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Skid Steer or Backhoe

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by DCJ inc., Sep 10, 2008.

  1. DCJ inc.

    DCJ inc. Member
    Messages: 44

    hello fellas. i was wondering what everyone thought. I'm loooking at a comm. job that ill need a piece of equipment. My question is which is better for clearing a large area a skid or a backhoe. i plan on useing a snow pusher on what ever unit i go with so take that into consideration. if you prefer a skid which is better tires or tracks and whay. thanks for the help.
  2. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    whats large? 3 acres or 30?

    does the lot have long runs or short?

    can you push in both directions or 1?
  3. big pusher

    big pusher Senior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 129

    If the property is a larger one(3 acres or more) I would go w/ a backhoe w/ a 12' box. We have a 416c w/ a box and it does a good job on open spaces. If the propert is smaller than 3 acres or has a lot of obstacles the I would lean towards the skidloader.
  4. DCJ inc.

    DCJ inc. Member
    Messages: 44

    yea thats what i was thinking. do any of you have any tips on renting cheap. i have a pretty good relationship with the local rental guys but does anyone no a way to get a piece of equipment cheaper then what they rent them for?
  5. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    Ask for their winter rental rates. Around here I used to egt backhoes for as low as 1700 a month.