Hello all. You have a nice forum going here. I live in Western WA. near Tacoma I'm staring a handyman service, I do home repair, tree topping and welding. Right now I'm building a dump truck out of a 95 Ford F350 dually 4x4 460/5speed with a 14' steel bed. I have stretched the frame 5' and today I'm in the process of painting the cab. It's going to be a nice truck. I also have built a stout 20' slider custom car trailer with tandem 6200# axles that weighs 3k lbs. So I would like to expand and have about $15k cash to spend on a Skid steer and I'm looking for a good deal. I have been looking at the 863's that are 4-5 years old. I may have found a 2000 863 with about 1500hrs for $1400.00... Also I know of a JD 250 that a local dealer might be getting back off a lease with 800 hrs on it for $18000...I want something that will last me a long time without having lots of repairs. Big enough to load logs & branches on my truck but small enough to haul with a F350 with extra implements. I'm just not sure what to get or where to find a good deal. I have been reading to try to get educated here on the net. I will be building my own tracks connected with chains, brush hog, grapple bucket, dozer blade, stump grinder and may see if I can find a Back hoe attachment to adapt. How many Hrs do you generally get out of the average machine before the diesel or hydraulic motors/pumps give up and need replacing? Any suggestions would be grate. PS What does "Pinned post" mean when starting a new thread?