We are looking to pick up a skid loader which can lift pallets of stone 2000-3000#. Many of the manufacturers list their unit specs as Operating Capacities, most in the 1700-2300 range. Some list their tipping capacities, again, varying from 2700# - 4500#. Obviously we wouldnt want to use a machine with the lower end ratings, but I figure a mid to upper end model would suffice. I would like to pick up a JCB, but am willing to consider just about any make or model. Personaly, I would like to stay away from the bobcats (personal experience reasons) . Just looking to see what unit(s) and models everyone is using and what their real life limitations are.