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ridenby

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Looking for a 90+ hp compact track loader. JD 333e seems nice. Digging bucket, root rake with grapple, forks, wanted/needed. What do you think?
 
we have a JD 326 at work and it's been very good. I enjoy running it the little I've been able to. Biggest thing is dealer support and the local JD is really good.
 
Is it for personal use or for a business?

I wouldn't get an E or G model for personal use. The emissions system is to troublesome.

We had a 333e and upgraded to a 333g last year. Pretty much same machine, but the G has DEF and a heated seat :grinpimp:
 
Why JD?

I am really not a Deere fan, almost every deere machine I've been in seems to have some sort of issue, even almost new. The biggest thing is the way they make diagnostics so complex. They really don't want you working on them.

My buddy has a Kubota skid steer and loves it, given Kubotas reputation with compact tractors, I'd be looking at those. The slide up door is a game changer.
 
Is it for personal use or for a business?

I wouldn't get an E or G model for personal use. The emissions system is to troublesome.

We had a 333e and upgraded to a 333g last year. Pretty much same machine, but the G has DEF and a heated seat :grinpimp:

G series has a different boom design to increase visibility out the sides of the cab down at your tracks. They are an animal. I use one around every other weekend pulling tree out of fields with a danuser terminator tree puller. Then I’ll come back with our rock root grapple and move the piles I built off into the edge of the woods line to make habitat refuge for rabbits and quails we have.

everyone has to use def in 80 plus hp machines built now. Regen run time is required for exhaust filters (mufflers) to burn out the built up soot. You much let your machine go through this process or you’ll end up replacing your exhaust filter sooner then needed. This is with pretty much all interim tier 4 and tier 4 emissions compliant Diesel engines.

Like I said the 333G is an animal and can lift an insane amount of weight.

depending on your operator preference for controls, Deere had option configurations available. Standard is ISO and if the unit has the performance package, it’ll have H (case) pattern available by pushing a bottom. Some units have three way controls in them. ISO, H and foot pedal. Earlier this year Deere dropped the foot pedal option and it’s going by the way of the dodo bird in the industry.
 
Why JD?

I am really not a Deere fan, almost every deere machine I've been in seems to have some sort of issue, even almost new. The biggest thing is the way they make diagnostics so complex. They really don't want you working on them.

My buddy has a Kubota skid steer and loves it, given Kubotas reputation with compact tractors, I'd be looking at those. The slide up door is a game changer.

Kubota has their own issues also. Lots of engine failures due to a poor emissions system design. Their EGR system helps the engine melt down due to too much exhaust heat.

the roll up garage door for cab units is nice... when they’re new. After the rough riding tracks vibrate the cab over time the door rollers and tracks will start beating themselves apart causing it to be difficult to open the door and or worse fall in on you. Other issue is the front door design isn’t a pressurized cab for the HVAC system. This means the AC system will suck in dusty dirt into the cab because it’s not sealed tight.

the largest kubota CTL (compact track loader) is equivalent to the Deere 331G.
 
Neighbor has a 333d series. Seems to like it. Though I noticed the engine side panels are off for some reason.

o have a 317g. Like it. Wish it was 2-speed and had quick tach, but otherwise have zero complaints.

Much happier with the Deere than the bobcat I had previously.
 
Neighbor has a 333d series. Seems to like it. Though I noticed the engine side panels are off for some reason.

o have a 317g. Like it. Wish it was 2-speed and had quick tach, but otherwise have zero complaints.

Much happier with the Deere than the bobcat I had previously.

Bobcat doesn't set the bar very high :flipoff2:​​​​​​

I'm not sure why they are still so popular, maybe just because they basically invented the skid steer and just have a blind following. They're terrible to operate and from the people I know who own them, are not very reliable either.

I haven't spent almost any time in a Deere skid steer. In fact last week was the first time I had even been up close to one. We have a 313 on rent at work with a sweeper on it. The only thing I can say about it is that the main arms seem to be in the worst spot for viability, and it seems excessively loud inside for being enclosed and new. It is a rental though, so you never know.

I will say, I really wanted to like taco hoochis as I've heard they're pretty reliable and easy to work on. I was excited to try out the tl8 we had on another job. After spending a few hours in it, I seriously wanted out. You could not turn on pavement without the thing bucking and hopping like crazy. The joysticks are way to sensitive and just feel like shit. The throttle knob only gives it like 80% throttle so you have to use the pedal for 100%, which is at an impossible angle for any regular human with feet. Top it all off with the fact that the hydro quick connects are like 18" higher up the arms than any other machine, so any attachment won't work. :rolleyes:

Not that anyone asked, just apparently felt like ranting about skid steers :homer:
 
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