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247 cat skid steer loader will keep me going for a long time
I just bought a 1988 830cc cat skid steer loader and im not a real newbie to the business but it took me a long time to find one that was reliable in the $200-$300 range. So far my only complnts are
1. the loader is hard to operate, the control sticks are small so if you have gloves it takes a lot of getting used to.
2. the loader is a bit noisy. I did not find the power band until I turned on the machine and pushed the throttle. I could not see the power band when I was digging in the dirt.
3. the loader will not work if the wheels are not on the ground.
I would like to know if anyone has found any good machines in this price range?
2. The noise it makes when it shifts gears is like nothing else. Just enough to know where the machine is going. Also there is just enough of a buzz to get your attention when the engine is cold, in fact, it only kicks up enough to get noticed when it is running.
3. I have not come across any wheel drive machines that will work off-road. I think of course that these smaller machines are designed to work on concrete or hard packed dirt, not the loose sandy or wet areas that I have to go out and plow in the spring and fall.
1. That's really not that big of a deal, but there are better machines avlable at this price point. If the machine has less horsepower and/or torque, then it's going to be harder to operate. You're going to have to be more aggressive in what you're doing to get the machine moving through the soft dirt.
2. Some machines do make a lot of noise, there are also some quieter machines avlable. Noise will vary depending on the size and shape of the machine, the materials used in the chassis, and the quality of the components (bearings, etc.).
3. The machines I've tested in this class of machine range in size from about 24" to over 48" tires. They are designed to be used on a wide variety of terrn, for example, some machines will handle soft soil conditions, some will work well on wet, rocky, or slick terrn, while others can handle steep inclines and rough and bumpy terrn.
I would say that the biggest issue with these machines is that you can't tell what the ground conditions are until you put it in to test. I have worked with a guy that has a similar priced machine that is a very basic, very light duty model. He had a hard time getting it to work on the dirt road because of a bad track condition. The machine did however do quite well on smooth roads.
I have not worked with the gentleman that owns the machine that you mention, but I did see the product in an ad. I thought that it looked a little cheap. I'm not sure how it is used on roads, but if it's primarily used on dirt, I'm afrd that it would not be very effective, because you cannot tell if there are any issues with the ground condition until you try it out.
The product is a basic, heavy-duty, small farm machine that you can get pretty inexpensively. The problem is the machine that the farmer's wife is using is a very cheap model. For what I can tell of this machine, the design is basically the same.
I have bought 3 different walk behind machines over the last 20 years and I have had to use a different one of them every time. I did get mine on a lot of jobs but there was no job avlable for it so I had to sell it on Crg's List. I bought 2 of them new in 2000 and 2001. One was a 20" tire walk behind with one rear wheel and a 2 wheeled front steering wheel. It was nice and smooth. The other one was a 22" tire walk behind with one front wheel. It was a little sluggish and wasn't as smooth as the other one but was great for the jobs that I had. Then in 2004, I bought the other machine. I sold both machines and got a 24" tire walk behind with a 2 wheel front steering wheel that was easier to steer. When I get my next one, I'm going to make sure it's as quiet as possible. I want to find one that will do most of the jobs on the farm but not all of them. I'll likely buy one or two of them in the future but I'll save up more money before I make a $300 dollar investment. The machines are more expensive than the average used tractor that I see here in town. I think that the machine for the farm family should be a little more reliable than the average used tractor that you see here in town. The average used tractor on the farm is probably not as well taken care of as the machines are. Also, I think that the machine should be less expensive than the machines in the stores. A good machine at a good price is out of reach for a lot of people. It's the same as with a good used tractor. There's also more of a chance that the machine will break down before I need it. If it does, I'll have to sell it. I've sold a few that have broken down in the past so I know how it goes. Then, there's this thing called "competition". I'd really like to know who makes the best machine. How is it compared to the average? How does it compare to my current machine? And, if anyone has a machine for sale, let me know. I have an offer to make for the best one that I like.
Last edited by John C on Wed May 23, 2008 3:25 am, edited 1 time in total.
It is a very expensive operation. I have some in the store that I will only sell at a discount. It is not worth my time to sell them at retl. I need to make more money before I buy more. But, I should have an inventory of these machines and I think I have about 20 machines. I should have another 35 or 40 machines in my inventory. I also have the rest of my inventory of tractors, mowers, equipment, and a bunch of miscellaneous items. I just have a few more things to sell. I have a lot of items left. I haven't been in the tractor business as long as someone else in my town so I have much more inventory than someone else in the business. But, you get the idea.
I know that people say that people will sell for a lot less than retl if I just go out and knock on their door. But, I don't like that. I have a shop so I have a place to repr, sell, and buy equipment. But, I am not going to go to every house in my town to sell tractors for less than retl. There is no point in being in the tractor business if I can't make enough money to buy more machines.
As far as the auction goes, I just don't know how I would do it. I can set a price, but how could I let all the world know that I have a lot of tractors for sale? What if someone was bidding high to "get" my tractors because they were tired of bidding? I have to wt to get new machines first so I can use the auction to buy tractors. I could maybe just advertise in my ads so people could call me. I don't know.
Just read your post. You need to have a site to list and sell your machines on. The price and condition