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JackF wrote:I had a Bobcat 743 that was used for a rental by the previous owner…. You thank rental cars have a hard life…thank again.
In my opinion Bobcat, Cat, John Deer and New Holland are all good. I borrowed a New Holland track machine the other day to move big round bales of hay and it was powerful and fast.
Tracks seem to be easier to use on pavement and flat surfaces, wheels are better when the surface is rough. (Out in the fields). The New Holland I was using the tracks were worn and the owner uses it on a cattle /hog feeding operation on concrete. I’m thinking that is what is wearing them.
Bobcat’s used several different steering systems, some have straight mechanical linkage, (I think better) and some have hydraulic servos, hoses and linkages. (I had this type and leaked a lot of fluid) Bobcat uses two engines; Perkins (Caterpillar owned), and Isuzu, both reliable engines. On Bobcat’s one of the big things to look out for is the u-joint’s (between the engine & pumps) condition, for some reason they don’t get greased when maintained and will eventually break. On backhoe units; look where the arms pivot at the Backhoe because they crack, but can be welded. Mine were and never cracked again.
I now used my Massey Ferguson 40 Industrial backhoe for all my needs.
Don McCombs wrote: So would a set of pallet forks.
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