I'm thinking about getting a skid steer of some sort for home use. I'm not a contractor, I'm just going to use it around 100 acres of property for working on my trails, making new ones, getting firewood, snow removal, ect. I might average 150 - 200 hours a year on it.
I definitely want tracks for it. HP size I'm not sure yet. Probably 50+. I ran across a 2005, ASV RC100. The price seems good, it appears to be in good shape with about 2,000 hours on it. It has the heated/AC cab with it, hi and low flow hydraulics and it may have the quick change mounting system so you don't have to get out of the cab to connect attachments.
My questions are:
Anyone have experience with an ASV and how well they hold up maintenance wise?
Are there any common problems with them?
I am curious about their track system. How well does that whole assembly hold up with the tracks, all of the idler wheels, and undercarriage? Is it alot of maintenance and repair work?
Comparing the tracked ASV to a standard skid steer that has tires does one system have less maintenance?
Do these ASV's or a skid steer with tracks go through muddy/semi swampy areas well?
Do tracks get good traction for plowing snow compared to tires?
I've considered a standard skid steer with the tires and then getting the removable tracks too, but at the moment this ASV appears to be alot of bang for my buck so I'm exploring this option first.