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2 skid steers or 1 two speed skid?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by bullit340, Oct 4, 2008.

  1. bullit340

    bullit340 Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 87

    I am looking for some advice. I currently use a s185 bobcat with a 8' pusher and a 1 yard snow bucket to move snow around after the storm. I was thinking that a s250 with the 2 speed option and a 2 yard snow bucket would be way more productive moving snow around after the storm. The problem is the cost and I am not sure its worth it.

    I can purchase a larger skid that is not 2 speed, and another 8' pusher to run with my s185 for much less money than upgrading my s185 to a bigger 2 speed unit. I almost own my s185. If I just bought a larger skid I would have two bobcats on site, and could put a 2 yard bucket on the larger skid. It just would not have the 2 speed. Is the 2 speed really going to make that much difference? I would not be pushing the snow pusher in the high range but I figure it would be in the high range going around the parking lot and moving piles. Any advice would be greatly appreciated
  2. timm9

    timm9 Senior Member
    Messages: 168

    I don't run skids but I do have two (2) Toolcats, both are 2 speed. While everyones situation is different, I have never heard anyone complain that they wish they never bought the 2 Speed version. Even if you are leaving the skids "on site", nothing is forever and things do, and will change in the future. I actually sold a CAT because it was just too slow. The only large piece of equipment I still have is turbo charged and will really move.

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,554

    I would rather have 2 skids for redundancy vs 1
  4. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    Economics 101

    It's cheaper to run 1 big skid steer than 2 smaller ones.

    1 unit of labor vs. 2

    It costs less to buy one big unit than 2 smaller ones.

    Maintenance costs for one big unit are less than 2 smaller ones.

    Registration, taxes, permits, moving the things around, insurance, etc are more for 2 units than 1.

    Do the math, it's cheaper to run one big unit than 2 smaller ones.

    But, as someone noted, if you're down, you're down. And it may not fit your situation. (you need the smaller size to get in some lot, etc)

    It also lets you do things that other people can't (because they have small machines and you have a big one)
  5. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    IMO if you go drive a 2 speed you'll never look back, having a 2nd skid as back up is priceless. OUT OF 7 skids for this yr only the 3 oldest are single speed (slow), you can definitely plow in high speed.
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2008
  6. big pusher

    big pusher Senior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 129

    I personally will never own another skidloader that is not a 2-speed.
  7. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    obviously a 2 speed would be referred but it will not get twice as much done

    i would buy the second machine and use them both

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,362

    X2, You can never have too much equipment. 2 is better than 1, I don't know of anyone that charges more for a 2 speed.

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,554


    I agree with lonecowboy, on that fact that its cheaper, cause of manpower and other issues, but also factor in one thing

    if your hourly 2 machines is making you more.

    maybe one with a blade one with a bucket even?

    no one i know charges more for a 2 speed then single speed
    infact it is kinda strange but I usually find guys who have a 185 charge the same as I do with s300. I charge hourly for my big sites that want a skid steer, and I get mad at myself every time I want to upgrade my equipment cause i know its not going to make me much more. eg if I add a 8611 blade to my skidsteer am I going to get $10 more, probably have a hard time convincing however I believe it would shave hours off my time vs a bucket and then I think, am I putting myself out of work, eg: save 2 hours, get an extra $20 and over all lost $80. or I would have to calculate my bills

    I love 1 price bidding (all the plowing all the salt, no worries for the customer, just 5 easy payments)

    it depends alot on what the majority of your work is.

    2 speed would really have helped me out in traveling from one location to another, but not so much onsite of my plowing because I am either on a small tight lot, or a large lot where I plow with a truck.
  10. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    i had a friend a few years ago, he had like 7 machines, and his guys kept on breaking the key way on the pumps, and motors, , he thought it was because they were operating in the high range, doing alot of forward reverse stuff... when they should have been in the low range...so he locked out the hihg range....no more problems.... just FYi

    i dont know anyone that pays more for a 2 speed machine, i think in most cases you could charge more with 2 machines Vs one...
  11. bullit340

    bullit340 Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 87

    Thanks for all the replys, I am still debating this as I hate spending money on the wrong thing. I now know for sure now that we will be using 2 skids this winter at this particular site. It is not hourly so the quicker I get things done the better.

    My current choices for the second skid are:
    s250 with the 2 speed for like 25k 500 hrs
    873 with single speed for 15k 1000 hrs

    I am kinda leaning towards the s250 cause I don't want to be wishing I had the 2 speed down the road and don t want to have to do this again anytime soon. But on the other hand, I am sure I would be happy with the 873 and with the extra cash I would save I could get another pusher if I wanted.

    So now my debate is 2 skids
    one single speed and one 2 speed or just get two single speeds. Is the 10k+ worth it?
  12. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    arnt the 73's getting up there in years
  13. pieperlc

    pieperlc Senior Member
    from 4-5
    Messages: 180

    The 10k is probably worth it. Remember you're getting a newer machine and also a newer generation machine. You will probably wish you would've gotten the 2 speed down the road. I know I do everyday. In a good winter the 2 speed might make up most or all of that 10k price difference.
  14. cornerstone

    cornerstone Member
    Messages: 32


    I would take fuel burn into consideration also. With the 2 speed you'll probably not wind the motor so hard and burn less fuel, but if you're a wide open type person you're going 12 MPH in high and covering ALOT of ground. A 2speed and 8 or 10 ft pusher and you will move some snow. I climbed in our JD 280 2-speed and accidently broke the 2speed button off. Haven't had a chance to grab a new one and it's like having an anchor tied to your butt in low moving pallets around the store. I'll have it fixed before bad weather rolls in no doubt.
  15. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341


    if i was gonna spen $15k i would buy a older T200 or a 864 track machine,

    that way you have not just another run of the mill machine,

    and besides that i hate the vertical lift rubber tired machine's, they as good in the dirt as a radius machine!.

  16. hickslawns

    hickslawns Senior Member
    Messages: 627

    Bullit340- Option C is buy the 2 speed. Then get a different set of tires and rims for the winter for the 185. I put some snow tires on my 773 last winter. Taller tire which barely fit, but it amazed me how much better it pushed. I thought it was the carbide chips in the tires at first then realized how much faster I was going. Didn't even think about that when I bought them, but what a huge bonus that was. I am looking at a 2 speed to add to the lineup right now as well. After demoing a couple, I know I will never buy a 1 speed again.
  17. lordstanley

    lordstanley Member
    Messages: 43

    Phil HIcks,

    Can you clarify/expound on your tires and how you got "more speed".

    Type, where you got them, etc. Does it just "feel" faster or is it really faster?
  18. Otts

    Otts Junior Member
    from WI
    Messages: 22

    You must have never ran a rubbered track machine in the snow. I hear the suck pretty bad.

    Go for the newer 2 speed. I just upgraded to a '05 2 speed S250 from a '95 853. Very nice.
  19. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    It depends on what tracks you run. Our T190 is a plowing machine
  20. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,220

    We use 2 Cat 277C with tracks and have no problems at all with traction.