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Best wheeler loader for the price?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by minnesnoooowta, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. minnesnoooowta

    minnesnoooowta Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Just curious what others have to say about which type of wheel loaders are the best for clearing large lots and creating huge stacks

    :gunsfiring: the snow!
  2. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Well,being a Deere man[my X mommy in law might disagree---TFB],what do you think?Your question seriously lacks specifics.Care to elaborate?
  3. minnesnoooowta

    minnesnoooowta Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    deeres are nice machines ive had a few of their skids over the years all worked out good. up here in duluth the late effect gives up tons of snow pretty much guaranteed every year but the issue i have with my current equipment is clearing large lots, i have taken on a lot of townhome type accounts and it works out good with our set up of skids and trucks but im not sure that they can compete with a loader in terms of staking large amounts of snow and clearing the lot in a reasonable time.

    In short id like to expand and purchase a wheel loader that would be for clearing large parking lots, but since we get so much snow up here the loader has got to be a newer machine that wont be breaking down a lot and id like to get it for a decent price any suggestions on where to find the best deal for a machine like this? would renting be a feasible option? i know loaders go for quite a bit of cash (ive got a bit saved up) but want to make sure its being invested wisely.
  4. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,808

    Whats wrong with your cat 928G thats a pretty big machine or is that just a dream machine?
  5. minnesnoooowta

    minnesnoooowta Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Ha she runs ight but currently thinking of either getting another loader similar or trying to clear lots with the skids and spend my "investment" dough on skids and bring in the cat when its needed. Seems like most of the guys doing the big lots have a combo of skids and loaders but right now 4 of my skids are tied up "onsite" so im in a pinch as to what direction to take the biz.

    check out this video of our first big storm this year and you'll see why we need the big machines up here!

  6. StuveCorp

    StuveCorp Senior Member
    Messages: 341

    Are you running a pusher or plow on the 928?

    I had good luck with Case but like Volvo and Komatsu also.
  7. minnesnoooowta

    minnesnoooowta Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    I just got the loader this past summer and it came with a decent sized bucket we use mainly just around the yard and a snowtech pusher. Itd be perfect for a 14ft kage system but the price and the fact that id like to get the kage for a few of my skids beforehand which cost only 6k has got me waiting.
  8. ServiceOnSite

    ServiceOnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 950

    The easy answer is a low hour machine with a big bucket. Every brand has its ups and downs. Also think about transportation costs. To big and you need special permits. I have a couple loaders about the size of your cat and my next move is going to be a 950 cat. See quite a bit of them running around.
  9. Dakotakid

    Dakotakid Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    We run a Cat IT28 thought it was just fine until it was down for repairs and borrowed a Volvo L70e, better traction, quieter , more traction, and the icing on the cake is that it shifts faster getting up to speed much quicker...
    not sure on price difference..
  10. framer1901

    framer1901 Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    I'm not sure what the ground speed of the Volvo's is but one of them yahoos ran me down almost like I was sitting still, not exactly but enough to know there is a speed difference between a new Komatsu and a new Volvo and it ain't in my favor.
  11. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 554

    Who's volvo was it, I am seeing quite a few on the north side of Holland this year.....or maybe, it's so fast that it's the same one! :D
  12. Dakotakid

    Dakotakid Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    L70E 28mph
  13. viper881

    viper881 Senior Member
    Messages: 477

    Countryside has quite a few volvos
  14. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    I have ran CAT, John Deere, Case, Komatsu, Terex, and Volvo. I like the CAT the best. You can't go wrong with CAT IMO. I would like to try a newer Volvo because the Volvo I ran was pretty old so, it's not a real fair comparison.
  15. Landcare - Mont

    Landcare - Mont Senior Member
    Messages: 351

    Generally speaking, loaders seem to be pretty comparable performance-wise in the same size/capacity range. We've found that Cats are usually more expensive - a good thing (if you're selling), a bad thing (if you're buying). If you're planning on keeping the machine forever (as we seem to do), the resale value doesn't matter.

    We've had good luck with a couple of 1988 John Deere 644E's that we picked up here in Quebec for about 35-40,000 dollars a few years ago. They both have about 12,000 hours on them and have more than enough capacity for what we want them to do (they only work on snow) and we keep the "utility" bucket on them and hook on bucket extensions. There's a picture of one of them in our album.

    The older loaders are easier to maintain and repair, mostly because there's a minimum of electronics to mess with.

  16. alpine779

    alpine779 Member
    Messages: 70

    x2 on that

    We looked at upgrading our 544e to newer but the money to upgrade and losing the simplicity of being mostly a mechanical machine to us was reason to keep her. Its been a great machine and most fixes have been completed inhouse. Honestly I think we'd prob look to buy another well maintained e or g series machine. Don't have as money comforts as the newer machines but at the end of the season put more money in our pockets.