What size skid steer for snow.

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by WLC47, Oct 3, 2019.

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  1. WLC47

    WLC47 LawnSite Member
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    Im looking into buying a skid steer for snow and was wondering if any of you more experienced members could give me some tips on what I need to look for when buying. It seems like just like mowers at 2000 hrs you need to worry about hydros but is there anything else? And is there a brand that stands out in quality? Ive used bob cat before and those seemed good
  2. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    How much do you want to spend?

    I just bought a Case SV280 with 116 hours on it from Arctic at a really good deal.

    Arctic buys 300 to 400 machines each year, uses it for one season....then sells them at a big discount. Arctic ends up buying another 300 to 400 machines each year...which gives them a big discount plus huge write offs.

    Arctic has been buying the last few years from Case....which is a very good machine. You get almost a two year warranty through Case. And the only catch is if you want to buy an extended warranty...you need to buy it before the original warranty expires.

    Otherwise you've got a 1 year and 1/2 factory warranty.

    I've used my skid steer for moving trees, rocks, and gravel this year....and now getting ready for winter.

    SV280 is a large frame machine....can lift 2800 pounds and has a very large breakout force.....just don't know it off the top of my head.

    The skid steer has a huge time saver when it came time to remove the trees. I can not explain what a huge help it was picking up these huge stumps and we were able to fill the dump trailer twice in 3 hours....including dumping.

    It's a very useful machine....but you'll get stuck buying attachments....since they become so handy with every job you tackle.

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  3. Mowing monkey.

    Mowing monkey. LawnSite Senior Member
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    I can’t stand a foot pedal skid steer. The joystick ones are way nicer to use. I ended up buying a Kubota M59 and not a skid steer but I’d have probably bought a SLV75. My tow rig could have handled a 95 no problem but it was quite a bit more $$. Personally I’d buy the biggest one you can move or afford whichever is the limiting factor.
  4. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
    from Chicago
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    Go over to plowsite for all your snow questions.
  5. Michael J. Donovan

    Michael J. Donovan Head Moderator, Online Communities Staff Member
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    agree and yes...please post all snow and ice related discussions on www.plowsite.com

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