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Wheel Loaders

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by m39976, Sep 19, 2005.

  1. m39976

    m39976 Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I'm looking at a new John Deere 244j (59hp) or 304j (74hp) compact loaders. I want to use it to plow my Ford dealership in Michigan. (5acres) We use trucks and a tractor with a snow-box now.

    Do you think a compact loader would be practical to replace 1 truck and a tractor? If so how much horsepower will I need.

  2. dubeb31

    dubeb31 Member
    Messages: 68

    you'll still need at least one truck as a side kick to the loader....
  3. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,251

    Depending on the setup, no you don't have to have a truck. We have a JCB 212SU with 14' Daniels and 12' back plow that can plow pretty much anything by itself--no driveways.

    Hard to say without seeing it. We plow a dealership in GR with a skid steer and containment plow (ProTech). So the HP is not always an issue, depending on how far the pushes are. I would say either one would work quite nicely for your setup.

    If it doesn't let me know and I'll buy the loader from you. :D
  4. m39976

    m39976 Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Thanks for the help.

    We use a New Holland tractor (TN75da) now with 75 hp. It works good but I want to move the piles farther back. We use a 1.3 yd bucket. The 244j can take a 2.1yd. I'm going to sell it and upgrade.
  5. SD-Dave

    SD-Dave Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 237

    I use the new John Deere 3800 articulated tele-handler with a 2.5 yd bucket and a 10' Protech snow pusher...works great much more powerful than compact loader and greater dump hieght than a much larger loader.

  6. m39976

    m39976 Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I bought the 244j. It works great for around our car lot. The 3800 is very nice, but i need the smaller size and turning radius.