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Looking to buy compact wheel loader

Discussion in 'Used Plowing and Truck Equipment Forum' started by hardwoodcd, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. hardwoodcd

    hardwoodcd Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    Looking for CAT 906, 908 or DEERE 244, 304. Let me know what you have.
     
  2. Patrick34

    Patrick34 Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    906

    I have a cat 906 for sale if interested.
     
  3. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,715

    Annes has one on West Ave, you've probably saw it already. Im sure he wants some serious $$$ for it though
     
  4. hardwoodcd

    hardwoodcd Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    I have talked to him already on that machine. It's real nice and a bit more than I'd like to pay. But I may end up with that one if I don't find something else.
     
  5. PALS Landscapin

    PALS Landscapin Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    I had a Cat 906 and now have a 244J. I like the Deere alot better.
     
  6. hardwoodcd

    hardwoodcd Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    This seems to be the consensus that I have found out with the reading I've done on here. But sometimes availability and budget make the decision! All my skiddys are cats so there's that too.
     
  7. vtscaper

    vtscaper Junior Member
    from VT
    Messages: 9

    I am going back and forth on 908 or 324. Any reviews would be great.
     
  8. usmcdroach

    usmcdroach Member
    Messages: 60

    Did you find a loader? Family member of mine has a 2010 cat 908
     
  9. hardwoodcd

    hardwoodcd Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    I bought someone else's headache! And now it's my headache! My mechanic is working through it slow but sure. I bought a 2007 244j. Engine is making power but it's not getting to the wheels. Only goes about 10mph in 2nd with no load. Slow down to about 5-6mph just going up the slightest incline. Drops to about 4mph pushing a box. My mechanic is troubleshooting things.
     
  10. usmcdroach

    usmcdroach Member
    Messages: 60

    Good luck. But doesnt sound good
     
  11. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,902

    How many hours are on it? These little bastards get expensive fast when stuff breaks.
     
  12. 512high

    512high Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    * sorryfor your issues, i bought a 2011 244j, last year with 1,900 hrs, no issues, sounds stupid, any maintenance records? Hydro fluid and filter should be changed every 2,000 hours, 2 nd gear, yes ,should be about 19mph(we can get rolling to 20-22mph flat, uphill, dogs down. With that said hopes its something simple, any codes on monitor? I have a friend that has a few issues with his 2010 cat 906h, with 900 hrs, trying to say, crap happens, keep us posted
     
  13. hardwoodcd

    hardwoodcd Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    I was backed into a corner when i bought this. Work committed to and no machine. So this was sight unseen and speed to me. Biggest financial mistake ever! It's got a bunch of hours, 8000. Like i said, my guy is on it. John deere is unbelievable at removing anything that might help someone out from the Internet. So we ended up ordering a manual, $400! I passed on one that was even in my own town with 1700 hours on it but my guy told me to pass and i trust him completely with my equipment.
     
  14. ShaneysLawnCare

    ShaneysLawnCare Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    I have a 324J 200 hours on it now, this is our first attempt with small loaders, We love it, if its colder the Hydro fluid does not like it and will only go about 14-15 vs 19 we have a BX-12 with custom quick-attach plate on it and the thing is amazing!! And the bonus is it is less then half of our 544's and 1/3rd the cost of 644's
    About the actual machine, the turning radius is amazing!
    power is good we had an issue when we first got it the fuel filters were junk (loader sat on the lot 1 year before be purchased it)
    plenty of power for the 12' until you get about 6" of snow or more on the 1500ft runs its a little tough for it not really power wise but weight wise
    Any questions and if you are near Wisconsin and want to take a look at it come up to Green Bay/Appleton area and Ill let you hop in

    Edit* Also I didnt see original post date sorry
     
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2015
  15. JSC Inc

    JSC Inc Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    If you find out what the power loss issue is on the Deere please let me know. I have a Volvo L25B and it has the same exact problem. It runs great with no load on flat ground or down hill, but under a load or up hill it's a dog. The engine doesn't seem to be the issue either
     
  16. ShaneysLawnCare

    ShaneysLawnCare Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    Something we are trying for the rest of the winter which isnt cheap is we are running a lite weight Hydralic oil so the cold temperatures cannot effect the flow rates in the pumps. The only problem with this is we have to switch it ever spring and fall due to it not being good above 70 degrees it works up to 104 but my deere guy said its not worth the risk just switch it out.
     
  17. JSC Inc

    JSC Inc Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    Does the thin oil make a big difference in power to the wheels?
     
  18. viper881

    viper881 Senior Member
    Messages: 459

    Had the same problem but with a JD 310 backhoe. Ended up being the parking brake wasnt releasing all the way. Could be the problem, but a totally different machine of course. Is the park a manual lever, or does it have to build up pressure to release?
     
  19. JSC Inc

    JSC Inc Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    It's a starting place to look. I imagine the brake is a manual lever/cable style. The actual brake is a single disc on the drive shaft
     
  20. viper881

    viper881 Senior Member
    Messages: 459

    That's what my case is also. Tap it with a hammer and it can loosen it up usually. If that doesn't work probably not the problem.