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switzforge

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I supose this should have been my first post, but oh well. My wife and I are planning to buy our first skid steer in the near future. The main reason for buying is that we are currently building on a 40 acre lot and will have plenty of work to do between house, shop, out buildings and a small guset cabin. Not to mention that we run a small blacksmith shop with plenty of heavy lifting to do, a small saw mill that needs trees moved and loaded as well as land maintenance on the 40 acres including the clearing of weedy trees and brush, road grading and snow removal. The last project we hired an excivator for was the shop, after 3 months we gave up on the first guy and contatcted a second, by then it was winter and it took several more months for him to make it up an leval the spot for the shop. Just can;t afford to wait that long every time I need work done. Heck it took 6 weeks for the road grader to get around to grading this fall once I asked him to come out. So I think we will eventualy pay for the skid steer in cost saved and time wasted. I also hope that there will be some oppertunity to do some work locally to help offset the cost, mostly snow removal in the winter when we can't do as much building. We are probably going to buy an 04 CAT 236B from the local Cat rental company. It has a cab with heat, about 1500 hours and six months remaining on the original warranty. They should be deliverying it for a demo right after Christmas. We plan to have both a tooth bucket, a smooth edge bucket and forks. We are looking into adding a snow blower and plow to do snow removal work as well as a root grapple to help with land clearing and saw mill work. This looks like a great resource, thanks to everyone out there.
 

Tazza

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Welcome to the site.
With that kind of acreage a skid steer will be a blessing. You will find jobs for it you never thought possible, believe me on that!
 

skidsteer.ca

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Welcome to the site.
With that kind of acreage a skid steer will be a blessing. You will find jobs for it you never thought possible, believe me on that!
Wecome John
I bought my first skid loader exactly for the reasons you state. Between my father and myself we have several other pieces of equipment but none of them are as handy and versatile as the skidsteer. I was lucky enough to get a whole package, tracks, trailer, hoe, brusher, forks, snow,smooth & tooth buckets. I was'nt long adding a auger, grapple and snow blade.
It was a used rental, which concerned me a bit, but I rented it to test it out and seen nothing wrong that a little attention would not fix.
It paid for itself in 3 years, and I used it over 1000 hours to fix up my place, plow snow, move gravel and lumber, things in the shop, and on and on.
Rarely a day goes by that I don't have a skid running for a few minutes.
I'm sure you won't regret your decision.
Seasons Greetings
Ken
 
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switzforge

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Well, werote the check for the CAT 236B today. Also picked up a CAT snow blower that is a 2002 model but still new and under warranty for $3,500. So far I am looking for excuses to use it and am learning alot.
 
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