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buying a CAT Skid Steer should i get a 2 speed

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by DODGEing, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. DODGEing

    DODGEing Member
    Messages: 53

    im 90% leaning towards a newer CAT atleast 70hp but im unsure if I want a 2 speed model. A used 2 speed machine is alot harder to find and I found a good machine I really like but its not 2 speed.
  2. erkoehler

    erkoehler PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,252

    If using for snow I'd only buy two speed. No question about it.
  3. DODGEing

    DODGEing Member
    Messages: 53

    it will definately be moving snow
  4. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,468

    Get the 2-speed, it will be handy. When you go to sell or trade it will help you.
  5. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,468

    What are you looking at?
  6. justinzich

    justinzich Member
    Messages: 54

    If you have never run a 2-speed you can probably survive with out it, but once you have it, man it is hard to go back.
  7. DODGEing

    DODGEing Member
    Messages: 53

    CAT 262B 05-07....Never have had 2 speed to move snow. I actually only have operated a 2 speed machine twice for about 10 minutes
  8. justinzich

    justinzich Member
    Messages: 54

    I know for me the two speed saves a lot of time, but as I mostly charge hourly it just means trying to increase the rates to compensate.
  9. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    the 2 speed saves an enormous amount of time both for you and your machines.
    machines cost money to run, so the fewer hours you can put on your machine, the less your maintenance for the same job.

    Just for transiting from job site to job site, or from one edge to the other when cutting or dumping materials.

    The two speed is a must have.

    Jobs are all about low cost (esp now) and anything you can do to lower your costs makes you money.
  10. Skid Mark

    Skid Mark Member
    from ny
    Messages: 81

    you want to be fast and productive so you need the two speed option no doubt about it.
  11. DODGEing

    DODGEing Member
    Messages: 53

    thanks for the input.....I guess ill keep on looking until i find a 2 speed

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,286

    Do the 2 speed you won't regret it. My 252 and 247 will run circles around the 873.
  13. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,709

    Definetaly get the 2 speed.:waving:
  14. loaderplower93

    loaderplower93 Member
    Messages: 65

    If you can afford it, totally get the 2-speed
  15. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,172

    I can't believe that no one here has mentioned it yet, but you definately want a 2 speed! :dizzy:

  16. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,393

    in about a month there will be about (2010's) 40 to 50 new cats forsale around chicago. the machine are like brand new, only used to plow this years winter.
  17. newhere

    newhere PlowSite.com Addict
    from Fenton
    Messages: 1,288

    Who will be selling them and what size machines?
  18. dieseld

    dieseld Senior Member
    from 90210
    Messages: 627

    Arctic snow & ice.
  19. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,393

    and yes have a winner !!!!! 252b's and i think 262b's
  20. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,806

    The new stuff is C series there are no new 2010 262B's. That is what I'm looking at getting now a 262c or 72