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Value of BobCat 610?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by KrayzKajun, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    found this 4-sale on craigslist.

    looks like its in pretty good shape for being 20years old. the guy is asking

    here is the description:Ready to work Bobcat 610 loader. Gasoline engine. Has main bucket but no other accessories. Recently replaced main arm hoses. Has maintenance manual, a new belt that has not been installed yet (the one on the bobcat is working fine at the moment), and a 2.5 gallon container of new hydraulic fluid included. No idea as to the year or how many hours total time. The hobbs was smashed and painted over when I bought it and the new one only shows 18 hours or so.
    i like this little bobcat.
  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    jus wondering if it is worth the $4000.00

    looks like it could be handy on some small landscape installs and around my yard
  3. CAT powered

    CAT powered LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    I think you can find some better values if you're willing to spend another 3 thousand or so. If you spend 7 or 8 to start with you'll get a better quality machine that will cost you less in downtime as well as parts.
  4. SuperDuty335

    SuperDuty335 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 140

    It's worth it. Repairs are CHEAP compared to newer machines.
  5. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,151

    Thats for sure. They cant lift and they cant dig and they always require some wrenching. I had a 610 years ago. Spend a little more and get a machine that can get something done.
  6. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,407

    Why not just get a dingo? They will probably be much more versatile for landscaping... you can get one for about 4k as well... and they are cheap to repair as well.
  7. tallrick

    tallrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    I would not pay 4000 for a 610. It's a good machine, but the Wisconsin 4 cylinder just doesn't have a whole lot of torque. The drive belt is an issue to deal with. You can't lift much or dig a lot. However, I have had one since 1990 and used it around the yard for moving dirt, spreading mulch, moving engines, etc. The advantage of the machine is its light weight, with 12 inch wide tires you don't leave the ruts a bigger machine would. The later ones accept some attachments, but not all. Maintenance is easy, but an older machine often has missing parts or rust to deal with. I got my machine for trade for some stuff I had, about a 1500.00 value. For 4,000.00 I would have gotten a later machine, recently I was offered a Bobcat 863 for that price, high hours but runs great. While I restore my 610 I have been using my 843. The power is almost double in a machine that is only slightly larger. If I pick up a load of dirt in the 610 I can almost stall out on those tight turns. The 843 does not have that problem. On those rare occasions that I loaned a machine I loaned the 610 as it has no radiator to overheat and is a lot less destructive. However, if I needed productivity I would go for a hydrostatic drive machine with 46 or more horsepower diesel engine. For home use the quieter and less destructive 610 is a good choice. However, I cannot see any 610 being worth more than 3000.00 in great condition. This year a friend bought a 720 bobcat for 500.00 and I have bought an 863 for less than 1000.00 with a blown engine for rebuilding. Right now I know of a 743 bobcat in good running condition for 3500.00
  8. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    thanks fellas

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