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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?

    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
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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?

    LOL Keith, I was extending thanks to both you and Trevor before Ian responded. Now, thanks also to Ian. I didn't find the supermodel either but the one I did find has kept me around for the last 41 years which is more than I often deserved.

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    Default Re: Why do you use Bobcat brand?

    Actually all I used for quite a few years was a New Holland skid steer (no tail wheel). They invented a unique lift system (later copied by Bobcat) that requires less tilt and lifts away as it lifts up. They also are a bit more stable as they have a lower center of gravity than a Bobcat. Nice machines and quite versatile as with any skid steer and, oh yeah, about 10 grand less than a Swinger or Hummerbee. You could probably even get one with an enclose cab, air and heat for the about the same money. Just dont let Keith know you are getting one.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Default Re: Why do you use Bobcat brand?

    ya, the lift system is a nice touch.
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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    Default Re: Why do you use Bobcat brand?

    I have John Deere 320. Good powerful machine and I can see better with the articulating arms as oposed to the fixed pivet location of bobcat arms.

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    Default Re: Why do you use Bobcat brand?

    Quote Originally Posted by jim lyon View Post
    (no tail wheel).
    What...... no tail...... no fun ..no tail.
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    Default Re: Why do you use Bobcat brand?

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Jarrett View Post
    What...... no tail...... no fun ..no tail.
    no crazy wheel? I have a kubota and I dig holes and when I am done I fill them in. Why, you ask. Because I can.

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