compact track loaders

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s220turbo

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hey everybody, I was wondering if you ever heard of anyone who digs basements or does pond construction with a compact track loader. I curently have a wheeled machine now and seriously thinking of trading for a track machine. I am also wondering how good they work with land clearing. any imput would be good.
 

Tigerotor77W

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Very good idea for basements. Take a look at the Worksaver section of the Bobcat site. I can't get you the exact issue right now, but there was an article about contractors who used the T190 for for digging basements. I would expect great results on land clearing, too. Welcome to the forums!
 

s220turbo

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Very good idea for basements. Take a look at the Worksaver section of the Bobcat site. I can't get you the exact issue right now, but there was an article about contractors who used the T190 for for digging basements. I would expect great results on land clearing, too. Welcome to the forums!
thanks for the input. I will go tn the site and check it out. if I have any more questions I will hit the forums, thanks.
 

864wood

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thanks for the input. I will go tn the site and check it out. if I have any more questions I will hit the forums, thanks.
I regularly did house demos, basement foundation, footers etc with my track machine and made good money. My best advice is to go with a track machine with the 84" combo bucket. Go to my other postings about the advatages of the combo for my testimony. In my opinion the compact track loader provides more break out strength and tip to weight ratio that allows you to dig very large holes. With large holes comes a ramp to feret the material out of the hole and stage it good stock piles for future backfilling. The tracks will give you the floatation and friction to pull large amounts out of the hole with the machine not possible with a wheeled machine even with steel tracks. If you need anything more specific just ask I'am here. Good luck!
 

s220turbo

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I regularly did house demos, basement foundation, footers etc with my track machine and made good money. My best advice is to go with a track machine with the 84" combo bucket. Go to my other postings about the advatages of the combo for my testimony. In my opinion the compact track loader provides more break out strength and tip to weight ratio that allows you to dig very large holes. With large holes comes a ramp to feret the material out of the hole and stage it good stock piles for future backfilling. The tracks will give you the floatation and friction to pull large amounts out of the hole with the machine not possible with a wheeled machine even with steel tracks. If you need anything more specific just ask I'am here. Good luck!
tell me this, if you pull all the necessery maintenance and you are a good operater how long will the machine last, as far as drives, tracks and engine before needing a overhall. tell me what to look for when noticing problems in the drive systems in track machines. I will tell you those stories that you were telling about the drive really scared me away from track machinens. do you think you will ever go back to tracks. tell me what you think.
 

StuZ

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tell me this, if you pull all the necessery maintenance and you are a good operater how long will the machine last, as far as drives, tracks and engine before needing a overhall. tell me what to look for when noticing problems in the drive systems in track machines. I will tell you those stories that you were telling about the drive really scared me away from track machinens. do you think you will ever go back to tracks. tell me what you think.
Bobcat just recently came out with their own set of over the tire tracks. It's always an option
 

864wood

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Bobcat just recently came out with their own set of over the tire tracks. It's always an option
The advantage for tracks over tires are inconcievable. Just trust me when I say that I will always own a track machine. The countless flat tires in the worst possible places suck!!!!!!!!! With tracks just keep on swimming. I once had a piece of 3/8" rebar stuck thru the tracks and my joke always was " Hey look, I got a flat". Dont be frightened by track machines though. I purchased my first track machine out of the rental fleet. So God knows what happened to it before I got it. Truth be told I also ran my 864G flat out and didn't turn any work down. So in effect, even though I own the machine and I am a very good and resposible owner. I know that I contributed to the extra maintence and repairs neccessary. I took one look at the over the tire rubber tracks and was profoundly dissapointed with set up cost and possible hazards when you pick up bad stuff between track and tire. What happens when you grind #2 recycled concrete in that mess. Looks like more expense and hassle. At least with rubber tracks and steel undecarrige and drive sprockets, you might hear some horrendous noises from the track but keep the tension right and all you have is large rocks being made into smaller rocks. Grind away! The only thing to be timid about is the extra $20K for the T series machine. Make no mistake I will.................. have my T-300.
 
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