Bobcat telehandlers

Massey mad

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Anyone had one on demo or got a newish one? We bought a new bobcat skidsteer last year off AMS and are very impressed with reliability and service. We are now in the market for a telehandler and would really like to give them a try if the reliability of the skidsteer is anything to go by. Thanks
 
Anyone had one on demo or got a newish one? We bought a new bobcat skidsteer last year off AMS and are very impressed with reliability and service. We are now in the market for a telehandler and would really like to give them a try if the reliability of the skidsteer is anything to go by. Thanks
Search on here for Massey telehandler I think there are a few new models about on here and seem well thought of.
 

Farma Parma

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Arable Farmer
Location
Northumberlandia
Id assume there ok but not many about, priced the latest massey clone & yeesshh its a lot of money.
like a lot more £££ over similar Best selling yellow uk brand.
& a two shed loads more than a Merlo
 

Farma Parma

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Northumberlandia
Anyone had one on demo or got a newish one? We bought a new bobcat skidsteer last year off AMS and are very impressed with reliability and service. We are now in the market for a telehandler and would really like to give them a try if the reliability of the skidsteer is anything to go by. Thanks
Try the newest model range as the massey one looks canny if it wasnt for the big price tag & totally unknown residual a few years down the line
 

Speedstar

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Location
Scottish Borders
Anyone had one on demo or got a newish one? We bought a new bobcat skidsteer last year off AMS and are very impressed with reliability and service. We are now in the market for a telehandler and would really like to give them a try if the reliability of the skidsteer is anything to go by. Thanks
Bobcat have take a lot of JCB forklifts out in this area , they are a lot cheaper & seem to be very made , second hand price is the only ? at the moment on them
 

mtx.jag

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Location
pembs
6 newish bobcat machines local to us in last 12 months,have all replaced merlo and JCB side saddle machines and all seem to be going well
But it seems if you have a bendy JCB then you change it for another the same,a bit like the Manitou owners locally are sticking to Manitou.
If there was a bendy bobcat,would bendy jcb owners jump ship to bobcat?
 

Northdowns Martin

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Arable Farmer
Location
Snodland kent
Went to see latest machine - 8043 in MF colours having been disappointed with the old model earlier this year, new machine is vastly improved, angle of bucket tip being one. Wait to see price.
 

Runs Like a Deere

Member
Mixed Farmer
We have a 2020 model year 3060 which has now done over 1000 hrs. It replaced a merlo 32.6 that although having exceptional performance just wouldn’t stay together. The bobcat has matched the merlo in all respects performance wise with the only thing I miss being the diff lock for the pit but I still manage to get all the grass in so can’t have been that much of an advantage either.

The bobcat came with a 5 year warranty. There has been the odd minor issues with it but all sorted without any quibbles and service from dealer has been excellent, 7 days a week and out of hours cover if something does go wrong. Also on one occasion was given a replacement machine while ours was being worked on. They switched the “demo” one to have a merlo headstock like ours too so all attachments would fit.

I can’t remember the exact figures but the equivalent manitou was more expensive and didn’t come with the warranty that the bobcat did. Build quality is head and shoulders above a merlo and in my opinion better than a JCB too although we haven’t had a JCB machine for many years now but stories from friends and neighbours confirm that JCB build quality hasn’t improved since we had ours.

There are quite a few of them appearing locally here now as others have said. The warranty sold it to us to be honest as for the next five years we know exactly what it will cost us but we have been very impressed with its performance now too.
 
6 newish bobcat machines local to us in last 12 months,have all replaced merlo and JCB side saddle machines and all seem to be going well
But it seems if you have a bendy JCB then you change it for another the same,a bit like the Manitou owners locally are sticking to Manitou.
If there was a bendy bobcat,would bendy jcb owners jump ship to bobcat?
I think a lot of it is down to the finance and warranty package got offered a demo asked for a grantee buy back figure if wanted out there wasn’t one coming
The machine seemed a good pice of kit
 

Runs Like a Deere

Member
Mixed Farmer
I think a lot of it is down to the finance and warranty package got offered a demo asked for a grantee buy back figure if wanted out there wasn’t one coming
The machine seemed a good pice of kit

Would you get the same figure from JCB, manitou or Merlo dealers? I totally understand your fears but looking at it from bobcats point of view, they give you 0% finance, 5 year warranty and you want a guaranteed buy back figure too, that’s not their business if you want that then lease / hire the machine so you know the total cost over the period?

If you commit to buy something then fundamentally the risk of what’s it’s worth second hand lies with the you it’s unfair to expect someone else to foot that risk.

The other way to look at it is how much less resale can you afford absorb knowing that you have a five year warranty and will have no unforeseen bills over the period. Every single time we had someone at our old merlo to fix it the bill was always £1k+ So a few of those soon make a risk of lower residuals seem insignificant.

just my opinion obviously but something to consider when labour is so expensive these days.
 

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