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Tractor or skid steer

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by exclusive, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. exclusive

    exclusive Member
    Messages: 91

    Hi guys I need some input what do you think is better for snow a skid steer or a tractor loader (kubota/kioti)
     
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,973

    Skid.....But depends upon your accounts and travel distance
     
  3. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,867

    Some more background on the types of accounts would help you to get more answers.
     
  4. exclusive

    exclusive Member
    Messages: 91

    I'm sorry I should of I do condo complexes I would be using it for moving snow piles and maybe one day put a push box on it
     
  5. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,867

    Skid with a Kage, starting day one!
     
  6. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    SKID!! Once you plow with a properly set up skid you will be in love.. In a tight appartment complex a large skid can replace 3 trucks. Get a large frame machine (bobcat s250-s300 or s650-s750) and a 10 foot cage/snowwolfe system or a mid frame machine (s205 or s590) with a 8 foot system.. I am a bobcat guy, can help it lol
    make sure to get a 2 speed with a heater and good tires. Dont need snow tires to start but make sure you have good tread.
     
  7. rdl

    rdl Member
    from Quebec
    Messages: 61

    Here is a slightly biased opinion. A skid steer with a 6-1o extendable snow plow. This way you get into tight places and when the snowfall changes from light to heavy you can change the size of the plow. Or go with the reversible model to add the back dragging option.

    http://www.cotech.ca/produits/gratte-extensible-couteau-fixe/ext6-10
     
  8. Ne1

    Ne1 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Definitely SKID
     
  9. rdl

    rdl Member
    from Quebec
    Messages: 61

  10. Ne1

    Ne1 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Bet that's not cheap
     
  11. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I have both I started out with a Tractor yes I have a farm plus we was doing big I mean big seeding jobs So the tractor was thing to have for winter and summer

    But if I was just getting in to snow for the first time It would be a Skid, After running one last year in a complex its the thing to have
    I have 3 condo's complex's and I always used a tractor and last year first time I used the skid Now I know A skid is a must thing to have
    First time used at my biggest complex the owner wanted to know if the skid was going be the rig there on every snow
    I was going add a 2nd skid this year but I bought another truck instead
     
  12. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    Why not a tractor/blower?
     
  13. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    He said he wants to use it to move snow piles.. a skid moves piles so much faster than a far tractor.
     
  14. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    Oh, i thought guys were replying with comments and thoughts on how skids worked with a Kage and so on for plowing.
    Side note.... tractor with blower = no piles.:)
     
  15. rdl

    rdl Member
    from Quebec
    Messages: 61

    In response to the comment about the price of the hydraulic 6-10 pusher, it's about $6k plus freight. For a 1400 pound plow I thinks that's pretty fair.