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That is a nice piece of equipment. How would that compare with the tractors you have now? I know it is physically bigger but is the bucket that much bigger to justify it's cost? Plus is it designed for only one use? Could a larger tractor be more helpful?

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I did a job for the city last night, first snow removal for the city, one of their big trucks did a Cul de sac wrong and blocked some condo parking garages and they needed a loader, three other companies they had on the list above me didn't show as it was a very small job.
I bet there are other readers on here wondering how the heck they could get on a list of people to be called for such situations. What should they be doing to get the word out on this service especially with the town?
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That is a nice piece of equipment. How would that compare with the tractors you have now? I know it is physically bigger but is the bucket that much bigger to justify it's cost? Plus is it designed for only one use? Could a larger tractor be more helpful?



I bet there are other readers on here wondering how the heck they could get on a list of people to be called for such situations. What should they be doing to get the word out on this service especially with the town?
Well a tractor probably has a top speed in my case of 25 mph, this unit will go close to 50 mph and it will lift to about 16 feet, I can only lift about 12, the one I used today had a four yard bucket, basically four bucket loads is a tandem truck full, the tractors biggest bucket is 1/2 yard.

Contact the following if your city is set up like mine and probably is:

Bus Stops - Metro Transit Procurement Dept

Fire Hydrants - City Water Commission Procurement Dept

Sidewalks - Public Works Procurement Dept.

Have to be a registered company not only within the Province (State) you have to be registered with CCRA same as the IRS, have 3 million in Insurance and three references, bunch of paperwork but it pays, a few more storms and we will be called out to do Hydrants and Bus Stops.

I understand it's one city but typical government, you have to contact every friggin dept.

Anyhow had an amazing day, made close to a grand gross at very little cost.

As for the purchase....dunno....this unit is $94,000 and would have limited use for me.

Readers are probably wondering why I don't get a Skid Steer, personally I think they are dangerous for staff to learn and at least here they have to be certified, I demo them but I still don't like them, very rough ride and you can upset one in a heart beat.
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Would larger tractors have larger buckets? Would they be better than a skid steer?
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Would larger tractors have larger buckets? Would they be better than a skid steer?
They do however you can't get the speed on the road that you need granted in the city it would not matter so much and I could leave a larger tractor parked at Deere and a tractor would allow more attachments, at this point it's just an idea, I will probably not run with it.

My main reason is weight, I am really limited as to how big a tractor I can use on a clients property as almost all of our clients have septic fields so my 749 is about the biggest I can go.

If I were to get a mall lot I would buy the 244J or if I could get the city to pay a monthly stand by fee which will never happen, other issue in my case is I can't salt, I have to take out seperate environmental insurance and trust me it's expensive. I know dozens salt and sand without this insurance but once again I have too much to loose to be doing anything I am not insured for, that is the words of my lawyer who is also a business partner in two other companies we own.

These are the biggest tractor I can take on a clients property that has a septic field, one is my 790 and one is a 3032SE, very powerful tractors.
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So does the speed become a factor if you want to drive the piece of equipment to the customer's location? Is that where it is important?

Then you wouldn't have to haul it?
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So does the speed become a factor if you want to drive the piece of equipment to the customer's location? Is that where it is important?

Then you wouldn't have to haul it?
No it's the weight, the 790 would go around 3,200 pounds, add to that a bucket full of top soil at around 1,000 pounds or more and you are already over the safe limit to cross a septic field and the last thing I need is to be repairing a field we damaged due to weight, it's something we watch very close.
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I didn't know if you could drive these things to the customer's location or you had to haul them there on a trailer.

I don't know the rules for driving these on the street.
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I didn't know if you could drive these things to the customer's location or you had to haul them there on a trailer.

I don't know the rules for driving these on the street.
All of my tractor's with loaders are street legal and have plates and insurance ($1,250.00 fine without) however it would take to long to get to a job site driving so we float them, as I mentioned in another post we bought another trailer that is almost 20 feet long that will allow me to take an excavator and a loader at the same time, 100% of our excavation jobs require both so we should save a lot of time and fuel. I don't have any trucks big enough to pull both so I have a contract with two towing companies, one for a backup to move my trailers with the equipment and when I have to do this I will just increase my bid, if it works well I may never buy a 350 series truck as it's simply a lot cheaper to have another company worry about maintenance, cost, insurance etc.

The 244J Pay loader would be driven, that thing is desperate heavy, I doubt a 350 series would pull it, I know Deere Floats them using a transport with a flatbed.
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The 244J Pay loader would be driven, that thing is desperate heavy, I doubt a 350 series would pull it, I know Deere Floats them using a transport with a flatbed.
And then all of a sudden you find yourself in need of a flatbed to transport your equipment. I bet that would be quite an expense!
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