I guess I am looking at it more as useability than speed over a skid. I like that I could run the mini with a 30in bucket and dump right into it, much harder with a skid, also being able to dig out material out of the box is nice too. The rubber tires I like but I think in muddy area I can see them getting stuck when fully loaded. Never a perfect machine but looking for that swiss army machine that can handle as much as possible. Still giving it thought. This job I am using a track loader to do it and talking to somone who has a tracked one for sale unfortunatly not local.