Fifty-five farmers and assorted country folk clustered around the auctioneer. Bidding on the New Holland was fast and fierce. Then, the Kubota was up. “$15,000, can I get $15,000,” the auctioneer sang through a megaphone. “How about 10? Can I get 10? $10,000?” My buddy Kyle had told me never to bid first. They always start high, so wait for the drop and let someone else kick it off. “Nice Kubota, backhoe, good machine, how about 7, can I get 7?” A card went up. A guy in overalls near the front had bid. “We have 7, how about 7-5, 7-5.” Shaking like baby deer, I raised my card. “7-5, in the back. Can I get 8, 8, 8?” Overalls raised his card. “8-5, 8-5.”
The conventional bucket of many skid loaders can be replaced with a variety of specialized buckets or attachments, many powered by the loader's hydraulic system. These include backhoe, hydraulic breaker, pallet forks, angle broom, sweeper, auger, mower, snow blower, stump grinder, tree spade, trencher, dumping hopper, pavement miller, ripper, tillers, grapple, tilt, roller, snow blade, wheel saw, cement mixer, and wood chipper machine.
2009 Caterpillar MT755B Tracked Tractor, 4,588.7 Hrs Showing, 290 Hp, Diesel, Water Cooled Engine, Hydrostatic, 16 Forward Speeds, Large 1000 PTO, Small 1000 PTO, Hydraulic Brakes, Heater, AC, Radio, Pin Hitch, 20 Weights, 118 Fuel Capacity, Tracked, 4 Reverse Speeds, Air Ride Drivers Seat, Buddy Seat, Bent First Step, 3 Point Hitch, Rear Quick Hitch, SN: 1754 ...more
I called my pal, Kyle, who runs Van Galder Family Farms in Alpine, New York, and my friend and mechanic Bill Phelps, of Phelps Auto in Lansing, New York. I told them what I was up to and they gave me a punch list of things to look at. Kyle, I found out, would be at the auction and could kick tires with me. That night before the auction, I typed out the accompanying checklist of things to look at before the bidding started.
The wheels on a skid steer typically have no steering mechanism, they are in a fixed, straight line relative to the body of the machine.  By turning the left and right wheel pairs at different speeds, the machine turns by skidding, or dragging its wheels across the ground.  The rigid frame and strong wheel bearings prevent the torsional forces caused by this dragging motion from damaging the machine.  This skidding motion tears up the ground on which the machine operates.

Hydraulic excavator capabilities have expanded far beyond excavation tasks with buckets. With the advent of hydraulic-powered attachments such as a breaker, a grapple or an auger, the excavator is frequently used in many applications other than excavation. Many excavators feature a quick coupler for simplified attachment mounting, increasing the machine's utilization on the jobsite. Excavators are usually employed together with loaders and bulldozers. Most wheeled, compact and some medium-sized (11 to 18-tonne) excavators have a backfill (or dozer) blade. This is a horizontal bulldozer-like blade attached to the undercarriage and is used for levelling and pushing removed material back into a hole.
The original skid-steer loader arms were designed using a hinge at the rear of the machine to pivot the loader arm up into the air in an arc that swings up over the top of the operator. This design tends to limit the usable height to how long the loader arm is and the height of that pivot point. In the raised position the front of the loader arm moves towards the rear of the machine, requiring the operator to move extremely close to or press up against the side of a tall container or other transport vehicle to get the bucket close enough to dump accurately. At the highest arm positions the bucket may overflow the rear of the bucket and spill directly onto the top of the machine's cab.

Sellers on eBay have new and used construction equipment from top brands, including Bobcat and Kubota, often at deep discounts. Purchasing refurbished or older models is a cost-effective way to shop, and also grants access to particular models and spare parts that may be difficult to find elsewhere. By taking advantage of these great prices, you have the opportunity to acquire machinery that might otherwise be outside of the budget of a sole trader or small business, helping you to get your fledgling business up and running without racking up large amounts of debt. Best of all, branded products offer the quality you expect from industry leaders, so second-hand machines are often still in excellent working condition with years of operational life.
2014 NorTrac 25XT Compact Utility Tractor, 80 Hours, 25 hp Tier-4 Final Shibaura Liquid Cooled Diesel Engine, 21.6 Rear PTO hp, R4 Tires, MFWD, Differential Lock, 8 forward and 8 reverse speed transmission with a Synchro-shuttle upgrade, 540/1,000 RPM PTO, ROPS, sunshade and upgraded Grammer suspension seat, Front weights, Rear Hydraulics with 3rd SCV, Glow plugs, 3-pt NorTrac 60" Grooming Mower, Very clean. ...more
Komatsu hydraulic excavators are world class excavators built with the highest quality materials and superior craftsmanship. Komatsu excavators withstand some of the toughest working conditions due to unique casting designs and world class manufacturing processes. With up to six machine working modes, Komatsu excavators produce fast cycle times, effortless multifunction motions, precise bucket movements, and excellent lifting capabilities. Komatsu designs cabs with the operator in mind to provide the best and most comfortable cab environment available.
Operate the skid steer loader the way you like through the simple touch of a button on our EZ-EH controls. Quickly switch between personalized settings for speed and control customization; program up to nine different presets to recall operator settings for different jobs and different operators at the touch of a button. There’s also an intuitive lockout menu and rocker switch to easily alternate between CASE “H” and “ISO” patterns.

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 For sale is a 2005 Caterpillar 304CR Excavator, Cab/Heat/Air, Aux Hydraulics, Mechanical thumb,2 Speed,  Backfill Blade, VERY GOOD tracks, Cat Coupler, 10,844# Operating weight, 43 HP Diesel engine, 4,221 Hours.  Cranks right up and runs good, Tracks straight, turns strong both directions.  Has some dents/dings/scratches but seems to be mechanically pretty sound.  Cylinders all seem dry.
Knowing the tractor you want, and the market for it is a start, but it can all go out the window after a little hands-on time with the actual machine. It may have lived a hard life, and be worth half as much, or it may be a barn queen in mint condition and justifiably cost a pile more. For the rookie tractor buyer or the mechanically disinclined, this is where knowledgeable friends come into play.
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