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Homestead Machine Recommendations Needed

Discussion in 'Compact Track/Multi Terrain Loaders' started by koselig, Jan 2, 2020.

  1. Coastal

    Coastal Senior Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    BC, Canada
    Oh I missed this post... I see you've already figured it out. :p
  2. ThreeCW

    ThreeCW Active Member

    Dec 16, 2019
    near Calgary, Alberta
    There is an interesting discussion that gets into comparing tracked units vs wheeled units in the snow. Since one of your primary uses is snow removal, it is worth a read.

    It may be difficult to get both “good winter traction for plowing hills” and “low ground pressure in the summer for wet ground conditions” all in one machine.

    I too was considering a tracked unit when I recently upgraded my skid steer but decided against it after reading about the higher repair and maintenance cost of a tracked unit and the questionable winter traction even when used “winter” tracks. Admittedly, I don’t have soft summer ground conditions to deal with, so my choice of a “farm / hobby” machine was easier.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2020
  3. elyislander

    elyislander New Member

    Jan 23, 2020
    This is a great thread to read... thanks for all of the insights. I am just a few hours away in Minnesota, just down I35 near Pine City and (was) also in almost the same situation as the OP although I don't really have inclines to deal with... I do have substantial low areas that are frequently soggy. But other than that the snow removal as well as general forestry and construction use is what I am doing.

    So with that I ended up finding a used Cat 257B3 with 2400 hrs from a twin cities landscaper. Have had the machine about a month now, so far so good, appears well maintained and undercarriages and tracks are nearly new. Only issue with it is that it doesnt look all that great - the paint sucks, it is fairly rusty from being used as the landscaper's snow mover. I'll probably put 50 hrs a year on the machine so really hoping I can cover all the maintenance on it myself...Cat sure is proud of their parts and service based on looking at what it costs.