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Skid Steer Makes Big Difference

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Brant'sLawnCare, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    This year I decided to go out on a limb and buy a skid steer. We have been using it on a job that is a condo complex with about 23, 5k square foot parking areas. Last year it took us about 5-7 truck hours with a 2-4 in. snow fall. This year it is taking between 2.5-5 hours with just the skid steer, and it is doing a better job between cars and such. I am writing this in case someone is kicking around the idea of buying a skid steer. If you spend a lot of time back dragging and turning around in a truck, definitely think about purchasing a skid steer. You will save a lot of time (=$$$) and you will do a better job. I wish someone woulda told me this sooner payup payup

    Hope everyone is having a good year so far!

    Brant :waving:
  2. DodgeBlizzard

    DodgeBlizzard Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    Plus you will find you will use it for much more then just snow.
  3. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    Are you running a bucket only??
  4. dooleycorp

    dooleycorp Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    once you own one you will never let it go many uses treat it right and she will last a long time
  5. mpgall26

    mpgall26 Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    I only do snow so was considering getting one for next season and leasing it out during spring/summer/fall, I just don't know how tough it will be to lease/rent and I can't justify letting it sit during the off season. I have to look around lawnsite maybe and do some homework. Maybe just look hard for a good winter lease is best, some of the machines I looked at for season lease this year were junk. Decent ones were reserved for the same seasonal customers.
  6. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    When I bought my first skid people thought I was nuts, I've since traded that machine in on two units, all were primarily used for snow. Leases are expensive look for a low hour couple year old machine, when I bought mine (10 yrs ago now) bobcat finance had real rates, annually it willl be less than a winter rental.
  7. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,190

    Brant, you should have asked I would have gladly told you.... :laughing: I fell in love with plowing with a skid 15 years ago. I haven't been in a truck, other than a handfull of times, in at least 4 years, and I certainly don't miss them.

    What do you have mounted on it?
  8. magnum1

    magnum1 Senior Member
    from ID & ND
    Messages: 249

    Like mentioned earlier in this thread, Think your making $$ now wait till spring
    and the many uses and toys ( attachments ) you'll find to use with your skid, If your
    like me you'll need more skids. Good Luck this season Thumbs Up
  9. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    I have an 8' Western with wings mounted to it. A guy sold the plow to me for $650. It just needed a cutting edge, but I happened to have one of those sitting around. Works pretty nice now.

    Hey Joe! I guess I should've guessed by your pic that you love skids. I ended up getting a John Deere 240 from a guy around West Bend. Seems to be in decent shape. I found a good deal on an 8' Western. What do you run for skids and plows?
  10. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    Thanks! I like the skid you have in the pic there. It looks nice. How do you like it?

    I used it about 30 hrs this summer, so nothing major. But it was my first year with one. Hopefully next year things will pick up a bit. The landscape market here seems to be a little up and down though.
  11. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    Craigslist usually has some pretty decent machines on it. Some are definitely whipped, but some are still in good shape. I would check for a deal on there.
  12. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    That is what I am hoping for!
  13. dooleycorp

    dooleycorp Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    machinery trader.com has alot of machines to look at
  14. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,218

    I plow a fast food property with my pick up truck. Next door is another fast food property. That guy uses a skid steer and whips my ass ... time wise .... every time. I wish that I could justify one but I don't have that many properties and my other business is junk removal.You made a smart move with the skid steer!!!
  15. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,275

    Really? And after Brant uses a wheel loader, he'll never go back to a skidloader. I'm with you on the trucks, don't miss em.
  16. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,190

    I agree, If it wasn't my own skidsteer, I'd certainly take one of the wheel loader routes for my brother. Subbing pays better though, and I can always get additional time piling for him when necessary.

    Brant, I run a route with my Bobcat S250 with a Western/shop-built plow. I started a thread about putting it together a few ears ago here.

    I also have an older BC 763 with a Western 8.5' that I use to clean up at home/shop with, and the plow serves as a spare. If you need an insight on the plowing w/ the skid, PM me. Thumbs Up