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Old 11-15-2017, 02:55 PM   #1
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We are looking to buy an used skid steer which would really come in handy for our new builds (just starting our first new build) and our addition jobs.

It would be used to compact garbage into bins, scraping roads, grading, unload material and general clean up.

The only thing is it would only be used when we have our addition or new builds on the go. So my thinking is to open a side business to keep the skid steer busy. Post holes? Snow removal? Rent it out?

Has anyone gone this route? Or any input would be great, thanks

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Old 11-15-2017, 09:23 PM   #2
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You don't want to rent it out. It will get f'ed up. You'll need forks to have it really be useful on the jobsite. Also, a skid really isn't a good stand alone machine. It's a good machine to have coupled up with a mini ex though. If you are looking for a stand alone type machine I think I'd look for a small telehandler or a small wheel loader. It's not a bad machine to start with though.

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Old 11-15-2017, 09:28 PM   #3
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You don't want to rent it out. It will get f'ed up. You'll need forks to have it really be useful on the jobsite. Also, a skid really isn't a good stand alone machine. It's a good machine to have coupled up with a mini ex though. If you are looking for a stand alone type machine I think I'd look for a small telehandler or a small wheel loader. It's not a bad machine to start with though.
How's the backhoe attachment?

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I wouldn't rent it, I rent stuff to buddies sometimes but I don't make it a habit.

I want to get a skidsteer, super quick and handy, easy to haul.

I got a gradall and a backhoe. I'd rather have a mini x and a skidsteer than the backhoe, but the backhoe does have its place.

Owning equipment isn't terribly expensive, the payment is way cheaper than renting and the maintenance/wear and tear isn't bad as long as you take care of it. The machine doesn't have to constantly be working to pay for itself and make you money.

I was talking to the rental store guy recently and he said he had just rented one of his telehandlers out for a month and had to put about $6k into it when it came back.


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I donít have any first hand experience with it, but it looks like more trouble than it is worth.
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I bought a used Bobcat a few years ago. I used it mostly on rentals and to move things at my shop and clear snow. I have been very glad I got it. I don't try to keep it busy though. It's just there for when it makes things easier.
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It is amazing how much a skidsteer comes in handy. I bought a used one in 2005. I don't keep it busy every day some times not even every week. I put about 50- 100 hrs a year on it. Its used most at the shop as a fork lift. If you take care of it they hold there value. I could still get my money out of it and it has cost very little in maintance other oil I have replaced a few hoses.
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I agree about holding value. I bought a used one about 20 years ago for $18,000 and that's what it is worth today. It helps that new ones are going for $60,0000.
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Skid steers are great little machines. Get a loader bucket and forks for sure, quick attach. Other handy attachments are the rotary broom, grapple bucket and soil conditioner.

I've owned the backhoe attachment and they are pretty much "toys". If you need a backhoe, rent one or a mini excavator.
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Lately I've been seeing a lot of skid steers with the rubber tracks on them, more so than tired machines. I watched one grade and loom a site and the tracks almost help the process, similar to a dozer, vs the wheels that want to dig in while turning on soft product.
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Lately I've been seeing a lot of skid steers with the rubber tracks on them, more so than tired machines. I watched one grade and loom a site and the tracks almost help the process, similar to a dozer, vs the wheels that want to dig in while turning on soft product.
They are great for that. We have a local excavation company that has 2 huge tracked skid steer. They dig their basements with them. When I first heard it I thought it was crazy buy watching them do it is pretty cool and they make quick work of it.

Downside to tracks is they can tear up a yard much quicker than tires will imho.
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Sorry, I'm going to have to disagree with the tracks tearing up the yard over the tires.
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Sorry, I'm going to have to disagree with the tracks tearing up the yard over the tires.
Even when turning around on a yard? Asking honestly...It seems like the tracks would tear up more when turning around.

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Even when turning around on a yard? Asking honestly...It seems like the tracks would tear up more when turning around.

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In many cases, mainly soft ground, tires will make a much bigger mess. Tracks distribute the machines weight more evenly. That's not saying tracks are always better, tires are more preferable on hard surfaces in most cases.
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In many cases, mainly soft ground, tires will make a much bigger mess. Tracks distribute the machines weight more evenly. That's not saying tracks are always better, tires are more preferable on hard surfaces in most cases.
Now you guys got me thinking tires or tracks? Lol I've only used tires so may stick with that. Do the tracks wear out easy on asphalt?

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It's been my experience that tracks do less damage than the tires do on softer terrain, i.e. grass, sand. But I think they also leave more marks behind on harder surfaces i.e. driveways, your shop floor. Either will tear up grass if you do a standing pivot, and a radius like that really puts wear and stress on the rubber tracks. Asphalt wears fairly hard on tracks.
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I have always wanted to try a set of over the tire tracks on our machine to see how they did. Seems like they could be a good option and not the worst thing to take off if you didn't want or need the tracks for a specific job.

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I have always wanted to try a set of over the tire tracks on our machine to see how they did. Seems like they could be a good option and not the worst thing to take off if you didn't want or need the tracks for a specific job.

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Being a sider by trade, we live and die with the site grading conditions and IMO only, the wheeled machine makes much more of a mess. It's even more pronounced when we're coming out of winter and the ground freezes at night and thaws during the day under the sunlight....we end up with divits and tire diggers a foot deep to navigate through, not fun at all.

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