Need help deciding Equipment Options?

neblawncare23

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Location
Nebraska
I do a ton of sidewalks ranging from 48" to 12ft wide, also some parking lots that are around 6 stalls each. What piece of equipment would u get to cover all applications. I currently use an ATV with 50" blade, but am looking for something with a cab.
Would a utility tractor like Deere 1025r, UTV and blower combination or stick with ATV be best option.
Looking to spend under 25K. What do you guys use?
 

CityGuy

PlowSite Fanatic
Location
Minnesota
I have noe experience with them but a bobcat toolcat. Multiple attachments for different situations. No idea on price so not sure it falls into your ranage or not.
 
I have noe experience with them but a bobcat toolcat. Multiple attachments for different situations. No idea on price so not sure it falls into your ranage or not.
Toolcats are high, Been looking for one. Junk that need reconditioning are 10K. I would not use a toolcat on sidewalks. They are bad @ss in small to medium parking areas. Out perform a truck with ease.
 

rob_cook2001

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Look into a small tractor with a cab. 20-35hp 4x4 with a hydrostatic transmission and a blade on the front.. Much faster than an ATV on deep snow and much more comfortable.
 

Ajlawn1

PlowSite Fanatic
Location
South Bend, IN
Only complaint on my toolcat is pedal to go like a centrifugal clutch even though it's hydraulic. Just hard to get up close without double footing the brake sometimes. But in wide open areas it actually runs circles around my 2spd machines with its speed. For tighter confined areas skiddy will outperform. Sounds like your quad works well just trying to get out of the elements? Everything else like ventrac etc... would slow you down a bit.
 
Only complaint on my toolcat is pedal to go like a centrifugal clutch even though it's hydraulic. Just hard to get up close without double footing the brake sometimes. But in wide open areas it actually runs circles around my 2spd machines with its speed. For tighter confined areas skiddy will outperform. Sounds like your quad works well just trying to get out of the elements? Everything else like ventrac etc... would slow you down a bit.
Toolcat is to productive for small tight areas, Not only will it out perform a 2sp skid it will also out perform a truck. Much safer visibility is much better.
 

Philbilly2

PlowSite Fanatic
Location
Sandwich IL
Have you looked into a Jeep Wrangler?

We used to use them for the school district's side walks... street legal, don't need a trailer to move, you can get from site to site fast, cab is very roomy... just my two cents as you can buy a 90's wrangler for less than 5 grand now a days.
 

ScubaSteve728

Senior Member
Location
Rhode Island
I have run our ventrac on sidewalks with the sweeper and v plow and I was not too impressed, heat sucked, leaky small cab. But maybe that was just our aging machine. I would go with a tool cat or small tractor depending on your height restrictions, width restrictions as well as maneuverability and salting needs.
 
I have run our ventrac on sidewalks with the sweeper and v plow and I was not too impressed, heat sucked, leaky small cab. But maybe that was just our aging machine. I would go with a tool cat or small tractor depending on your height restrictions, width restrictions as well as maneuverability and salting needs.
There is a big difference in money and performance from a toolcat to a small tractor. Your not comparing a apple to apple, My bomby and my trackless are pretty cozy inside but could never do the work of a toolcat. If I didn't see it with my own eyes I would of not believed that toolcat could out perform a truck.
 

John_DeereGreen

PlowSite Fanatic
Location
Wooster, OH
I'll never be without a Toolcat, but you're only kidding yourself trying to do 48 inch walks with one.

Ours pushes a Metalpless Plowmaxx in really small municipal lots in a downtown setting and there is nothing that will touch it production wise.
 

LapeerLandscape

PlowSite Fanatic
Location
lapeer, mi
Our toolcat is pretty impressive. Takes almost any attachment a skid takes but is restricted to 1500lbs lifting. It has 4wd, 4 wheel steer so it turns a tight circle, 17 mph and has a nice cab with great visibility.
 
Find yourself a Used John Deere 3 series tractor with a cab at least 35hp. Load the rear tires. Narrow turfs work good or R1. Put a HLA SB360054 or 60 V-plow on the front with the HLA 2000 series under mount. Metal Pless has same set up that would well work also. Depending on the tractor you can pull this off for $30k
 

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