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Compact loaders anyone?

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by FinerCuts, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. FinerCuts

    FinerCuts Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 85

    Anyone on here use compact loaders for snow. I think these look like they would be extrememly effecient as they are fast and are heavy enough to push some serious snow. Of course nothing like a full size loader, but I have seen some set ups around near by malls and big commercial lots. A lot of people have one of these and a skid loader for parking lots and that is it, besides a truck to windrow and do around curbs. I want to see some pics!
     
  2. newlooklandscp

    newlooklandscp Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 476

    This is the Volvo L20 we ran last season. We have a L25 this year ...... we run a 10' arctic on it. Love the machines, love the pusher. Pusher a bit more than a skid but you need a good operator.

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  3. GMCHD plower

    GMCHD plower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,819

    Looks sweet... Any idea what it weighs?
     
  4. paponte

    paponte Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    Here's a pic dropping off our LW50 at a site. We use a bucket and 8' pusher on it.

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  5. FinerCuts

    FinerCuts Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 85

    Very nice so far guys! Whats everyone use on here for compact loaders? I have thought about adding one to the growing fleet, but when it comes to brand I don't have a clue! Everything looks great and lets keep them pictures coming.
     
  6. Effinay

    Effinay Member
    Messages: 35

    I have this little guy I'm restoring and setting up with an old 7' Meyers.
     
  7. Effinay

    Effinay Member
    Messages: 35

    Compact Loaders

    WTF !! Can't seem to upload any pics. Got to go back to upload pics class ....AGAIN!!!!
     
  8. Deerewashed

    Deerewashed Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    i like mustang volvo and tachi alot......
     
  9. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,261

    The compact Volvo's are a tough little machine. I have several pics posted of our old L35 stacking snow. Hard to beat the speed of compacts unless you are doing large open lots.
    This year we added a Deere 344j, but I'd hardly consider that a compact unit.
     
  10. FinerCuts

    FinerCuts Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 85

    One thing that I constantly find myself asking is these guys that have these big wheel loaders for snow and all these skid loaders, what percentage of them actually own the unit or rent them. Also if the majority of these companies with skids and loaders, are landscaping companies. I just find it hard to have 200k in units sitting during the summer. Even a compact loader I'm sure isn't cheap. What do they normally run new and then used?
     
  11. loaderplower93

    loaderplower93 Member
    Messages: 66

    I ran a Deere 244J a few winters back loading a lot of salt and doing some pushing with it too. I liked it a lot, comfy cab, good power, and quick!
     
  12. R.G.PEEL

    R.G.PEEL 2000 Club Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 2,160

    I own my machinery because there is work for it in the summer doing construction and landscape construction so they work all year. Even those who don't have use can still justify the cost of ownership if they are planning to be in it for more than just the first season. If snow is the only use for it, renting is not a bad option either if the rates are decent, you can rent ridiculously expensive machinery relatively cheap in the winter when its not being used.
     
  13. paponte

    paponte Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    We buy our loaders used. Depending on hours and size they typically range from $20k-$60k. You save on the initial cost, but you must look at machines carefully as repairs can be very costly. Upkeep is key, and you must be able to do most repairs in house.
     
  14. theonlybull

    theonlybull Senior Member
    Messages: 405

    we built an attachment for a customer who bought a new 344J this summer.. that's one nice machine. i'd sure love to have one to play with lol
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    i think it had 21 hours on it
     
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2010
  15. ColumbiaLand

    ColumbiaLand Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    Whats up with the corkscrew. It that a spreader attachment? Never seen one of those. Great Idea
     
  16. ColumbiaLand

    ColumbiaLand Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    Love the compact loaders.
     
  17. theonlybull

    theonlybull Senior Member
    Messages: 405

    lol. that's actually for loading the bucket. it's built to pick up manure from under the pens on the local mink ranches. Most are mounted on farm tractors, but this customer wanted one on his new loader.:mechanic:

    the auger telescopes out 30", and the bucket tilts like a 6-way dozor blade, so they can deal with uneven ground purplebou

    here's a tractor mounted version, with a new operator learning how to run it

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW_Dw8SFXD4

    ok, highjack over prsport
     
  18. rock18201

    rock18201 Member
    from NEPA
    Messages: 40

    I ran an L25 last winter with a 8foot snow pusher it did the job and was ok. i am use to running a backhoe or loader this year we bought a L50 i will post some pics of in action if we ever get anysnow.
     
  19. FinerCuts

    FinerCuts Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 85

    Sounds good! Keep the pics coming guys!
     
  20. newlooklandscp

    newlooklandscp Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 476

    Volvo unit is just shy of 11,000lbs. The arctic is about 1800lbs.