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Compact Wheel Loaders

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Gr8WhiteNorth, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. Gr8WhiteNorth

    Gr8WhiteNorth Senior Member
    Messages: 211

    Anyone have experience with compact wheel loaders? We blew the engine in our full sized Volvo loader and the rebuilding cost is pretty much the same as purchasing a Cat 904B.

    We would want it for loading trucks and scraping parking lots. I'm planning on putting on the biggest snow bucket possible when loading trucks. The standard bucket only hold 1.3 yds heaped

    Input would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,954

    Our Gehl 680 is awesome. Great for plowing with a 12' blade, also just high enough reach for easily loading quadaxles with heaping loads of snow
  3. Gr8WhiteNorth

    Gr8WhiteNorth Senior Member
    Messages: 211

    Also, we have a Boss BX-12. Too much for it @ 10,000lbs?
  4. Gr8WhiteNorth

    Gr8WhiteNorth Senior Member
    Messages: 211

    I checked out the Gehl. Looks like a little beast. Its 2000lbs heavier, 1ft higher lift, and 20 hp more. I wonder it the CAT is too small??
  5. BMWSTUD25

    BMWSTUD25 Senior Member
    Messages: 630

    Cat 904 is a pretty small machine......how about a 906 or 908 if youre looking at a Cat?

    Also subscribing because I think a compact loader will be the next snow purchase for us and I'm looking to continue to gather all the opinions and insight I can. I basically just want the biggest mini I can get that still uses the universal skid steer quick connect.
  6. Perry.

    Perry. Member
    Messages: 43

  7. dycproperties

    dycproperties Member
    Messages: 37

    We have a terex tl120 and it has been great we bought it new last year and it has done everything we have asked and then some it pushes a 12ft box every storm and scrapes and loades trucks in between.
  8. johndeereguy

    johndeereguy Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 158

    I bought 3 Deere 324J loaders last fall. We love them. We run 12ft Arctics on them. Great machines, visibility is awesome. Wish I could have 20 of them
  9. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    What sized lots are you going to be doing. Our Dresser weighs about 18,000lbs and with the BX12 I think it is a great combo. Sometimes it struggled but that was more due to the tires, they were brand new but AG type tread.
  10. Pristine PM ltd

    Pristine PM ltd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,794

    They are all we use in the loader department. We have 3 244j's, a terex, and rent two more 244J's. They have 12 foot blades and move a ton of snow. Nothing but good to say
  11. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    I have a new holland wb50 which weights in at almost exactly 10,000 lbs. I think it's like a 50 hp.

    But it does have ag tires on it.

    It runs a 12 ft box or a 10 ft blade. Awesome either way.

    When we are relocating snow with wet packed down crap dug out of a pile it sometimes struggles with a full 12 ft box but we are pushing around an S bend with a full box.

    We have had a couple snows deep enough so that when winrowing with the plow enough it gets pushed sideways. But it always works with a backhoe and they tag team it. Winrows are usually higher than the plow at this point. And they are at schools that on weekends are not a priority.
  12. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    Couple other things. Only machine, 10k is not big enough in my opinion.

    I like backhoes because of summer extra work, but a baby wheel loader is so maneuverable it's unbelievable. It feeds the backhoes like 2 trucks on steroids.
  13. PALS Landscapin

    PALS Landscapin Senior Member
    Messages: 118

    I used to have the Cat 906 and 908 and got rid of them and bought the Deere 244J. All I have to say is the 244J is by far better machine and prob one of the best purchases I made.
  14. Gr8WhiteNorth

    Gr8WhiteNorth Senior Member
    Messages: 211

    The Deere 244's travel speed kills the CAT. That is a big consideration. Do I spend the extra $10k to get there 50% faster? Driving around as slow as a bobcat sucks