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Bobcat 743 Review



Overall Rating:
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 4.60
Build Quality:
5
Features:
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3
Performance:
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5
Value:
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5
Reliability:
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5


Bobcat 743 is Great, Simple Machine Posted by Glen Wiley on 07/25/2012

The 743DS was my first tractor, bought it used for $6,000 at 1750 hours and it came with a snow plow, dirt bucket (smooth edged), pallet forks.

I added a stump bucket and a hydraulic grapple, box blade, trailer hitch receiver to my set of implements.

Some of the stuff I have used it for:

- tree uprooting and removal (using stump bucket to break roots)
- firewood log handling (grapple)
- raw land grading (box blade)
- excavated 500 ft of driveway
- barn construction (large auger for poles)
- building destruction

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- The air filled tires are a weak point. Have had to reset them on the rim after running with low air.

- The 36HP engine delivers enough power to get plenty of work done. I was amazed at how much I could handle with such a small machine.

- The size is perfect for selective work thinning trees in a woods lot. It can squeeze through the trees without damaging the ones I need to leave.

- At under 5,000lbs it is easy to haul with a pickup.

- The machine sips fuel - very low fuel use.

- Auxiliary hydraulics, at 11gpm, are sufficient to run large auger and the grapple that I use with no difficulty.

- Parts are cheap and the Bobcat dealer is always helpful in spite of the fact that I do all my own repairs.

ITEM INFORMATION
Model year: 1986 Date Purchased: 06/01/2010 Number of Hours: 1900
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Pros: Power/weight ratio; ease of repairs. Cons: Age. Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 Acres Location: United States Virginia I also considered buying:
REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
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