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Skid Steer or Pay Loader--- age long question

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Sticks, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. Sticks

    Sticks Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 159

    OK, here is the short and nasty.....

    I have been out of the business for about 5 years, I am getting back into it. I live in a small town and I plan on having about 15 lots to do, ranging from a big box store to a pizza joint.
    I have no idea what to do as far as equipment, i do not want to use a truck ( just for salting). I was thinking the following

    1) skid steer cab, heat, two speed , ten foot box
    or
    2) this loader with a 12 foot box.

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  2. Doin_It

    Doin_It Senior Member
    from Mt.
    Messages: 133

    Why would you stop at 12'?
     
  3. Sticks

    Sticks Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 159

    I worry about on the road driving with anything wider.
     
  4. lawnprolawns

    lawnprolawns Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    maybe others will chime in, but it seems like a bad idea to totally shy away from using a truck.. why not?

    Even with some big lots I'm bidding that will need a pusher, I'm still putting some hours in the bids for truck work. I've also done sub work where the truck had to get a lot of stuff that the loader couldn't and push it out to where the loader could scoop it up. I guess it all depends on the situation.
     
  5. Sticks

    Sticks Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 159

    All the lots are more then accessable with a loader or a skid steer. Keeping the snow box at a 12' or 14' will allow me to get into the area.
     
  6. hardscaper

    hardscaper Member
    from usa
    Messages: 44

  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

    Hey there, look who's back! Long time no see!

    How's those pics of the 75 Horsts with loaders coming along?

    We are all still waiting with baited\bated breath? (I think it might be the former, as you were baiting us into believing you)
     
  8. Brad3403

    Brad3403 Senior Member
    from Alberta
    Messages: 392

    Are you planning on doing all 15 lots with just one piece of equipment? I'd say you need 2 at least and probably a 3rd for backup.
     
  9. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,699

    Use the loader w/12'.....better yet why not both? Sounds as though you will need both. Might be able to use a 14' box with that loader.

    Are you legal driving that down the road with a 12' box? You wouldn't be "legal" here........but during the course of a snow storm we have been know to move around with 16' pushers around town. Only a jerk of a cop would stop you, or if he had it out for you. Have an escort at least when you do.

    You will need a truck for the clean up work and detailing.....hard to get around that if you want to do a good job. Plan on it wind-rowing to assist the loader(s) too.


    Not sure it's possible to redeem himself after that boasting. Would like to see him try though. :D

    Nice choice on the avatar.....art deco is always cool!
     
  10. Sticks

    Sticks Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 159

    bought the loader, going to put a 14 foot box on it. I think im going to make it a direct pin in to the arms.... i dont want to have to use the bucket. save the weight.
     
  11. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    You may want the bucket for the reach.