What is the best compact loader/ skid steer.?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by integrityman, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. integrityman

    integrityman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,713

    OK guys- need some advise here.

    What make and models do you like the best? Boxer, Bobcat, Toro-dingo, Prowler???

    Looking for something with capability to take a larger bucket, take a 36" auger, till, etc.

    Would prefer diesel... but gas ok too...I guess.... needs some feedback what engine do you like best?

    Would also like something with a good dump height too.
  2. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,542

    dump height will always be an issue with a mini. I bought a boxer 425d this year. This company sells inventory off at a big discount. Great company to work with. One of my tracks had a tear from shipping and they sent a tech out asap and replaced no questions asked http://www.cpecdirect.com/inventoryreduction
  3. turfed

    turfed LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Messages: 24

    I don't own one, but the local rental place has an Vermeer. I wish i knew the model. Gets the material into my 1 ton dump easily. I did some research on them a while back and it has more lifting capacity at a higher height than the dingo. Not sure about any of the others.
  4. integrityman

    integrityman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,713

    Thanks guys- I'm currently running a Kubota sub compact tractor....and would like something with a lot more versatility. I love my K-bo but id like it to dig bigger post holes, have tree forks, blah blah blah....
  5. Oasis-Outdoor

    Oasis-Outdoor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178


    If you use the search feature on here there is a thread somewhere that has tons of information about mini skids. I don't have time to search right now or I would post the link. If I find it again in the near future I will post the link. It has reviews, pictures and performance evaluations, and is an excellent resource.

    DIXIECONTRACTING LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 283

    Toro Dingo by far might have slightly less cap. than Bobcat but is the easiest to opperate and holds up well. I have had my tx425 for four years and no problems at all. A real moneymaker !!!

    DIXIECONTRACTING LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 283

    I also have a split bucket listed for sale that helps with your dump height it will increase your height by about 8" - 12"
  8. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,554

    Sk 650= king of the midget skids
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  9. YardGal

    YardGal LawnSite Member
    Messages: 125

    Or...free is good too. I'm just saying...:)
  10. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    Agree SK 650 from Ditch Witch King of the Mini-Skids

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