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BOBCAT RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by DIG'EM, Feb 15, 2001.

  1. DIG'EM

    DIG'EM Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    Ihave tried case, gehl, jonh deere, and bobcat. I bought a bobcat 773 , with backhoe attachment, auger, pallet forks,and concrete bucket. Ilike the best what about you?
     
  2. DIG'EM

    DIG'EM Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    come guys tell me what your favorite is and why you like it.
     
  3. paul

    paul PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 151

    New Holland here, Bobcat just doesn't lift enough, Case nice machine but $6K for 100 lbs of lift sorry, Gehil don't like the controls, John Derre dosn't hold up, Cat can't lift, and the others just not there yet.
     
  4. Shack

    Shack Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    New Holland, love the long wheel base.
     
  5. DIG'EM

    DIG'EM Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    What do you mean wont lift e-nuff. Mine lifts most everthing iwant to.
     
  6. paul

    paul PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 151

    I would love to see it lift these:)

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  7. WALT

    WALT Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    I have used Bobcat, New holland, and Case. My prefence was the New Holland becase it had more nuts. Case was smooth and tough and once I got used to the hand controls, it was a joy to operate. Bobcat is a good all around machine, and is what I use now, most often. The skid steers I use are not the most well maintained, so as far as durabillity when they are beat up on,I know first hand in that case. The AIR BOSS wheels on a New Holland skid steer was a great set-up. My .02 cents
     
  8. diggerman

    diggerman Senior Member
    from Ames
    Messages: 700

    We use have a Case 90xt,reasons

    1 only one with air when I ordered it
    2 the only one available with ride control and belive me it makes a big diffrence
    3 the only machine with hydralic bucket coupler that has its own circut
    4 full servo control
    5 all of this and a two speed as well

    Need I say more,
    I also have air boss tires that I ordered new with the last 1845c I bought.They are wonder full for demolition,for increasing lifting capacity,and using around building site.As for dirt work they are fair until the tread wears.The idea of the replacable sections is a myth because of tread wear this is impossible with out major back damage,replacement sections are a fortune,airboss' can not be used for snow.So my opinion unless you fit into the positive categories listed above,foam fill a GOOD set of heavy walled skidsteer tires.
     
  9. EarthTech Landscapes

    EarthTech Landscapes Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I hane used Bobcat skidsteers for years, i have tried others but have always came back to bobcat. The main reason is the ease of operation for inexperienced users. I'm actually thinking of buying the new 864 trak machine. It is awesome on soft muddy ground and hills. plus it can lift a whole pallet of blocks or sod.
     
  10. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge Member
    Messages: 44

    Paul - Did your new JD die out on you? From reading your post it sounds like it might have.

    We've got a Gehl 6635 sxt, and love it. I don't like foot pedals at all, too much opportunity to step on pedal (and then I worry about lockout mechanism failing, even partially, and injuring someone). I've had nothing but good luck with Gehl's, both my own and when I worked elsewhere. We'll likely be buying a Gehl 4000 model sometime this year. I think the controls are the easiest around.

    If NH offered a model without pedals for bucket control, I'd give it heavy consideration. I like the low-low center of gravity and Paul's always whispering in my ear about how good they are.

    Gehl also offers a 2 speed. I never thought 12.5 mph would feel so fast!!
     
  11. paul

    paul PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 151

    Stonehenge, The John Deere didn't hold up to the abuse of lifting, we unloaded it this winter:) Someone needed it to move snow bad, didn't lose too much on it:(
    From what I understand you can now order them with hand controls so might want to give NH a look see.
    http://www.newholland.com/construction/products/LS190.asp

    [Edited by paul on 02-16-2001 at 11:46 AM]
     
  12. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,223

    I alwas liked the NH but Liked the JD more for the service point of veiw but never tried one BUt NH has always been my choice better than BC.
     
  13. SLSNursery

    SLSNursery PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 140

    We like Case

    We run a Case 1840 and are very happy with it. I am always thinking about getting another one, and will probably stay with Case. We have a dealer nearby, and I am always in favor of buying something from a local dealer rather than saving a few bucks at purchase price, then relying on a 1/2 hour or 1 hour trip to get parts or service.
     
  14. dan deutekom

    dan deutekom Member
    Messages: 82

    I love operating our case 1845c. It just works and works and I love the hand controls. My ankles just arn,t flexible enough for those foot controls.
     
  15. Pard

    Pard Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Stonehenge

    We own a New Holland with hand controls. Just tell them that you want them and they will install them for you. The dealer claimed that they were better than Case's hand controls but I disagree. However, in my opionion the overall machine with hand controls beats the tar out of case. Of course that is just my opioin.
    Pard
     
  16. diggerman

    diggerman Senior Member
    from Ames
    Messages: 700

    Trouble with most peoples comparison to Case it is inreguard to the 1840's and 1845's,there is no comparison when talking about the 75xt to 95xt.With full servo hand controls ease of operation is unparalleled.
     
  17. WALT

    WALT Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    Yes diggerman!

    I do remember that, altough it has been some time since I ran that case (5 yrs), that memory of the smoothness of the controls really stands out. I'm sure it was an XT model, but can't remember the specific size. I completly agree with you. I never knew those details you gave, but now I know, and knowing is half the battle!
     
  18. Henry

    Henry Member
    Messages: 55

    Paul,

    How old was your JD? I bought the 240 back in June and have no problem unloading pallets of sod or block off a truck. I also got the hand controls. wouldn't buy one without them.
     
  19. paul

    paul PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 151

    It was less than a year old:( One of the first 270's with 2 speed trans. problem was the torque tube in the back broke on us twice, JD fixed it both times but we felt it wouldn't hold up.
     
  20. concrete man

    concrete man Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Dig'ems bobcat

    Hey DIG'EM you out of date bobcat owner. I finally found you. I like a bobcat 773 just fine it lifts everything I need it to lift. It will haul in 1/2 yard of crete at a time. It's an awesome machine. Is that what you wanted me to say?