I'm looking to purchase my 1st skid steer. I've owned, operated, serviced and repaired a tractor (gas) for many years, but never a skid steer. The machine will be for personal use around my place (so time is not money) cleaning up fence and property lines, removing small trees and brush, misc. landscaping uses, light lifting and loading, etc. Yes, likely a man's toy!!!! I have located 2 older machines and I'm looking for some input. The 1st is a Case 1845 (late 80's) with the gas engine (?? type). It had a light fire, so it has new paint and decals, new air flotation tires (100%), new wiring, some new hoses, new battery & alternator, etc. No major leaks, no weld cracks, broken arms, etc. The lift arms & pins seem tight. It comes with a standard bucket w/o teeth. No lights. The machine starts and runs well w/o smoke and no creeping. Some guages, including hour meter, are not working. This machine has the old syle quick-tach bucket. The 2nd machine is a Case 1845B (late 80's) with the diesel engine (?? type). It has new paint and decals, almost new air flotation tires, a set old solid tires (50%) and wheels, standard bucket w/new detachable teeth and a set of forks. I believe it shows 2800 hours. No major leaks, no weld cracks, broken arms, etc., but show some previous weld repairs, but nothing major. The lift arms & pins seem tight. The machine starts and runs well w/o smoke, and no creeping. All guages working. Both front & rear lights operable. This machine has the old syle quick-tach bucket. I know little about either machines history. I would rate the mechanical shape about the same for both. The prices are in the the same range ($6000). I'm looking the capacity and differences (weight, H.P., etc.) in these 2 machines, and also advise on gas vs. diesel. Also, should I spend more and get the newer style universal attachement plate and aux. hydraulics.