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bobcat 743 lift

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by mtstclair, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. mtstclair

    mtstclair Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 53

    I am looking at a 743 bobcat I know its rated a 1300lb but I am curious about real world experence will it lift a 2000lb skid of salt of a truck can you sneek it off or now thank in advance
     
  2. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    Highly doubt it.
    We had a 773 and it wouldnt lift a skid of sod.
    Maybe the sod weighed more but the machine was bigger too.
     
  3. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    I have lifted skids of Ice melt with my 773. I wouldnt want employees doing it though.Thumbs Up It picked it up but was very tippy, all I needed to do was get it clear of the truck, after that I dropped it to just off the ground to move it. If needed Ill do again, the 743 I believe is just alittle smaller, so worst case take a few bags off the farthest edge (leverage factor) & you should be fine. Still better to only move 5-10 bags by hand than 50.
     
  4. CGM Inc.

    CGM Inc. PlowSite Veteran
    from Ontario
    Messages: 3,589

    pushing it! Ours is also very tippy with 1000kg on it.
     
  5. dforbes

    dforbes Senior Member
    Messages: 247

    I would look at getting a bigger machine. You might be able to sneak a pallet off, but it is not safe. Also you are putting undo stress on your pumps and hydrolic system. This will cost you more money in the long run. I had a new holland lx485 which had about the same rating, and we used to bust pallets in half and load 1000lbs at a time. I upgraded to a S250 a couple of years ago and am very happy it. Not only can load and unload everthing I need to but, it has also improved production while landscaping.
     
  6. ohiogreenworks

    ohiogreenworks Senior Member
    Messages: 381

    My dad's 743 would not lift a skid of sidewalk salt out of the truck. Exactly 2k lbs. The most I have lifted with it is around 1500 lbs
     
  7. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Aren't mosat skids of salt 2450-2500#?
     
  8. ohiogreenworks

    ohiogreenworks Senior Member
    Messages: 381

    Ya but the ones I was trying to lift were 40 bags 50 lbs each. :)
     
  9. mtstclair

    mtstclair Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 53

    I only need to do it several times a year but thanks for the info. Was looking at them cause of the price but I guess Im going to have to spend a little more but I guess ill get a little more. I was looking for a machine under 6000lb so it would be a little easier to transport. My little tractor thinks it can move anything but im just out growing it in the loading deparment
     
  10. ISLDSNOWREMOVAL

    ISLDSNOWREMOVAL Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    i have a 753 bobcat but i woldnt try it fully loaded take some bags off and you will b fine but dont make any sudden movment or you will have 500lbs of bulk salt lol...other than that that machine is fine for snow i run mine with a 84 in snow bucket and stack 10ft high just need to know how to run the machine
     
  11. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,487

    No it won't.
     
  12. ISLDSNOWREMOVAL

    ISLDSNOWREMOVAL Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    no it wont what?
     
  13. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,487

    "Will it lift a 2000lb skid of salt off a truck?" The original question.
     
  14. purpleranger519

    purpleranger519 Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 536

    Not happening. You would be lucky to get 1700lbs up.
     
  15. ISLDSNOWREMOVAL

    ISLDSNOWREMOVAL Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    yea your right bout that