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Crawlers, Dozers, Loaders & Backhoes Discussion Forum

Re: Magnatrac mini dozers

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01-06-2013 16:00:07

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If you are thinking of buying new, I wouldn't do it again. But those were better times, when I bought my Magnatrac 5000. I have the all hydraulic version, with the 6 way PAT blade, 3 point hitch and PTO. 25 HP kohler engine.

As far as pushing out trees, not very big ones, maybe 2-3". Don't cut off at ground level, or you won't have a lever to work it out with. What mine excels at is tight spaces and drainage ditches. It don't move real fast, 2 MPH regular speed, 3 MPH overdrive. When I bought mine, the ASV RC30 rubbertrack loader hadn't come out yet.

Price, speed, track type, and HP considerations plus the # of attachments for the ASV, make it the better choice. I still Like the struck better, but it takes so long to do anything with, it gets a lot less use than it used to. It will still go on impossibly steep slopes, and push a full blade of dirt, just like a big cat!

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Randy Corlew

01-17-2013 19:42:28

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 Re: Magnatrac mini dozers in reply to Diydave, 01-06-2013 16:00:07  
I was just wanting to offer some insight on skidders vs the Magnatrac.
Skidders are more expensive HP vs dollar I believe (New) - Someone tell me different. Strucks are high new but so are the skidders.
Gas vs Diesel engines? Home owners can work on the gas much cheaper and easier. Struck is pretty easy to work on. Many Skidders like the Bobcat have a ton of electronics that you have to take to the dealer if you have a problem. Struck has straight hyd. control valves not all the electrical switches in the handles.
Again the skidders are a ton faster but those are built for the construction market not the homeowners. Again I see the Struck as a large homeowners crawler where a bigger mid range is not pratical and where a 25 hp compact utility just wont get it done. Tight areas where power is needed is where the Struck machines shine. Get out of that area then I would have to say don't get the struck. If you had 20 acres - don't get the Struck because travel time is at best 3 mph with overdrive. Again do the research and make the decision based on your need and area.

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