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CT18fireman

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They are a lot of money upfront. Plus you need a loader or backhoe to run one. They do make up for that cost with efficiency. Especially in large open areas.
 

John Allin

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Erie, PA
6 foot skid steer model - $2100
8 foot skid steer model - $2400
10 foot skid ster model - $2700
12 foot skid ster model - $3000

We don't have any 12 foot skid steer models.
 

CT18fireman

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Western CT
John
How do the skid steers work? I know a guy who had V-plow for one and he had a lot of difficulty with it. This is one reason I have avoided a pusher box for mine. Easier just to use the mulch bucket if I need to do some stacking.
 

John Allin

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Erie, PA
Standard mount is normal, although they make them to fit on buckets like the backhoe models.

We find the skid steers to be very efficient. Much more so (in some instances) than a plow truck, especially in smaller situations. In fact, we are using almost 40 of them out in Salt Lake City.

I know that with the V blade there is some difficulty as we tried one, and discarded it for the pushers. The difference is night and day.
 

CT18fireman

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Western CT
hmmm. traction is adequate? This is my real concern. I could see using them for walkways, stacking and clearing areas unreachable by a plow truck such as loading docks and ramps in an industrial park I plow. It is mostly flat but lad thing I would want is the operator sliding sideways into something.
 

John Allin

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Erie, PA
Skid steers are 4WD, and we haven't had a big problem with them breaking traction. Although, we are not using them on steep inclines and large areas. That's was the big iron is for.
 
the only time you break traction with a skid steer is when you stop or try to turn, as long as you just go striaght and keep you momentum they can push a good amount of snow I ran a 8' box on a new holland lx 865, and alotta times it';s much more productive than a truck, their just not good in large areas and youu cannot turn and push at the same time (meaning curved areas) other than that they work great.
 

CT18fireman

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That was my concern. I know they are four wheel drive and work well in dirt and sand. My though was trying to stop and maneuver with a pusher box. Not so much getting started but stopping. Snow and asphalt is a slippery combination for the common skid steer tire.
 

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