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mini loaders for snow removal

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by fisherthebest, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. fisherthebest

    fisherthebest Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    does anyone use mini loaders
     
  2. Knockah22

    Knockah22 Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    Yes lots of people use mini end loaders. Search old posts and you will find plenty of info on how well they work.
     
  3. lawnkale

    lawnkale Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 156

    i started using JD 244 j 4 years ago and have 4 of them now. plow great in tight areas and have enough guts to make long runs. best of both world. have any questions??
     
  4. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,262

    I had the Volvo L35. Like lawnkale's 244 j, they are great machines for there size. No complaints here.
     
  5. DellDoug

    DellDoug Senior Member
    Messages: 425

    How do you feel they compare to a small machine like a 570 Case (580 without the hoe option)? The cost is about the same...Curious as we have never tried the compact loader segment. Always was curious if the have the grunt of the backhoe style machine. The 570 is 12000lbs with loaded tires and about 80 hp. We use a hyd containment plow from Horst on them with good results but the benefit of articulation in a loader has always been attractive. What do you guys thnk?
     
  6. Patrick34

    Patrick34 Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    This past January we picked up a new caterpillar 906. Great machine, love it. We use a 10 foot pusher, works great. Very good speed. We have the optional high speed gear for traveling between jobs which is nice.
     
  7. Grisi24

    Grisi24 Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    I ran a Takeuchi TW65 last winter from another business owner from my snow removal and loved it! I was very very impressed. Had a lot of power for the size of the machine!
     
  8. lawnkale

    lawnkale Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 156

    i sold my 570 this past winter to replace it with my 4th 244j The turning on the 244 is unmatched.
     
  9. DellDoug

    DellDoug Senior Member
    Messages: 425

    So which machine do you feel has the most pushing power? Thinking about 250+ ft pushes in 3 inches of snow accumulation. Wet an heavy of course....my concern is will the mini loader push as much? or more then the 570 case? Thanks.

    Cheers Doug
     
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2009
  10. Peterbilt

    Peterbilt Senior Member
    from IA.
    Messages: 745

  11. newlooklandscp

    newlooklandscp Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 476

  12. Peterbilt

    Peterbilt Senior Member
    from IA.
    Messages: 745

    Hey ken.

    I love the Arctic. I now have 4 of them. 3-10's and a new 12'.

    But my homemade expanding box will clean just as good.

    J.
     
  13. newlooklandscp

    newlooklandscp Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 476

    Did you decide to start selling you design yet? Shoot me some pictures, Id like to see it.
     
  14. DellDoug

    DellDoug Senior Member
    Messages: 425