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What equipment to choose?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Shane472, Oct 12, 2003.

  1. Shane472

    Shane472 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    I'm having a tough time deciding if I should buy a bobcat skid steer or a compact tractor. Price is not an issue. I'd love to here the disadvantages and advantages of each type. Thanks.
     
  2. DaddyRabbit

    DaddyRabbit LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 937

    If you can make it happen get both. If you're only Landscaping, get the tractor, (as long as it's a Kubota). If you're doing a lot of loading, get the skid.
     
  3. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Messages: 1,578

    If I had to choose it would definitely be the skid steer. We are 90% residential design/build. Our bobcats (a 863, 53 & 43)are on almost every site and with the addition of the MT-50 last winter even the small yards have a machine on site. Skid steer is much faster than any tractor and can be maneuvered much easier. Just my opinion ..we have 2 tractors usually sitting at the yard.
     
  4. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    The only downside to a skid steer is the attachments are more expensive than on a tractor. But each is a very useful machine. Ive been wondering what to purchase for next year also.
     
  5. DaddyRabbit

    DaddyRabbit LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 937

    Try to do work in an established yard w/a skid steer and see where you wind up. Unless you get an Bobcat A-220 or an A-300 you're going to do more harm than good. I work them both and can tell you if given the choice for just Landscaping I'll go w/the tractor. If you do a fair amount of loading or off loading dirt or sod then go w/a skid. A skid steer will beat the hell out of you in a days work as well. Make no mistake, I love them both when using them for their intended purposes.
     
  6. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    We worked on a water line project we did 10 miles of restoration and another co. got 5 miles. when it flat out running a harly rake on a large area I prefer the trac . alot faster. residential installs skid steer only. If I had to choose only one I take the trac. personal choise
     
  7. SCL

    SCL LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 543

    So rabbit, never tore up a yard with a tractor? For res. work you can't beat a skid. Get a 3 pt. adaptor and put your seeder, pulverizer, box scraper on it. Gets places you don't dare go with a tractor. Cuts down the hand work and thats the bottom line isn't it? Tractor goes to large props and anywhere I don't want to go backwards for hours on end. Don't go to small on a skid or too big on a tractor.
     
  8. sidebuz

    sidebuz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    My two cents:
    -if you are going to do more landscape beds or lifting heavy loads... skid steer.
    -if you are doing lawn installs or where large properties are involved and don't need the lifting capacity of a SS... tractor.

    Me- I use a SS mainly. Large jobs, rent the tractor for $100/day. The only thing I would change; is I would get a SS with rubber tracks (Bobcat T190, T200 or the small ASV/Cat SS). Work when it is a little wetter, more stable (since you are not bouncing around, you the operator will feel a little better at the end of the day),and is "genltier" on a lawn than their wheel counterparts.
     
  9. WeatherMan

    WeatherMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 692

    I have a JD Loader and Hoe, And a Bobcat MT-50 they both get there fair use of work but the tractor is like two machines in one. So if you had to choose get the tractor
     
  10. Ideal Lwns & Landscp

    Ideal Lwns & Landscp LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    how much are the mt 50's going for..looking into getting one to use for mainly small paver patios..
     

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