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Skid Steer vs Tractor

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Chip P, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. Chip P

    Chip P Junior Member
    from Lavaca
    Messages: 15

    I am some what new to snow plowing and I have been using a JD 5300 2wd with loader and blade on back. I am looking into buying a bobcat T190 and putting a blade on the front. I need some advice on if this is a smart mover or not. My tractor runs about 10-11mph and the T190 runs 7mph so speed is a consern. I clean mainly bank parking lots and fast food restaurants. I have been hauling my tractor from job to job so time between location is not an issue. Also should I look into a tire unit instead of a tract. I live in Arkansas so the most snow we get is normally 6 inches.
  2. 98K3500

    98K3500 Member
    from WI
    Messages: 46

    The slight difference in top speed wiil be more than offset by the better manueverability (sp??) of the SS.

    SS all the way IMHO.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2013
  3. penniesfrmhvn

    penniesfrmhvn Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I would go with the skidsteer. maybe slower speed but way more user friendly, and maneuverability.just my 02
  4. Billious

    Billious Member
    Messages: 72

    Tracks really do not perform well in slick conditions. If you have a layer of ice under the snow, kiss your traction goodbye.

    If youre going to go with a skidsteer, go wheels all the way.
  5. Chip P

    Chip P Junior Member
    from Lavaca
    Messages: 15

    Would the tracks do better than my 2wd tractor?
  6. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Make sure you get winter tracks.
  7. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,192

    If the tracks do better than your tractor it won't be by much.. buy a tire machine and you will love it. A 185-205 with a blade will run circles around your tractor.
  8. Chineau

    Chineau Senior Member
    Messages: 447

    Will you use this machine in the off season or park it? Minimum i would look at is the 205 and if you can go bigger do it, i have a s-250 and a 943 the s-250 is two speed both machine 70 plus hp. i have no experince with tracks but can tell you i have not heard to much in a positive way about them for snow work.
  9. Chip P

    Chip P Junior Member
    from Lavaca
    Messages: 15

    I have a mowing business and I am hoping to be able to use it through out the year.
  10. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    Get a snow plow truck with a salt spreader and sale salt to your contractsThumbs Up