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What we use at work

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by gtrzfan, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. gtrzfan

    gtrzfan Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    2010 F250 - 7.6 Western Ultramount - Pro Flo 2

    2008 Steiner 430MAX w/ V plow, Straight plow, Bucket

    Not too bad for a Nursing Home!


  2. schmol

    schmol Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    That's a really sweet looking tractor! looks like a real brute wesport
  3. CGM Inc.

    CGM Inc. PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,598

    We run a Steiner too!
  4. gtrzfan

    gtrzfan Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Yes it is!! Amazing what that thing can do. Never gets stuck either, at least for me it never has been.

    STIHL GUY Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 663

    its good that the tractor has a cab on it too to keep the wind off you
  6. gtrzfan

    gtrzfan Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Cedar, this is the third one the facility has owned. Thinking of trying out a Ventrac next year. All attachments swap over so it would only be the price of the tractor.
  7. gtrzfan

    gtrzfan Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Stihl, I've worked here for 7 years and we have only had the cab for the last two. What an incredible difference with it on there.
  8. CGM Inc.

    CGM Inc. PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,598

    My buddy and I share a lot of the attachements year round. His dad has a Ventrac.....very big and bulky versus the steiner! Steiner is coming out with a new design as well.
  9. wahlturfcare

    wahlturfcare Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    i have use a steiner before with a cab for plowing and love em. the v plow on them is the way to go.
    The only thing i dont like is if you hit something like a buried fire hydrant, the seat belt sucks.
  10. Dan85

    Dan85 Senior Member
    Messages: 670

    Does the Steiner articulate?

    We run two Ventracs, it's a nice advantage to have them articulate. However, as the above poster mentioned, they are pretty bulk for some sidewalks.

    Also, the cabs on the Ventracs get exceptionally hot, even in the winter, since all the engine heat gets blown through the cab. We had quite a few bugs with our machines too, though we did buy them used. Most of the problems were electrical - the machine would just die in the middle of the walk or would not restart, even with a jump. Sometimes it eats attachment belts for seemingly no reason. Now one has developed a 'lurch' that when you have it in high or low gear at neutral, it will move. When you put it in park, you can hear the engine/transmission trying to push the machine. Oh yeah, bought a brand new brush and the hydo pump was no good, so the brush would spin but would stop anytime you put pressure on it, even in float.

    Anyways, we had a few issues but you should check them out. I saw the new glass canopy they have come out with, looks nice, but I bet it will be a greenhouse in the winter sun!

    Best of luck!
  11. gtrzfan

    gtrzfan Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Cedar, I just checked out the website and boy have they dropped products. Only have the 430 and 235 now. Is the new design you mentioned the 235? Luckily the bulkier size of Ventrac won't affect us if we do go with them.

    Wahl, yeah that does suck. Problem we have is wearing the center shoe out constantly. We usually end up catching a manhole cover or the sewer cover. Changed the glass windshield to Lexan because we had a guy go head first into it and shatter it. Not cool!

    Dan, yes the Steiner is articulating. Good to know about the cab, thanks! We are having some electric issues with our Steiner right now. Battery keeps dying, checked and tried everything. Ended up being the regulator. Changed it and was good for 5 months then once cab went back on for winter and amber light hooked up the trouble came back.
  12. Cutter1

    Cutter1 Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    I'm dying for a ventrac. I ran one over the summer and love the idea of a year round machine. I was so impressed with the ability on hills. It will be nice in the winter also. I will have one!!! Missed a real nice one in the fall. Had everything on it. Dual wheels, cab, plow, mower, v blade. Low hours and a diesel. Missed it by a day!!
  13. Dan85

    Dan85 Senior Member
    Messages: 670

    I dug up a photo of ours, we use a blower and a broom. The Broom is absolutely fantastic, if you do go for this machine, definitely pick up a broom - you won't regret it.

  14. gtrzfan

    gtrzfan Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    That sucks! Hate when I miss out on deals too
  15. gtrzfan

    gtrzfan Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Dan, that is a sweet macine! We talked about a broom but were undecided. Really think its worth it then? The snow blower would be a bad option for us. Way too many windows and cars within range of freak accidents. Lol
  16. Dan85

    Dan85 Senior Member
    Messages: 670

    If you are just using a plow blade to clear snow, then you will definitely love the broom! Anything like 2-3" and under, just hook the broom up and it will clear it down to bare pavement. Your salt usage should drop too. Obviously if people have been walking on the snow it won't clear 100%.

    One nice thing about the Ventrac is that you can take the control lever, kick it all the way out to the right and that will put the attachment in float position, so no need to constantly adjust. If you need a little more pressure, you use the control lever to put some down pressure on the attachment.

    The only drawback is, if you angle the broom it wears on one side more than the other. Also, it will fling mud/dirt/grass if you get off the sidewalk.

    I would ask the dealer if you could demo a broom, If they're going to sell you this machine they should have no problem letting you demo a broom for a week. There are a few guys who run Ventracs on this site, one guy is head maintenance for casino/resort and he has several machines, so I would ask around here too. I think it's definitely worth the money for a broom.
  17. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    Steiner/Ventrac are great little Machines Very Versitile...The Steiner Brothers sold out to then Ransomes in 1988...They had to wait 10 years then they formed Ventrac...A company i was with many years ago had 5 Steiners and they were Great.....
  18. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    The Broom option works Great...The Light Fluffy Snow is No Problem.....The Heavyer Wet Snow you just Bust out the "V" or Straight Blade......This is a Great Sidewalk Machine
  19. EXR

    EXR Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    We run a smaller 3000 series ventrac with a 42" blower and cab.
    We couldn't run our sidewalk crew without it.
    21hp kawi does a great job.
  20. gtrzfan

    gtrzfan Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Dan, just realized you are only in Buffalo! Lol Have to go to the airport on the 3rd. You deal with Messinger's? Just wondered if there were any closer dealers than an hour and a half away that might not be listed on Ventrac site.