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1spd or 2spd skid steer

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by DirtyJerzey, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. DirtyJerzey

    DirtyJerzey Senior Member
    Messages: 358

    What do most of you have for skids. All the skids we use are 1spd. Im looking at buying a new S300 bobcat that I can get a great deal on. Issue is that it is 1spd. Some guys I know say theyve never had anything other then 1spd for snow, others say you would be a fool to get a 1spd. Personally myself all the times we use skids are in smaller lots or doing driveways in HOAs, I picked up 2 larger (not huge) shopping centers. Basically all of the lanes are 18-20 parking spots long. What have been your experiences
     
  2. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish Senior Member
    Messages: 890

    Without a doubt 2 speed.
    Night and day difference.
     
  3. JB1

    JB1 Senior Member
    Messages: 178

    my next one will have it.
     
  4. DirtyJerzey

    DirtyJerzey Senior Member
    Messages: 358

    biggest issue is finding a used 2spd is few and far between and buying new its a huge price difference
     
  5. EdNewman

    EdNewman Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    Absolutely 2 speed unless you can fid a 3 speed (I wish) or are a really bad operator. If you are good, even a 2 speed seems slow.
     
  6. Kale Lawn

    Kale Lawn Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 107

    2 speed.. and run a slightly larger tire for increased plow speed. Our LS180 can run about 15mph!
     
  7. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    I will NEVER own a single speed skid again. Once you run a 2 speed in snow you will never go back.
    Robert
     
  8. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,246

    We had a storm over the weekend and it was my first experience with a two speed in the five years I have been plowing.

    I had one of my close friends (and best operators) in the machine and he managed to shave about 30% off the typical times at each location that he visited. I imagine that the time savings will increase as he gets more seat time in the two speed.

    He was using my pusher and I was amazed watching him. We have one site that is four acres of wide open asphalt and he blasted through it. He had it done in half the time that it took us last year. We added two more accounts this year and still finished two hours ahead of our normal route time that we had last year.

    I certainly won't be putting that pusher on a single speed machine ever again!

    If you can afford it, definitely get a two speed. If they are not very popular in your area, make the drive to get one. You will certainly make you money back if you bid your jobs right. Heck, I'm gonna make an extra grand per storm if things keep going like this!
     
  9. motoxguy

    motoxguy Senior Member
    from WI
    Messages: 295

    that's an easy one 2 speed just like everyone else says you will never go back
     
  10. 01lariat

    01lariat Member
    Messages: 96

    Single speed is too slow for any productivity. 2-speed all the way.
     
  11. edgeair

    edgeair Senior Member
    Messages: 597

    Agreed, 2 speed is the way to go. You make back the price difference in a hurry.
     
  12. ford6.9

    ford6.9 Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    If the areas you are doing are very tight one speed is "ok". Two speed is well worth the money, unless you are paid per hour.:rolleyes: I am going to be using my one speed to load salt next year and buying a new S250 2 seed to replace it.
     
  13. edgeair

    edgeair Senior Member
    Messages: 597

    A lot of times you'll get more per hour with a 2 speed anyways.
     
  14. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,172

    First you say it's a new machine, then you say "finding a used 2 speed is few and far between".............

    There's a reason the S300 w/o 2 speed is cheap, the dealer already knows not many want it. You'll face the same thing at resale time.

    Unless the machine was 10K less, I wouldn't personally buy it. But I've run 2 speed or probably 7 years.
     
  15. loaderplower93

    loaderplower93 Member
    Messages: 66

    If you can afford it 2 speed without a doubt