Review By : dave240280 on Feb 6 2010 12:00AM
Price Paid : $0.00
Years of Use : 3+ Years
Implements : Anything for a farm.
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Very reliable. We have a dairy farm and the machine needs to go twice a day every day. Always starts unaided down to -20F. Over 7000 hours on the machine with virtually no problems except normal maintenance and what i will discuss in weaknesses. Very capable machine for its size. Its been abused and the oil has been changed about every 450 hours, so little maintenance has been done on the machine, and we plan to run her to 10,000 hours, because it runs and drives like new yet. We had an older 773 before this machine, and we ran that to 7000 hours with no problems. I cant say enough good about this machine, the air conditioner still works, the heater is very hot, and the interior is still in decent condition.
Weaknesses I'm getting tired of the standard Bobcat hand/foot controls. When you drive one for over 1000 hrs a year, it starts to get old. I would like to get sjc (joystick) controls on the next machine, but i know they would never be as reliable as our current machine. I might just keep this current machine for a backup for when the sjc breaks down. The controls I have been the most impressed with are Takeuchi. They don't make wheel skid steers, which would lead me to consider looking at Mustang and Gehl for the next skid steer, because they have ISO style completely mechanical low effort joystick controls like Takeuchi, which should be most reliable. The only problem with this s185 was that we cracked 2 heads on it from overheating. The first was replaced under warranty, and the second we had to pay $2500 for. I suspect this was some kind of fluke, because we never have problems with kubota engines. Also frequent cleaning of the radiators needs to be done when working in dusty conditions.
Overall I would recommend this machine to anyone, although case, mustang, gehl, deere, and cat are all worth looking into.
Parts : 10 Performance : 10
Ease of Use : 10 Financing : 10
Reliability : 10 Overall : 10