1. Welcome to PlowSite. Notice a fresh look and new features? It’s now easier to share photos and videos, find popular topics fast, and enjoy expanded user profiles. If you have any questions, click HELP at the top or bottom of any page, or send an email to help@plowsite.com. We welcome your feedback.

    Dismiss Notice

A300 Owners Take Note!

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by DGODGR, May 29, 2011.

  1. DGODGR

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 639

  2. DGODGR

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 639

    If anyone has questions I will be happy to offer a reply.
     
  3. ford6.9

    ford6.9 Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    So any update or metal shavings showing up?
     
  4. DGODGR

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 639

    I have been too busy to check into it. As I probably mentioned in the other thread I had the Bobcat mechanic come out and finish the install. we recently did a retaining wall installation that required the use of the skid on some steep grades. It would occasionally leak oil. It was not consistent and the oil would drip from the bottom of the machine (at the back of the pan, where the fuel tank drain is). When I had time I began searching for the leak. I could not find any leaks in the hydraulic system. I did, however notice that one of the bolts that secures the rear access hatch (the one we used to do the repairs) was missing. It made perfect sense. As the machine gaind incline the chaincase oil would shift to the rear and spill out through that bolt hole. Needless to was relieved that I did not have a hydraulic leak but I was pissed that the compartment was probably being contaminated with dirt and water. Of course the dealer said that it probably vibrated out. No way! There was a bunch of the selant in the hole and when I installed a new bolt it required a lot of effort to screw it in. It felt as though there was still thread locker gumming up the threads. I had one of my guys suck out all the old oil and replace it with new oil. No samples as of yet but I intend to replace it again when the fall rush slows down.
    Are you thinking of buying one?
     
  5. ford6.9

    ford6.9 Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    Looking into a S300 or A300 two speed. Just not too sure if the A300 is worth the extra money is it will come into issues as I own it. I wont be buying new to 2-3 years old. less than 1000 hours.
     
  6. DGODGR

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 639

    The chaincase on an A300 is the same as all the other large frame Bobcats of the same era, including the S300. It stands to reason that any one could have the same issue that my A300 had inside the chaincase. As far as the A300 vs the S300 I would go with the A300. I have only owned A series skid steers. I started with an A220 and then moved up to an A300. I like the way they function. I have used SKID steers but never owned one. The all wheel steer units will get much more traction and push more material, especially if you have to manuever while pushing. If I was not interested in the all wheel steer I owuld buy a Cat not a Bobcat.
     
  7. rich414

    rich414 Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    jason, is this the plate under the seat on top of the chain case, there are 8-10 bolts? the shop called this the rear drive shaft inspection plate? give a call if you want.
    Rich