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good small skid steer to unload truck

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by westernboy16, Mar 1, 2006.

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  1. westernboy16

    westernboy16 Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    what is a good small and light skid steer to unload a international 4600-4700 or ford 650 low pro. i want the smallest one/ lightest
     
  2. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
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    What are you unloading?
     
  3. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
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    He's Back! LOL It was way too good to be true!
     
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
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    How about a "Tonka" :dizzy:
     
  5. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
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    Too funny!!

    I am just gonna prsport
     
  6. ICindrich

    ICindrich Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    I'll humor you western boy, it will be a hell of a lot cheaper to buy and install a dump piston, hydrolic pump and hinge than it would be to buy a skid steer. Plus, how would you even unload material out of the truck?

    Ivan
     
  7. westernboy16

    westernboy16 Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    i would be unloading pallets of rocks (retaning wall bricks) and sod rolls
     
  8. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
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    how much do those pallets wiegh? about 1800 to 2000 lbs? if so then there is your answer...got to the websites of skid manufactures and look at the loaders that have working loads of 2000 lbs and find the lightest one. I would think you are looking at bobcats 873 (s190s), new holland 180s, gehl 5640's, john deere 260's Depends on the vintage, there are alot out there but they are not cheap.
     
  9. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    I assume the 16 boy part is serious.

    But, to humor you. Skidsteers are not good for pallet work. Most of them don't self level. They are poorly balanced, especially for heavy overhead lifting, and they don't have a high lift capacity.

    I would buy a used fork lift for 1/2 the price and unload with that. However, if you are doing rock work, you might need the skid steer bucket aswell.

    That said. Why not just have the rocks delivered. Unless you are moving 10+ skids of rocks a day, everyday. It will take a long time to pay off equipment for it. Your supplier will be more than happy to deliver them and unload using a boom crane/offroad fork lift
     
  10. westernboy16

    westernboy16 Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    all i would do is load the truck and unload the pallets just to the ground and get another one im not hauling them around the yard maybe 20-30 feet at max actually not that 10-15 feet
     
  11. fordplowdude

    fordplowdude Member
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    You need at least a skid steer that have a ROC ( Rated Operating Capacity) of more that 2,000 Lbs. but even thats light for what your saying you want to use it for. Pallets of block weigh more than that. For these size skid steers your looking at a weight of between 6,000 to 8,000 Lbs.
     
  12. dirt digger

    dirt digger Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    assuming hes actually going to end up doing this...and just to humor myself, I think he would be better off with a verticle lift over a radial lift if pallet work will take up most of his time.
     
  13. westernboy16

    westernboy16 Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    so what bobcat would you guys recommend but i wont just be doing landscape i want to also do some yard waste removel like dirt, dead fall misc. things in the yard and other yard waste things like chips and gravel.
     
  14. westernboy16

    westernboy16 Senior Member
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    so what bobcat would you guys recommend but i wont just be doing landscape i want to also do some yard waste removel like dirt, dead fall misc. things in the yard and other yard waste things like chips and gravel. i want a skid steer that wont tear up the grass to much because i dont want to
    resod it all.
     
  15. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    then you need a skidsteer with all wheel steer. And even then with a heavy load you will probably tear up the sod.

    And unless you are going into business unloading pallets. Have someone take them off for you. It will be cheaper than buying or even renting a skid steer.
     
  16. westernboy16

    westernboy16 Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    i want to start landscape and yard waste removel so i need a skid steer to load and unload bricks and sod rolls and chips and dirt but it also needs to load dirt and yard waste in to a truck. it will be used on grass and dirt but 50/50 on both
     
  17. ICindrich

    ICindrich Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    Get a pallet jack and a tommy gate for the truck, save your money up and get the skid steer. Forks suck on a tractor or skid steer because, as some one mentioned, they don't self level. If you are a little bit out of wack, you will be busting pallets all day.

    Ivan
     
  18. Bodgit2

    Bodgit2 Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    Most pallets of stone, pavers or retaining wall blocks sold in this area are about 3000-4000 lbs. Dangerous on a lift gate! :nono: You would need a huge skidsteer for that task.
    Have them delivered with a boom truck, it's cheaper. A forklift is superior for that weight but most are poor on turf. The Skidsteer is very hard on the sod.
     
  19. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
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    you could also look into a used small wheel loader like the kubota's or yanmar's. they have higher capacities because they are longer and will tare up lawns less, but will sill tare them up with a load. or even the small backhoes like the l48 by kubota or jd 110.
     
  20. westernboy16

    westernboy16 Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    my uncle was in the lanscape buisness for 2 seasons and he rented a bobcat s-250 to do all his work which i thought he had it just fine for unloading them
     
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