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Is two speed essential

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by Daveyo, May 1, 2012.

  1. Daveyo

    Daveyo Member
    from 6
    Messages: 33

    I'm looking to buy a Gehl skidsteer for the business, I will definitely need it for plowing our developments and commercial properties. Is it essential I get a two speed, the unit I'm looking at is a one speed up to 8mph, two speed takes me to 12mph. Salesman say no, I say to myself two spped is better, but I have no experience plowing with the two speed, any thoughts thanks.

  2. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    My machine is a 2 speed and even in 2nd it feels like you are just crawling. I couldn't see plowing with a single speed machine.
  3. Daveyo

    Daveyo Member
    from 6
    Messages: 33

    Thanks, I kinda figured I think I'll go with a different Gehl machine with the two speed.

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,556

    Helps on resale also.
  5. Daveyo

    Daveyo Member
    from 6
    Messages: 33

    Didn't even think about that, good point. I'm figuring 82 horse power, theres also a 62. The way I look at it you can never have enough horsepower.
  6. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    My bobcats are both single speeds they work fine, however if I were to buy another I would prefer a 2 speed with high flow as well, but it all depends on the deal, if I came across the "right" deal I wouldn't hesitate to buy another single speed with just standard hydro. If your buying now there are plenty of deals around just look around & take your time.
  7. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,224

    I have a Gehl 4640 turbo single speed , i think unless your plowing bigger areas or small roads a single would be fine in my opinion but if you have a bigger space then a 2 speed would be better as far as hydro i think mine has std flow up 19 alot more than some of the other std size machines in that class. what model are you looking at?
  8. SNO-PRO

    SNO-PRO Member
    Messages: 66

    Once you own a 2 speed you will never go back, I would never buy without
  9. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    IMO You can easily have too much horsepower what you cannot have enough of is Torque Thumbs Up
  10. bluerage94

    bluerage94 Senior Member
    Messages: 398

    Ever hit a manhole cover or curb at 12mph? two speed is nice but single is fine for plowing if you need the speed then might as well go to a compact loader...
  11. Daveyo

    Daveyo Member
    from 6
    Messages: 33

    Either the 5640 or the V 330, which would come in a 2 speed standard anyway. It's the 5640 that is in stock used low hours thats one speed. I wouldn't need high flow, I'm not using for stump grinding or any high speed attachments, figure std flow is fine.
  12. Daveyo

    Daveyo Member
    from 6
    Messages: 33

    Where would I look to find a good deal? I see a lot of used stuff out there with lots of hours, maybe I'm looking in the wrong places. I definitely don't want to just jump on something but man I need a skid steer.
  13. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    I think they call it trip edge. I don't think I would ever want to plow with just a bucket.
  14. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,190

    Every once in a while when plowing in high speed, I feel like I'm still crawling along, so I flip the trigger to ensure I'm in high gear. When I plow for ten seconds in low speed, I wonder why anyone would even consider it as an option. IMO, 12 MPH is too slow, why would you want to go 7 MPH?

    BTW, I think the salesman may be full of BS, as I highly doubt the single speed machine even does 8 MPH..........

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,556

    My s300 was single speed. There was a day last week I drove it home from a yard and a lady was jogging beside me and started pulling away from me. I wasn't complaining about the view just the speed. ;)
  16. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    For snow work, every skid I've ever ran will run out of traction LONG before hp or torque. In fact, regardless of what kind of work I'm doing, it seems skids will run out of weight or traction before hp/torque.

    I agree. Any machine I purchase in the future (tracks or tires) will be 2spd.

    And Joe, i looked it up for ya....a gehl 5640 is rated for 8.1 mph in single speed. :salute:
  17. Red Wagon

    Red Wagon Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I have both a 2 speed and single speed and wouldn't buy another single speed if i were going to be using it to plow
  18. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,224

    with the Gehls that is one thing i have noticed a little faster in single speed and higher std flow hydraulics, the 5640 should be right around the 2K lb lift capacity

    SNOWLORD Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 610

    I would never buy a skid unless it is white and never never without 2 speed. But thats just me.
  20. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    Buy a 2 speed you wont regret it! Worth the extra $ for sure!