It looks like i need to break down and buy a skid steer this year. Renting will cost me to much, and i never want to have to wheel barrel 14 pallets of versa lock into a back yard again. Here is the catch. I'm moving my business out of Jersey at the end of the year. I do not want to move with a big SS payment. I do not even know if the machine i will need here in NJ is what i will need when i move. Hell, i do not even know if i'll be doing the same thing when i move. Deep down i want a 257, but they are pricey. I figure my best bet would be to buy a used 236, 242, or 246 and sell it at the end of the year. If i find a good deal on a used one, it almost seems like i could use it for the year and sell it for only 2-3 grand less then i paid for it. I'd like a machine with under 500 hrs and pay 20-25k for it. I doubt i will put more then 450hrs on it in the season. What do you guys think i should do. Would i be better off buying a new Deere or NH in my price range and sell it at the end of the year, or would i loose less money buying a used cat?