I am thinking about purchasing a skidsteer in the near future possibly and am wanting some pros and cons from some of you that run them on a regular basis. I really am only considering a bobcat as the only possibility, becasue of in town servicability. There are other options, John Deere, New Holland, Cat and Case, in the area but all require anywhere from a 35 -90 mile drive for parts and service. I am looking at two different models that I think are comparible just different years and models. The first is a 873 and the second is a newer S185. Both appear to have about the same HP, lifting and tipping capabilities, and so fourth. What does one need to really look at for wear and tear when purchasing one of these machines used? What options should really be considered must haves? It is very hard for me to justify any sort of skidsteer being a one man crew and doing smaller jobs, and on top of it living in a rural area where alot of the farmers all ready own one themselves. I have rented machines from some of the farmers but that gets to be a pain in the ass, cause as soon as you have it they figure they need it back to take care of the their own things. The main uses of a skidsteer would be for moving dirt, rock, snow and moving materials around and possibly running a backhoe and posthole attachment from time to time. Thanks in advance for any input.