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SECTLANDSCAPING
01-10-2013, 10:26 PM
I been looking for something to do sidewalks for a few apartment buildings. I looked at blowers, atvs and a crew of mexicans(I would never do that).

I ended up getting this mini skid steer. Shes so small and cute I just want to hold her. This little skid is only 36" wide so will get in back yards and maybe even basements. It only weighs 1800lbs and can lift 700lbs. This is a good complement to my kubota.

I have to pick it up in NY, way the heck out there by lake ontario. My new years resolution is to stop buying equipment. Especially when its so cheap that it begs me too.

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willshome
01-11-2013, 05:45 AM
Man I would LOVE to have that year round what a great size and easy to tow. I have been looking for a cheap little one. How high does it lift? You may not need a leaf loader any more

Steve
01-11-2013, 02:32 PM
That is great it is so narrow. I bet this opens the doors to more landscape projects in the future too.

brian'slawncare
01-11-2013, 08:09 PM
so cute...:p

looks like you may need some tire chains for that, it looked like it was slipping a little...

SECTLANDSCAPING
01-11-2013, 10:35 PM
It will lift over the cab, i dont know maybe 7ft?

That driveway was covered in a sheet of ice. I had my buddy bring me up there with a 2wd duramax and he was stuck in the driveway. This little guy pushed him and the trailer up the hill to the street but chains will only help.

It wont really open up to many doors. I already have a compact tractor with more lifting capacity. It is good for backyards, sidewalks, tight spaces or I can schedule 2 mulching jobs at once in the spring. Since Ill have 2 loaders. Wills idea about using it in fall clean ups is good too.

Martywdx
01-14-2013, 11:33 AM
Nice to have if you have a lot of snow cleaning to do.
A few ppl have them around here. But they need to learn not to tear up the lawn. If I was their client I would be very unhappy with torn up sod on the edges of walks and drive ways.

bruces
01-14-2013, 01:34 PM
I found the bucket was pretty useless for sidewalks on mine ,so I welded an old truck blade mount into the bucket ,then cut down the blade to 6 foot .

Steve
01-14-2013, 02:10 PM
so I welded an old truck blade mount into the bucket ,then cut down the blade to 6 foot .

Do you have any pics of that? I'd love to see it.

willshome
01-14-2013, 02:38 PM
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Here is what my friend did with an old fisher. He added steps & quick connects
but for a small little one like this a craftsman 42" plow would work

SECTLANDSCAPING
01-14-2013, 03:21 PM
I was going to get a 5ft atv plow and add sides to make it a pusher box.

Tearing up the yard isnt a issue in the winter. The only place this thing will go is two apartment complexes. The walks are wider then the skid and you dont have to drive over grass to enter and exit.

bruces
01-14-2013, 06:26 PM
I unfortunately have no pictures,and sold that skid a few years ago .The atv plow will most likely fold like a cheap tent ,they are not made for hard plowing ,the structural metal is not heavy enough for use in front of a real powerfull machine like a skid .I suggest you find just about any old truck plow ,cut the mount apart so you just have the angle iron crossmember the blade pins to ,weld that inside your bucket [I put mine on upside down ] .You can either add a valve to your machines hydraulics and operate the plow that way ,pin the plow in one spot and manually turn it when you need to ,or run the whole truck electric over hydraulic unit .You raise and lower the blade with the bucket hydraulics so you dont need a lift cylinder .The plow will stick out pretty far from your skid ,I ran mine like that just in case I needed the blade for a truck [I had a jeep that could run the narrow blade ] ,or you can cut the plow A frame down if you dont think it will ever see a truck again .I also cut the length of the blade down to better suit the mall sidewalks ,I probably didnt need to do this as I had wide open spaces and the benefit of being able to angle it from inside my cab .I was able to quickly deal with the sidewalks ,then unpin the blade and use the skid to pile snow when needed,although it takes a lot of time to get anywhere that way .Eventually,I bought another bucket,so I never bothered removing the bracket from inside the bucket ,but it wouldnt be hard to do with an angle grinder in the spring .I never tried ,but you could possibly weld the plow mount on the top edge outside of your bucket ,and tilt the bucket foreward when hooked to your blade which would leave your bucket clean inside .Through the years ,I have done three of these ,and they all worked fine .

SECTLANDSCAPING
01-14-2013, 07:29 PM
Didnt think about it breaking like that. What about a kubota plow? like this


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I dont even need it to angle. Thats why I want to make a box.

I do have a old 8' fisher speedcast sitting in the yard but that thing is heavy. Even if I cut it down to 4-5 it might still push the limits. The skid is more like a small tractor then a real skid. Its only 18hp and goes maybe 6mph.

I kinda want to attach the plow/pusher to the front of the box. So I can just pull some pins and use the bucket. It would be easier though to just drill holes through the aframe and use the existing bucket pins.

bruces
01-14-2013, 07:37 PM
your kubota blade would probably be fine .If your thinking about just pinning your blade solid to the bucket ,is there going to be a way for it to trip ?If so ,go for it !

bruces
01-14-2013, 08:34 PM
I just noticed the machines near lake Ontario ,my son has moved to Toronto this winter to further his hockey career ,I can rid you of the problems of picking up this machine and get him to pick it up and bring it this way if thats easier for you :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

SECTLANDSCAPING
01-14-2013, 08:51 PM
I just noticed the machines near lake Ontario ,my son has moved to Toronto this winter to further his hockey career ,I can rid you of the problems of picking up this machine and get him to pick it up and bring it this way if thats easier for you :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

I already did pick it up. 11 hours driving. $220 diesel, $35 in tolls, $40 in food, I shouldve just paid the uship guys $408. After driving it back in the rain it didnt want to start. The next morning fired right up. Gonna have to cover the cage with plexiglass.

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bruces
01-14-2013, 09:23 PM
dont forget the heater ,is it liquid cooled ?

SECTLANDSCAPING
01-14-2013, 09:31 PM
dont forget the heater ,is it liquid cooled ?

air cooled. Is there some kinda 12v heater I could put in it? I just rewired the lights and put flashers on the back.

uh oh, someones going to be hot or on fire.
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willshome
01-15-2013, 06:11 PM
someones going to be hot or on fire.


my vote is ON FIRE

I would not make a Pusher Box because of pushing snow a long way may not work and what about walkways that end at a door?

I would make it so you can angle the plow and use use removable wings
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SECTLANDSCAPING
01-16-2013, 05:37 AM
my vote is ON FIRE

I would not make a Pusher Box because of pushing snow a long way may not work and what about walkways that end at a door?

I would make it so you can angle the plow and use use removable wings


Its either on fire or that pos heater in the telephone wires.

I have a little over a inch. Its not looking like Ill get to use the skid today. Its still snowing but sunrise is coming. Ill probably get in a salt run. Or get a phone call since its been light this year demanding I plow 1.5"s.

How the snow in MASS?

willshome
01-16-2013, 07:37 AM
How the snow in MASS?

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wet snow

SECTLANDSCAPING
01-16-2013, 01:41 PM
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wet snow

At about 5:45 the snow stopped. I went to the driveway and measured 1"(wish I wouldve timestamped a picture of it). So I tell the guys to get some sleep. The rain starts at 7:00 while I'm out salting. This stuff is turning to a slushy mess so I clear the driving lanes while I'm saltng. Leaving the rest of the lot untouched.

I get a call from the PM saying noone did the walks and the parking lot looks half done. I told him plowing starts at 2". After that he claims that I;m supposed to clear the lot no matter what. Then I was told by the PM of the other building I do with this company when bidding that they maintain the first 2" of sidewalks. So he tells me that the building are different. I say the contracts are the same and I was contacted and showed the scope of work by him.

He passes the boss the phone. This lady has a attitude and we have the same conversation. She tells me that seasonal means I plow whenever it snows. I say yeah whenever it snows more then 2". So we argue about this. She then switches it to it snowed more then 2" and they pay good money for a service I'm not providing. I tell her no one is calling me to plow today. They pay good money too for me to plow when its over 2". Next its I didnt sand. I say I dont use sand I use straight salt. Well you didnt do it. Do you see ice? no. Thats cause its melted. You didnt sand. If If I put salt in a cup of water would you see it? She has the nerve to tell me I signed the contract. Well I did but you cant read.This went on......

Now the kicker is the PM for the other building has no problems at all. They cleared the walks themselves as per the contract and understand that I'm only suppose to plow when it snows more then 2".

The problem is this lady is the boss of both of them. I dont know if she was having a bad day or what but heres the wording in the contract.

Contractor will plow all designated areas once two (2) inches or more has accumulated.

These people have more sidewalk equipment then I do. They got a deere with plow, a dingo with plow, a few 36" blowers and snowex spreaders. Why would you own this if it wasnt part of your responsibility?

This is what happens in a light winter with seasonal contracts.

Steve
01-17-2013, 12:10 PM
Is there a way you could handle this in the contract or somehow so there wasn't this confusion in the future? If they want it plowed no matter how many inches fall, can you bill them differently? Or what is your view on that?

SECTLANDSCAPING
01-17-2013, 12:55 PM
Is there a way you could handle this in the contract or somehow so there wasn't this confusion in the future? If they want it plowed no matter how many inches fall, can you bill them differently? Or what is your view on that?

If the lady wasnt crazy I could but she seems to think that I'm suppose to be grading the parking lot.

I could bill them on T/M but I already know there not having that. In the future if they want to avoid this they have to specify a 1" trigger or zero tolerance. Theyll pay almost double but if thats what they want.

Part of the reason this is happening is because its a light winter. There thinking I'm getting paid to sit around. So now they expect extras. Then on top of that you have 1 property manager handling the bids for 2 buildings.

willshome
01-17-2013, 01:58 PM
Yesterday was a pain, stopped snowing around 9:30am then rain and today is 42. I know a customer will call "why did you plow" because your trigger is 2" and we got just under 3"

willshome
01-23-2013, 02:19 PM
Was just thinking about your heat problem what about a car seat heater mat it would need less power then a space heater just thinking about it

willshome
01-30-2013, 10:04 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING Have you played much with the loader yet... still liking it? I am really thinking about getting a little one like that.

I can't find a 1816 around here for sale. looking for other small loaders any ideas?

SECTLANDSCAPING
01-30-2013, 11:13 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING Have you played much with the loader yet... still liking it? I am really thinking about getting a little one like that.

I can't find a 1816 around here for sale. looking for other small loaders any ideas?

Not really, keep getting 1 inch snow storms. All I have done with it is load some salt.

Its a older model so its going to be tough to find. I been looking for a parts machine since.

You might be best off buying on ebay. You can find them in farm states for cheap. Then spend $600-$700 to get it delivered with uship.

I would just keep your eye out. Thats how you find the best deals. If you buy when you need it, youll pay more every time.