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Cat 906 Wheel Loader

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by ff610, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. ff610

    ff610 Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    Hey guys, I'm fairly new to heavy equipment. I've run some skid loaders quite a bit, but after seeing the success with wheel loaders I decided to buy one. I bought a Cat 906. Has anyone used one? I was gonna buy a 12' sectional, but I didn't know if I could go bigger or if I should go smaller. Any thought would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  2. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    my own opinion on this, is a 12ft sectional is all you want to put on that thing, it isn't about power, but weight, that 908 doesn't weigh very much compared to a case 621 or a Cat 920, you are going to get a larger box half full the start to spin out JMO (besides driving down the road with something larger then a 12footer is a PITA)
  3. ff610

    ff610 Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    Yeah thats what I was thinking too. It's tough enough to get around with a 12' anyways. Thanks for the input.
  4. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,030

    A 906 weighs around 10-11k so a 12 ft will be good in most situations. I'd go with an LD version as I don't think you'll be able to push an HD.
  5. ff610

    ff610 Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    Yep definitely a LD. Glad I could accept your award in Rhode Island. Hopefully meet you next year!
  6. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,030

    I was very disappointed I couldn't make it. I've been the last 2 years but because of the rain we had so much farm work to catch up on I had to make the decision to stay.
  7. speedy

    speedy Senior Member
    Messages: 104

    Add some ballast (Calcium Chloride, RV Antifreeze or W/W fluid to the tires) to get a little more traction. It kills travel speed a bit, but the added production on-site should make up for it.

    SNOWLORD Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 610

    I agree with everyones opinions 12 ft max. and weight will be key, anyway to add a ton or two would help. Good luck
  9. ColumbiaLand

    ColumbiaLand Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    A 12' LD would be perfect on the 908. Some out there have run a 14' LD, but I would stay with the 12' LD
  10. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,171

    I know a guy with a older cat 910, He runs a tall and very deep 10ft pusher and it does pretty well, When it is full he does have some traction issues though. I agree add some weight for your 12ft and you should be ok.
  11. ff610

    ff610 Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    So what is the best ballast to add? Any idea on cost? Never heard of this but thats expected, like I said never ran much of my own equipment. Thanks for the info guys!
  12. Bigdog4342

    Bigdog4342 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I'm looking for a wheel loader for winter piece of mind (906h2). Wondering if you guys have ideas how to pay for this in off season. We are a small design build and use skid steers .