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Bobcat S185

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by PrecisionS&I, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. PrecisionS&I

    PrecisionS&I Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 75

    Looking for input on a Bobcat S185 single speed skid steer. I found one for a good price with cab and heat, low hours and a trailer. Only downfall I can see is that its single speed. (I can live with for now.)
    My question will this machine handle a 9' Boss straight blade trip edge with wings?
  2. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    It will handle light snow, but anything moderate to heavy won't fly. If your using it for snow, get a 2-speed. Nobody wants single speed anymore. The 2-speed allows you to get momentum going and enough speed to throw the snow to the side or roll it forward. I have a 2-speed for sale, don't know what you want to spend.

    Even with 2-speed the 9'er with wings is to big IMO.
  3. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    2 speed will be important when you sell same unit down the line.
    Personally I wouldn't buy a single speed machine.
    Did you know a toolcat hits 19 mph.
    A 2 spd is fast compared to a one speed, and a toolcat is 50% faster than a 2 speed.
    Careful Grasshopper
  4. Herm Witte

    Herm Witte Senior Member
    Messages: 595

    We have used a S185 for years at a hospital complex. No issues. Used a 10' custom built box plow and a 10' Daniels wing plow on the machine. As stated not fast but very reliable and you should have no issues.
  5. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    I own a s185 its 2008 2spd with 400hrs & in my opinon I would not put anything over an 8' on it, especialy without a 2 speed. Yes in some snowfalls(light,fluffy & under 2") it would handle & move a 9' but if snow is wet & heavy or deep it will not preform as good as you'd like.
    I'd buy a snow attachment that it as versitle as I can get, meaning get a blade you will use most of the time, not just part of the time. Yes resale will not be great on a 1 speed but if it good price I'd say buy it & get an 8' blade.
  6. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    Get 2speed. I've owned a couple 185's(single speed), and they were great machines...but I always wished I had 2speed.

    We've been running dedicated snow tires (or tracks) on machines for a while now, and never had any problems putting a 10ft Bobcat pusher on a S185 or T190. With that said, get 2speed and dedicated snow tires and you will be fine with the 9ft plow with wings. On heavier snows, take smaller bites.