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Cat 309 vs Takeuchi TB290- Mulching and Light Forestry

Discussion in 'General Industry Questions' started by labradorguy, Oct 2, 2021.

  1. Rihpper

    Rihpper Well-Known Member

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    That’s too bad, I hope the 309 is made in USA... did you decide what model your getting?
     
  2. labradorguy

    labradorguy Well-Known Member

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    309s are all made in Georgia as far as I know.

    I was getting a 310, but I just can't do it now. A man either has principles or he doesn't. I do not support China. I think they are fracking evil and hellbent on world domination. I just can't make myself do this even though it's the last machine the dealer is getting in until Q1 2022. I'm in a bind... I have 60k in work lined up for the 310 in November and now this.... I may go back to a Tak made in Japan. That big one they have looks solid as a rock.
     
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    That’s good.

    Have you called other CAT dealers ? I know some will sell outside their territory...probably even easier if your local dealer doesn’t have what you want.
     
  4. labradorguy

    labradorguy Well-Known Member

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    ALL 310s are made in Chyna now.
     
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    Yeah, I was referring to the 309.

    On a side note, was the 310 more than the 309?
     
  6. labradorguy

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    309 has some stability issues with the one ram. Also runs out of steam on slopes. Cat is already looking at changes for it. I think I'm going bigger but not what I wanted to do. They have a 315 GC coming in. I'll have to figure out some logistics and steel tracks in the burbs, but other than that, those are nice machines.

    About 25k
     
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    Interesting, yeah the 315GC looks like a nice machine.

    Wow, I’m surprised the 310 was that much more expensive, they’re very close in weight.
     
  8. JD955SC

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    you can get the steel tracks with rubber add on pads for the 315
     
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    I guess the Chinese have to take their cut....
     
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    Steel tracks with rubber add on pads for the 315 from Cat?
     
  11. JD955SC

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    yes. I don’t know if the machine can be ordered as such from Cat because I’m not a salesman with access to those option lists BUT as a dealer mechanic I have installed several sets of the rubber pad steel tracks on 315 size machines before they were delivered to customers. In each case I removed factory sets. Talk to the sales rep and see your options. These track assemblies are in the service manual literature online, which is where I’ve found replacement pads and nuts for them.

    it’s the kind of tracks that are steel tracks but instead of the middle grouser on each shoe there is a replaceable rubber pad. It hinges in on one side via hooks into holes and then bolts to the other side for securement.

    And if you are custom ordering it see if you can get plumbed in case drain without having to do it via the add on kit. I have seen a few machines with a factory hardline setup for case drain.

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  12. labradorguy

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    Just found out 315 is not going to be here until Q1 2022. Frack.
    I've got a ton of work lined up for it next month.
    They have be able to snag a 313

    Mechanic for JD? Cat?
     
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    why don’t you rent until exactly what you want for sure can get here? I know rental isn’t the cheapest but settling and changing your mind later also isn’t cheap
     
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    That's a good idea. I know around here rental stuff isn't even available and the last time I checked they forbid you to put a mulcher on the rentals, but it may have changed. I'll make a call on Monday. Thanks.
     
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    Got the 309. Made in USA.
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    Nice looking machine. We put the rubber add on on our 308. So far so good. We put a mulching head on our 235 linkbelt, and it hasn't stopped all summer. Funny enough, the operator said, the odd hidden fence, or barbed wire, is not as hard to remove as a junk of carpet