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Is a 2 speed worth It?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by TKLAWN, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. TKLAWN

    TKLAWN PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,578

    We have a 773 bobcat And would like to upgrade to a new 2speed, Wondering if it is worth it and can justify the $$$$$$. We use it mostly for commercial lots and town homes. Any comments would be much appreciated.
     
  2. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    150% worth it.

    Depending on the size of your blade and plowing style, you might not be plowing with 2 speed. But I can't imagine having a skid steer without 2 speed. It makes everything quicker.

    With the bobcat I plow both ways. Do a pass, 180 do another pass. I plow light snow in high speed and it's the fastest machine to plow with.
     
  3. Duncan90si

    Duncan90si Senior Member
    Messages: 602

    I run a Gehl 4640 and the thing is so slow I want to rip my hair out. Definately go with a 2 speed.
     
  4. HinikerPrototyp

    HinikerPrototyp Member
    Messages: 88

    oh yeah baby get that two speed you will love it to death !
     
  5. TL697

    TL697 Senior Member
    Messages: 189

    Two speed is a great option. If it's available, get it.

    Just a note:

    Only use the high range for travel... load and carry operations...

    Just make sure you don't overload the hydro system...
     
  6. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    You would be stupid to get a single speed skid-steer and attempt plow with it. We run in second gear pedal to the floor ALL the time.. The only way to drive
     
  7. sk187

    sk187 Senior Member
    Messages: 328

    Same thing here.
     
  8. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    i wouldn't own one with out two speeds.......you'll save lots of time and save lots of hours on your machine.
     
  9. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    We have two skids that don't have two speeds. All they do is pull out loading docks all night. I would have got 2 speed machines but I couldn't justify the $'s. This is the fourth winter for the one and it only has a little over 200 hrs on it. I really should find some work for it in the summer. Plowing lots I could see a 2 speed paying for itself in no time.