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Skid steer with tracks or wheels for snow??

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by stackmaster, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. stackmaster

    stackmaster Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    Ive been plowing with truck mounted plows for years and have always subcontracted the skid steer work. This year it looks like I may end up with ALOT more skid steer work (Condos etc) I am thinking of buying a skid steer and the tracks look like they would be ideal for snow but have heard stories of difficult maintenance. Any help would be much appreciated.:confused:
     
  2. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    Have you hit "Search" above?? Been answered 100 times before.
     
  3. LUCKY 7

    LUCKY 7 Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    You don't know what frustration is until you try to clean lots with a tracked Bobcat. The worst machine you can imagine on a snowy parking lot. Take it from someone who knows- you will regret purchasing a track machine for snow removal. They are great if you just want to drive through 2 feet of snow but, they are junk if you want to clean up 2 inches of it. Stick with the wheels!
     
  4. metallihockey88

    metallihockey88 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    ive only driven ones with wheels and cant remember the last time ive seen one plowing with tracks but everything ive ever read or heard is that your basically better off doing the lot with a 2wd 1/2 ton truck :dizzy:
     
  5. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    Our Cat 277B Tracked machine with a 12' Daniels plow, and 10' pusher does an excellent job on a 240,000ft2 site we park it at every year.
     
  6. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    Huh, you're the first person I've heard from that doesn't like them.

    Haven't read or heard much hear then, because most that I've heard or read about have loved them.

    I know a guy about an hour south and west of me that has a handful of tracked Bobcats and loves them.
     
  7. metallihockey88

    metallihockey88 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    well got some time so decided to look into this a little bit like you could be doing :) but here is some of the stuff i came up with. the consencous is pretty much split but it seems that the bobcats, new hollands, deeres, takaguchis arent too good cause of their tracks but the ASV's and Cats have much better tracks and do a great job in the snow.

    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=65624&highlight=tracked+skid

    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=65273&highlight=tracked+skid

    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=70260&highlight=tracked+skid

    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=82757&highlight=tracked+skid
     
  8. U1200

    U1200 Member
    Messages: 33

    My takeuchi TL150 is miserable on hard surfaces. The steel on steel undercarriage vibrates the hell out of the cab and literally gives me a headache when I plow with it. The traction isn't that great either and the travel speed is slow. On dirt however I would not own anything else.
     
  9. stackmaster

    stackmaster Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    Thanks guys for the input. From searching the site and the posts here, I think I'm gonna go with a wheeled unit. I know it might seem "bass ackwards" but we are buying it to do snow and will use it for odd jobs in the summer. Thanks again for all your input. Now I just gotta figure out which unit to buy. Lookin at the Cat 252B....and which bucket
     
  10. Gr8WhiteNorth

    Gr8WhiteNorth Senior Member
    Messages: 212

    how are the track machines for back blading driveways?