What's the average life of a skid steer?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by FIRESCOOBY, Mar 23, 2004.


    FIRESCOOBY LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    On original motor.

    I have always wondered about this. I've run them for years, but most hours I have ever seen on one I ran was about 2k. Owner of the grading company always traded when they hit around 2k. I've run 963's with 4-5k on original motor, but never seen a skid steer that high.

    I've been thinking about buying one. It would probably be either Bobcat or New Holland.

    What's the most you've seen?

  2. Mike Fronczak

    Mike Fronczak LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    When I bought my first one, I asked the dealer the same question. This is what I was told basiclly. "I've seen the be shot at 1500 hrs, I've seen them with 7000+ hrs, comes down to three things, maintenance, work conditions, & operator (abuse). I've had three now, a 2001 753 bought new trade in with 300 hrs, was in better condition than when I bought it, & got $ 16,500 (paid $ 19,000 new) on trade (was 3 yrs old, only used for snow). Trade (plus more)for a 2000 873 w 300 hrs & 2000 773 w 1100 hrs. Both machines run perfect, looking for another 10 + years of service out of the, remember they only push snow though.
  3. lars

    lars LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    I second that, it definitely depends on maintenance and operators.

    At my current job we just blew up our NH Lx885, probably had only 2000 hours on it. I beleive this is after a rebuild and a new turbo. The Bobcat 873 at my previous job lost an engine at about the same time.

    Both of these are at golf courses, and I would say the cause came down to poor operators. My biggest gripe is not warming an engine up and not cooling an engine down. This is especially important when you have a turbo.

    Turbos spin much faster than your engine. They need lubrication too. You need to warm the engine up to get oil to the turbo. On the same note, NEVER shut off a turbocharged engine at full RPMs. When you do that, you leave the turbo spinnig at 10,000 RPM with no oil. This is the quickest way to kill a turbo.
  4. mtoms26100

    mtoms26100 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I have two case skidloaders. One with 3200 hours and one with 7800 hours on orginal motor. We run them every day. Would like to trade the older one because I feel that if i got that out of it I better go ahead and get rid of it before if cost me big money
  5. GeeVee

    GeeVee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    I'm sitting on a 94 Bobcat 753 with a Kubota diesel at 10,673 hours-

    Just replaced a hose -the worst hose to have to replace, in six hours and two hundred smackers. Not mentioning the beer- just the hose and oils and filters.

    I've got to keep it bit longer to get that money back.

    Proper pmcs and operational technique is the key.

  6. xcopterdoc

    xcopterdoc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 752

    we had several where I used to work... The high timer was a 973 bobcat at 9950 hours(Perkins motor), a 743 at 5300(Kubota motor), an 873 at 2500(Duetz motor), an 864 at 1200(Duetz motor). I cant say they were all trouble free, but no engines were overhauled yet and no major hyd probs except drive motors on the 743.

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