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 04-28-2004, 09:20 Post: 84582
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I have a 5 acre wooded property. Considering the following purposes, would you purchase a tractor or a skid steer?

1. Moving brush and piles of logs to a burn area. A grapple bucket would be useful.
2. Moving wood chip piles.
3. Snow plowing of driveway.
4. Bush hogging.
5. Garden tilling

I've been thinking about a tractor for a long time....but, lately, I've been watching landscaping companies do their work and I've realized just how useful skid steers are (especially for clearing brush).

If I can only buy one machine, which would be your choice?






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 04-28-2004, 09:30 Post: 84584
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A SSL (skid steer loader) will work just fine for items # 1 & 2 on your list, as long as you don't have to travel over nice grassed areas to do it.

The only two options for working on grass with a SSL is to either drive in a straight line very carefully, or lay out a 'sidewalk' of plywood on which to drive. Neither is practical.

Forget about the rest of your list using a SSL, 3, 4, & 5 are either impossible or prohibitively expensive with a SSL since it would require hydro-static powered implements which are rare and VERY expensive.

Get a tractor, you will be MUCH happier.

Best of luck.






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 04-28-2004, 10:19 Post: 84589
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Get a tractor, you will save your back.






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 04-28-2004, 10:29 Post: 84591
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A skid steer, when compared to a compact tractor os really heavy.

Lots of folks worry about driving a 2000 pound tractor over their lawn or septic system. A small skid steer can weigh 9000 pounds.

This is not something you pull around with a 1/2 ton pick-up.






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 04-28-2004, 16:16 Post: 84610
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As stated above, a Tractor would be much more versatile with numerous attachments and would be a more common machine for resale.

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 04-28-2004, 17:47 Post: 84616
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I would have to say a ssl. I would say that plowing with a ssl is much easier and faster with a ssl, At work which is an equipment dealer I have a choice of what to use and i will pick a skid loader over a tractor every time, The plows and such that you can get for the machine are however a waste of money you can do a much nicer job with a regular bucket. As for mowing and tilling you can get attachments for the unit but they are more $ than 3pt items. Yes they are heavier but at the same time they are allot more maneuverable. Also you can outfit the unit with a cab enclosure for a lot less than a tractor with heat and ac. Also depending on what size tractor you are looking at they are about the same price. One down side of a ssl is that you will were tires out at about every 500 to 800 hours if you are on any hard surface. But then after you where out the first set you can get better tires that will last about 1000 hours. but either way you go you will be able to do allot more than doing it by hand.






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 04-28-2004, 20:02 Post: 84634
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I'd go with the majority here and get the tractor. After reviewing the uses you mentioned and the property description the tractor will be much more versitle for you.

While I don't have as much experience as alot of the guys I have used both types of equipment and believe the tractor to be safer on varying terrain. You must still use the tractor safely at all times but I think it is a little more forgiving than the SSL. I almost flipped one backwards one time when misjudging the slope. I don't know which bounced up and down more - the SSL front end or my heart. :0






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 04-28-2004, 20:37 Post: 84643
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Hi,

Just a short time ago I was making a decision between a used skid steer and a used 4wd tractor, as you are now. What I liked about the skid steer is that compairing similiar hp, the skid steer will outlift the tractor by quite a bit. It also appeared to be more "robust" than the tractor The skid steer seemed to get stuck in mud pretty quickly as compaired to the tractor. I also wanted to get a backhoe attachment for my new machine, and the tractor was easier to find with a hoe than the skid steer. I ended up with a tractor, only because the right deal came by at the right time. That being said, the jobs you list IMO would be better off with a tractor. Good luck finding your new machine!
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 06-27-2004, 18:29 Post: 89449
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Consider a skid steer with "tracks". I own one and it'll go where NO tractor would ever consider. You can add a "leveler" to it and repair any damage you might cause within minutes. Consider a compact skid steer like a JD 240, 250, or 260. The best part is if you turn over you are protected by a full cage which is nice if a tree was to fall on you too while clearing. There are some things a tractor will do "better", but there are alot of things a skid steer can and will do that a tractor can not do at all.






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 06-27-2004, 19:15 Post: 89454
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Bellaterra, how are they as far as ground clearance. Say if you wanted to take it into the woods and there are a few rocks or short stumps? I know you would have to have tracks in the woods.






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