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12 foot box on bobcat vs 12 foot box on loader, whats the difference??

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by FurFishGame, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. FurFishGame

    FurFishGame Member
    Messages: 35

    seriously, i hear alot about 12 foot pushboxes on both loaders and skidsteers, wouldnt a skid be cheaper to buy and operate? why not just use that?

    stupid question i know..
  2. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,511

    Loader has a much BIGGER bucket
    loader weighs about 20,000 lb more.
  3. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    Depending on the loader here are the main differences. Weight, Horsepower, and those two add up to traction. A skid steer would be stopped quickly trying to push a 12 foot pusher full of snow.
  4. ServiceOnSite

    ServiceOnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 927

    All different ways of looking at this. Skid might have a cheaper fuel bill on a nightly basis but your gonna work the machine harder so other things might break sooner. Loader depends on what you get size wise. To big and you cant get it in every where, transportation costs to move it around, huge fuel bill.
  5. WilliamOak

    WilliamOak PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,986

    The loader model pushers typically are taller and "deeper" boxes. So in theory a 12' loader box would hold a much larger amount of snow as you push
  6. Emmanuel

    Emmanuel Member
    Messages: 50

    Exactly what everyone else said. We run a 12' pusher on our skidloader and it works for light fluffy snow. When we get heavier snow we just backdrag with the skids and let the loaders clean up. Once the skidloader loses traction it's game over. Also with the loaders we are able to run 16'-18' pushers and speed up production. Another advantage with the loader is the ability to stack much higher. The skidloader is a Gehl 7810 w/100hp and still loses traction fairly easy.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2014
  7. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    A loader can stack a lot higher, more power, and in some cases faster ground speed.
  8. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,968

    Plus you have a better view. Nice being up high.