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Payloader Purchase

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by Moss Man, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. Moss Man

    Moss Man Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 535

    I'm starting to research payloaders and would appreciate any info from those with experience on different machines. I need a decent loader for multiple uses, in the summer months I'd be working it in my gravel pit making stockpiles to sell when needed, I'd be using it to load firewood into the dump trailer and dump truck, I'll be storing some winter sand and would use it for that and I might have opportunities in the winter subbing it out for snow removal. The only loaders I have had the chance to use are the John Deere 544 and 644 and they seemed to be adequate machines. My criteria is that I would like a decent sized rig with the nuts to get the job done, but not too large a machine for ease of use. I don't want to break the bank, but would like to at least get a new enough machine to have the single joystick controller for the bucket. Maintenance is of a concern, but I do have a friend that treats me decent on diesel work. My thought is that around a 3 yard bucket would be good. I lean towards John Deere because the contractor that works in my pit has 2 644's and parts are readily available locally. My other friend has a Komatsu 150 and I highly respect his opinion when it comes to heavy equipment. My hope is to pick one up this winter at an equipment auction, so I figure now is the time to get a better grip on what I want and actually need. Obviously price is a factor and hopefully by going to auctions I can get a newer machine for an affordable price. I'm not going to be doing this full time, it's part of a deversification plan to not have all my eggs in one basket, so I don't plan to spend 50 grand on one.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2011

    SNOWLORD Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 610

    Cat 950G's are nice for what you are describing. JD 644's are good as well. stay away from anything foreign. Case loaders are ok but if in a quarry they wont last. Komatsu is a good loader as well. Volvo makes a good loader also.
  3. Moss Man

    Moss Man Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 535

    The John Deere 544G looks like a good choice if one could be found for the right price in decent condition. I looked at a 644D yesterday and I think I prefer something one size smaller.
  4. toyotaplow

    toyotaplow Member
    Messages: 84

    I would recommend a John Deere 624E to for what you want to do with it. Very reliable machine, 3 /12 yard bucket. Old enough to find for a good price, but new enough that parts are easy to find. I run one at work that has fed our rock crusher everyday for the past 10 years, over 24000 hours on the original motor.