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    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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  • #2
    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
    Last edited by willshome; 01-11-2013, 07:00 AM.

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    • #3
      That is great it is so narrow. I bet this opens the doors to more landscape projects in the future too.
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      • #4
        so cute...

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

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        • #5
          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.

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          • #6
            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.

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            • #7
              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 .

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              • #8
                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.
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                • #9
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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

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                  • #10
                    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.

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                    • #11
                      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 .

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                      • #12
                        Didnt think about it breaking like that. What about a kubota plow? like this




                        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.

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                        • #13
                          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 !

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                          • #14
                            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

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                            • #15
                              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
                              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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