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743 with a 8' pusher???

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by Drottlawn, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. Drottlawn

    Drottlawn Senior Member
    Messages: 364

    I have never used a skid to move snow and was wondering if my buddies 743 would push a 8' box? Any help would be appreciated. If not, what model would be minimum for either bobcat or new holland? I am looking to buy one this year.
  2. Drottlawn

    Drottlawn Senior Member
    Messages: 364

    Can anyone help me?
  3. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,190

    I know I've seen a 743 before, but how big is it? Maybe a 40 HP, 1500# rated machine, about 5000#'s ? If so, it should do fine with an 8' box MOST of the time. Heavy snows you may need to take smaller "bites". I think it's important to have the best tires on that you can afford for the winter also.
  4. ChevKid03

    ChevKid03 Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    I don't see why not..... that machine weighs close to 4800 lbs.... get some good rubber on it and give it a go.
  5. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    really depends, we need some more specs on the 743, they used to make a really old 743 4banger gas engine, that machine well have some trouble with a 8 ft, lets here some specs, then we can help better
  6. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    Not 100% on this, but I dont think the 743 was ever gas..?.(but i do know some models came gas back in the day)......IIRC, my father in laws 743 was the last yr they made em (91 ?) under 40 hp, under 5000lbs, & ROC is around 1300lbs.......I have hired him as a sub to plow for me on several occasions, and I have also ran his machine....It struggled with a 8 ft plow that I used to have....even with dedicated snow tires, an 8ft pusher may be a little much for that machine?
  7. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    I will speak for bobcats because I'm more familiar with them.....but I would recommend a S185 (for an 8ft pusher).... for the $, one of the best SS's ever made, JMO. BTW, yes I have had a couple of these, and yes I have ran a 8ft pusher in front of one. They didn't offer 2 speed in 185's when I bought the ones I had, but now they do:nod:
  8. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    it was a couple of years ago, but i believe i looked at buying a 1983-84 743, that had a 4 cylinder gas engine (a 2.3 if i remember correctly), i ended up not buying it for the torque reason, was told it would stall out on a regular basis. however the cool part of a gas engine is it well start in the cold
  9. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    if you are looking for a good/cheap machine find yourself a case 1845 C (possibly the best skidsteer ever made)
  10. Bruce'sEx

    Bruce'sEx Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    743 rarely was gas very rare, now the 742 was, same machine gas engine, alot of time converted to propane.

    we still have a gas 742 in our yard for moving things around.
  11. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    i stand corrected, it is possible i was looking at a 742 then, let it not be said i can't admit when i may be wrong :D
  12. Ne1

    Ne1 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    I peronsally think that machine is a little small. I would say 773/s185 same machine would be the route to go. We use S250's with a 8' and 10' box. JMO
  13. Drottlawn

    Drottlawn Senior Member
    Messages: 364

    I think the one he has and the one I am looking at have kubota diesels in them. I know they are small, but was hoping they would work. Thanks for the info guys. Needless to say, it sounds like I should save up my money and get a bigger one. I personally like the new hollands better in the summer, but no nothing about the machine in snowy conditions.
  14. Mustang

    Mustang Member
    from NY
    Messages: 63

    I just picked up a 6' pusher for my 743. I called bobcat and that is the size that is recommended for that machine. I
  15. DGODGR

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 641

    We are all wrong. So VERY, VERY wrong!
  16. AGMI

    AGMI Member
    from NE Mass
    Messages: 36

    I run 130's with buckets and 8' pushers. 130's I think are the new numbers for the 743's. We have no problem until the heavy stuff comes. You should be fine
  17. fairrpe86

    fairrpe86 Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    Im not sure how much smaller a 743 is than a 763, but on our 763 we run an 8' Protech pusher with no problems. If its a huge storm that we cant stay on top of, it sometimes gets switched over to a material bucket just to clear paths, then the pusher gets put back on and takes smaller bites.
  18. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    Technical specs from Bobcat's site. Just do a 'Find' for the model you are looking for:

    I studied these things alot since buying a 753. Here is an excerpt from an article I read at www.skidsteerforum.com:

    Working on the old style machines:

    You have the series, be it 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 etc like 743 is a 7 series machine, 843 is an 8 series machine which is larger and more powerful than the 743.

    Then you go the vintage which is the second number. you had a 731 which is older than the 741 then 751, 763. Does that make sense?

    Then to get really complicated.... You have the first 2 numbers so thats series and vintage . Then the third number used to be 1 was air cooled, 2 was water cooled petrol, 3 was water cooled diesel. Like the 741 used an air cooled deutz the 742 used a water cooled mitsubishi or ford petrol, 743 used a liquid cooled kubota diesel. This was correct up to the 751 which used a luquid cooled pug diesel!

    Just work on the first 2 numbers, series and vintage is your best option. But then you get the G series that a 753 can be newer than a 763 and then the S series!!!! i have no way to work those one out i'm afraid.

    I hope at least a little of that made sense, not sure it made total sense to me either
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2009