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Used Kubota: worth it?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by lumberjack4567, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. lumberjack4567

    lumberjack4567 Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    okay guys, currently we have a 2008 bobcat s-130 with an 8ft snow wolf and wolf paws on it. It's got about 1550 hours on it. We use it to plow a strip mall with maybe 150 spots all in one long row along the front. Basically we have to push all of the snow to either end of the lot from the middle. There is also a whole parking area around back where the snow can just be plowed to the edge. This is our only account (we have a paint store in the strip mall and plow to bring in some extra cash". Usually it takes about 3 hours from start to finish with 3in of snow.

    On the side of the road a few miles away I saw a 2001 Kubota m6800 for sale for 16k. It has 71hp, 4wd, a loader with quick tach and aux hydraulics, r4 industrial tires, cab with heat/ac. The catch is that it has 3200hrs, both sides of the cab need new glass and possibly new hinges, and it needs a new clutch. It's owned by a farmer and its pretty dirty in the cab. I'm not terribly familiar with ag tractors so I'm not sure if these are bad signs or not, but I've heard so many good things about tractors on this site. Would it be worth it to trade up to this machine? There isn't enough money to buy a nicer tractor or so its pretty much this one or nothing. Thanks
  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,097

    You only plow 1 lot and already own a machine that can do it, and will for years to come. Seems like a no brainer to me
  3. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,658

    Save your money. That bobcat will last a long time.
  4. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,171

    Save the money. If you want to spend money put a cab and heat in your skid. Probably cost you around 2k for a bobcat cab and electric heater.
  5. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    Unless you have more work for a tractor than a skidsteer, I'm with everyone else.
  6. lumberjack4567

    lumberjack4567 Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    My thinking was that the tractor is a lot more machine and it would cut my plowing time by quite a bit. Then, we would be able to pick up more accounts in the area. There are quite a few smaller commercial lots in the area that could be acquired. I've looked into it and the repairs would be about 500 for can glass and another 2-300 for a clutch. It would cost about 2000 to trade and I'm pretty sure there's wiggle room on the guy's sale price.
  7. johnhenry1933

    johnhenry1933 Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    I think that's kinda top dollar for an '01 w/ 3200 hrs (it's not a Cat or a Deere).

    I was in the same boat (kind of) and just picked up a Terex 760 w/ 1200 hours (cab, heat, ac, extend, etc) for 21k. But I'll rarely be using it for snow.
  8. 4wydnr

    4wydnr Senior Member
    from N. IL
    Messages: 151

    Are you sure on the price for the clutch? The parts might be that much if you can replace it on your own. But my initial thought was 10x that price for a dealer or mechanic to do the work.

    Also here is a link for a similar machine from a local dealer for comparison.
  9. lumberjack4567

    lumberjack4567 Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    I'm pretty sure that machine is almost the same. We would do all the work our selves. Is that machine for $6500 less a good buy?

    Also, I imagine this would push a 10ft pusher with not problem right? Our s-130 struggles with the 8ft plow but it is better with the wolf paws.

    Clutch: http://www.farmlandtractor.com/Clutches_s/22325.htm
    Cab Glass x2: http://www.madisontractor.com/3a751-70770-glass-door-lh-tinted.html
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2013
  10. 4wydnr

    4wydnr Senior Member
    from N. IL
    Messages: 151

    As far as the price of the machine goes, it seems like a good deal as long as you know all the issues it has with it. And what it will cost for you to repair them.

    We priced a larger Deere from Mid-state equipment last year and they were at the higher end of pricing and very very low on the trade in price. So keep that in mind, it's probably more like a $4500 difference in the actual value of the two tractors. So can you buy the parts, do the work and still be cheaper than the dealer unit? I would think so.
  11. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,032

    What's your back up plan if the tractor breaks down. If your thinking about picking up more work I'd lean more towards a pickup with a blade and keeping the skid. Expanding and counting on 1 old tractor doesn't seem like a good idea to me.
  12. lumberjack4567

    lumberjack4567 Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    Thanks guys! I guess it is not worth it