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Does anyone rent end loaders for the winter?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by steve b, Sep 14, 2002.

  1. steve b

    steve b Member
    Messages: 36

    Thinking of bidding on a big acct that needs an end loader. Does anyone do this. What are you paying per month.
  2. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    Call Nations Rent, Herts, ect they all have good rates for the winter. However the backhoes come even cheaper.

  3. diggerman

    diggerman Senior Member
    from Ames
    Messages: 700

    Fornt end loader have the bucket capacity but I really like tractorhoe drive systems for snow. F end Loaders unless specificly specd have a traction problem.
  4. timm9

    timm9 Senior Member
    Messages: 168

    We work with both trucks/plows and 4x4 Articulating Front End Loaders with Chains. The town above us (1,000 feet higher in elevation and double the snow) uses Loaders only and swear by them. My friend who has 6 Loaders says that the backhoes are too light in the rear end for snow removal. You also have to take into account that we are in the Mountains and few of the driveways are level.

  5. diggerman

    diggerman Senior Member
    from Ames
    Messages: 700

    The problem with wheel loaders unless they are equiped with limited slip, locking diffs or traction control is that they only spin opposing wheels.Rarely have I seen a rental unit that has any of the above mentioned.Yes tractorhoes are lighter but they are all ways spinning at least three wheels and with the stomp of your heal all four. So when it comes to rental units for snow often for the money a hoe will do compareable work to a loader.
  6. Mike Nelson

    Mike Nelson Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    Take a serious look at renting a backhoe,you can put up to a 14' pusher on them and they seem to be more readily available,also half the price.

    Good Luck
  7. dave-man

    dave-man Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Hertz has a dealer located and shows rental rates online. In my area, a Case 580L or John Deere 310E 4WD runs $1840 / month.
  8. 66Construction

    66Construction Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    That rate's garbage!! You want a winter rate for a long term rental. Try looking for a local dealer that rents loaders/hoes for the winter specificly for snow removal. They're likely to give you a lower allowance for the # of hours you can put on the machine before you have to pay extra. However where I am for about 350-450 less then hertz wants for that 580L I can get a 3 yard loader. (I only get an allowance of 50 or 75 hours a month, but over 6 months It'll only see maybe 250 hours of use) This is from a dealer I've bought equipment from, have an established credit account and a working relationship with.
  9. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    Those aren't winter rates. Last year I had 2 backhoes on rental from hertz, 1 with the normall hours, 1 with a lower amount. I can't remember the cost, but it was less then the standard summer rate.

  10. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Everyone puts higher rates on their website. Just like hotels do.
    Everyone is right, even here in NJ you can get them cheaper.
    They have Bobcat rates at the North Jersey Bobcat web site that are almost the same as backhoes.