Wheeled or Tracked Boxer mini

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by PerfiCut L&L, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. PerfiCut L&L

    PerfiCut L&L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 458

    Were looking at getting picking up a Boxer 427 to help with the digging labor of puting in small patios and walkways. I'm undecided if we should get one with tracks or wheeled. The sales rep says you tend to get less traction with the wheeled machines thus reducing its digging force. However, you gain a little extra ground speed, and are able to make sharper turns while doing less damage, as well as getting a little better traction in the snow (if we decide to use it for that)

    Just wondering what your opions are on these mini's with regards to wheeled or track driven.
  2. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    get the tracked... no question.
  3. cmlandscapeconstruction

    cmlandscapeconstruction LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    I would take the tracked machine. just know that the daily operating cost is higher also if you plan on spending any substantial amount of time operating this machine on any hard surface other than soil you will burn through tracks. if you must operate on cement/asphalt do everything in your power to run the machine without turning. if digging is the main function go tracked.
  4. PerfiCut L&L

    PerfiCut L&L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 458

    good points so far. 98% of the work will be done in the yard, with an occasional trip across the asphault or what not.

    Is anyone using a wheeled machine? and what cons have you experienced with them?
  5. l3en007

    l3en007 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    do these little boxers go for? is there a site where i can check them out at ? thanks...
  6. Mid-Ohio Scaper

    Mid-Ohio Scaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

  7. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    We just purchased a Bobcat MT52 (tracked). I personally did not even consider any of the wheeled model mini-skids...
  8. Mid-Ohio Scaper

    Mid-Ohio Scaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    Personally, if I'm gonna spend $20,000 on a machine I'm gonna opt for a full size used loader and have the extra power just in case I might need it. I rented one of those mini loaders once and was extremely disappointed. It had no power, it couldn't reach high enough to load into my trailer or truck, and it was a killer on my back while I tried to operate & hold myself on the damn thing at the same time.
    The mini skid is just not for me. JMO :nono:
  9. jg244888

    jg244888 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    do a search its been over talked about!!!!
  10. PerfiCut L&L

    PerfiCut L&L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 458

    Boxer is running a special due to over production last year. $5k off retail price through the end of the month.

    We priced a 427 with bucket and a set of forks. $15k including tax. The wheeled version is $1k less.

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