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Old 07-26-2018, 03:49 PM   #1
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2012 Deere 329D. Skid steer.

Has less than 2,000 hours. Fully enclosed cab.

I'm actually about to buy a non-Cat machine.


Anything I should be aware of on this unit or year?

One thing that turned me off about a Cat 287 that I almost bought is the rubber rollers and idlers.
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From my experience these JD skidsteers are good and the only issue i ever had was with a 317G track skid that overheat due to small hydraulic oil cooler. They put a larger one and worked great after.

Other than that its a great machine.

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Thanks.

I've heard a lot of good things about JD, but I've always found CAT to be more ergonomically designed, and more comfortable.

I rented a JD loader/backhoe for a couple weeks, and really didn't like it compared to the CAT 420.

I ended up finding another CAT 287B. Bought it last summer. It does have rubber idlers and bogies, but I can get an all aluminum kit for it for about 2K.

I'll probably stick to CAT. I'm looking for a 303.5 mini-excavator right now.
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I'd talk to your banker/ accountant to run the # on buying a new Cat or Deere if you can keep them busy enough....

If you can run a "new" machine for ten years, then pedal it with little or no added costs? Mileage might vary depending on your tax bracket.

Cat and Deere make a large fraction of their $ through financing their iron....

As always buy the line that has local- skilled mechanics and parts support, IMO

Sticking with one line will some money in training and service costs...
Make sure your old attachments will function with the newer iron...

I see more and more trailer/yard queens(machines with very low annual hours) in my state of all types and sizes.

During the O-show, and so far with DT, small mobile equipment has nearly doubled in price per unit, while all the inputs to make them have returned to their historic averages, except of course the tier IV engines added costs ( curse C.A.R.B.).

My replacement teleboom will cost 200%+ of the old one
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