John Deere 8875
I'm interested in a John Deere 8875 skid. They were made between 94-98. It has 61 HP with about 1950 hours on it. Also the tires have approx. 20-30% tread-wear left and it's a 2 speed (12 mph). I haven't actually been able to go check it out yet, but based on the pictures so far, it looks to be in good shape. Based on what the person that is selling says, it's only been used for snow removal.
So with that, I fielding out responses to those that have used them, and tell me what you think. When the 8875 was made, was it a solid machine, are there certain things to look out for on that model (i.e.: weak bushings, cylinder's leaking easily or pitting chrome, etc).
I am looking at adding a 9 ft. sno-wolf plow with the fast-tach pusher. I think 61 HP would be adequate, but again, I'm fielding out responses. Currently I use my truck to plow, but I'm wanting to get into a skid. They are quicker, can earn you more money, and can stack better than a plow truck.
I have used skids in the past for snow removal, but only with buckets on, and I'm not interested in using a giant snow bucket on business parking lots. Townhouses could work with that, but again, I've been there, done that with snow buckets, and in my opinion, a plow on a 2 speed skid is just the way to go.
I did a search before asking this question, and could not find anything related to my question.
Thanks to all who reply.
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