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The Best Mini Skid

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by LMartin, Apr 12, 2019.

  1. LMartin

    LMartin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Hello, I operate a fledgling rental company to occupy my evenings and weekends and am thinking of adding a mini skid to my fleet. I'm looking for input on which one landscapers like to rent as that is the customer base I will be targeting. I lean towards Bobcat because I have a good relationship with a local dealer that gives me good support. But I'm not stuck on that would like some input! Thanks!
  2. Mac-s Lawn & Snow

    Mac-s Lawn & Snow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    I've run them all. I think you should only be considering Bobcat Toro or Ditch Witch. If Bobcat is your trusted dealer then go with them. I find the controls easier to run on the Toro and Ditchwitch. Its been awhile since I've run a boxer or ramrod and the machines they were making 15 or 20 years ago were kinda problematic.
  3. OP

    LMartin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Thanks! Those are the 3 I've been looking at. It seems like a lot of people like the controls of the Toro, but I've read a lot of complaints of issues on them....
  4. Mac-s Lawn & Snow

    Mac-s Lawn & Snow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    The place I rent from sells both Toro and Bobcat, for rentals they mostly use Toro. They always have less than a hundred hours on them. The cost is $200 a day. I would rent one 5 or 6 times a season when I was strictly doing hardscapes. The owner of the Ditchwitch dealership told me they were really only a machine that would last a thousand hours. That didn't seem right to me and I'll bet there are guys here that get more life from their DW's
  5. Cjames808

    Cjames808 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 179

    Toro recently acquired DitchWitch. I heard they are going to make them red right away and market as different chassis until they fully merge.
    Toro boss exmark ditchwitch snorator inc

    I’d go with the nicest Vermeer you can find. The integrated platforms are the safest. The price seems very reasonable compared to the dingos.

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  6. Sti2.5ldohc

    Sti2.5ldohc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    Where did you hear that? From that video of the toro executives they were saying they weren’t going to do that. At least for awhile.
  7. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,648

    Ultimately as a rental outfit you do your own maintenance and repair, so dealer support shouldn’t be a thing.

    Bobcat will put up with the most abuse from rentals
    Toro has the best assortment of attachments and the best user friendly operation for novices.
    Toro will get rented out more

    I would choose toro dingo to rent
    Bobcats are more intimidating to people who aren’t professionals
  8. OP

    LMartin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    All very good advice! Thanks! Keep it coming!

    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,425

    I ran a newer toro diesel last season before the frost, I liked it. And the bucket lifted higher than the last toro version the place rented to me
    hort101 and Walker56 like this.
  10. OP

    LMartin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Also curious which attachments you think are most worthwhile?

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