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Backhoe Pusher

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by cold_and_tired, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,246

    Been calling around getting prices on 12' protech pushers but everyone seems to have sold their stock of them already. Most of the places I have called only have 14' models in stock.

    Do you guys think a Cat 420E will handle a 14 footer or should I keep looking around for a 12?

    The two models are very close in price and I think I can wheel and deal them down on the 14 foot to the price of the 12 foot. I just don't want to get too much box for the machine.
     
  2. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    I have ran a 420 in dirt but not in the snow. Compared to a deere it seamed a little underpowered. A JD 310 has about 10 more hp if I am not mistaken. I am sure it could handle a 14ft in light snow but in a heavy snow you may run into trouble. Remember a 14ft is also going to be less maneuverable. I would say keep hunting until you find a 12ft pusher but that is my opinion.
    Good luck on the hunt.
    Robert
     
  3. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,246

    Found a new 12 footer at a great price.
     
  4. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    Snag it up. Are you looking at buying or renting the hoe?
    Robert
     
  5. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
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    I'm just going to be renting for now. I don't really have a use for one over the summer. The Cat dealer is looking at putting together a seasonal lease for me next year. By that point, I should be using two backhoes, a skid and possibly a truck. My ultimate goal is not to need trucks.
     
  6. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    Thats the way to go. Next year my plan is to have 2 skids and a farm tractor with a pusher.... I am sure my brother will want to stay in the truck though lol.
     
  7. PlatinumService

    PlatinumService Senior Member
    Messages: 559

    do you do any salting?
     
  8. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
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    I did but now I sub everything to a company that does it for about $20 a ton more than I can. I only use about a ton and a half per storm and it's a nice convenience for me. I was getting tired of loading my tailgate spreader with bulk sand/salt 5-7 times per storm anyway.
     
  9. PlatinumService

    PlatinumService Senior Member
    Messages: 559

    just one less thing to go wrong on your dime, nothing wrong with that.
     
  10. SRT

    SRT Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    get a 10 footer will handle the best