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    Default Why do you use Bobcat brand?

    Why have you chosen to use Bobcat versus New Holland, Gehl, John Deere, etc.? Is it just price or is there some design or feature that make a Bobcat well suited to the tasks? Also, which models do you like best for the money?

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    Default Re: Why do you use Bobcat brand?

    Quote Originally Posted by RogerCrum View Post
    which models do you like best for the money?
    Swinger 1K
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    Default Re: Why do you use Bobcat brand?

    Yes Keith, you have a Swinger 1K and probably married a super-model but what about the mere mortals?

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    Default Re: Why do you use Bobcat brand?

    First I have to agree with Kieth the 1K is the only machine that is built heavy duty enough to handle the abuse of beekeeping . As far as Bobcat over other brands , I think it has to do with the old 610's . With the 5th wheel and mast it made for a great bee moving machine of the day. The Bobcats today are a good size and weight for what we do. Add a mast and a caster and you have a good bee loader . I think it has to do with the fact that there are just allot of Bobcats out there ,you can find a used machine at a good price.

    As fas as costs though, the Swinger is the best value for the $$
    Clear Lake Wi. / Sebring Fl.

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    Default Re: Why do you use Bobcat brand?

    Thanks Trevor, agree that the Swinger is a great tool designed for the job. Your explanation for Bobcat makes sense. The reason for my question is more idle curiosity since my needs are very modest. I rent a Bobcat from the local dealer for snow removal, forklift duties, etc.. But the older I get, the more tempting it is to buy a used one for various back-saving duties. Thanks to both of you for your responses.

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    Default Re: Why do you use Bobcat brand?

    Quote Originally Posted by RogerCrum View Post
    Thanks to both of you for your responses.
    OK... I got it, I'll go back under the bus. Hey maybe the super model is hiding under there?
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    Default Re: Why do you use Bobcat brand?

    I have a 1995 LX 465
    why? Price, size and versatility for beekeeping and farm work.

    What was I looking for when buying a skid steer?
    lift capacity,
    size, some machines are very large and harder to transport. But the larger machines lift more, so it all depends on how much you need to lift
    the lift on the newer machines have improved from the earlier models. unless your talking mast, because that is the way to go for sure
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

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