That is a good looking rig, the only thing that I would be worried with would be that I would demolish that tail wheel in the kind of stuff that I plan on putting mine in.
Correct, under 75 hp no DPF or DEF. In my area (Western CO), for $20k I can get mid-sized wheeled machines with between 900 and 2500 hours. For $30k, I can get a low hours (e.g., 500 hrs) machine w/ a cab and heat/ac. All these machines are 10-20 years old. I'm torn, b/c although the machines have relatively low hours, they are older and seals, hoses, etc. start to wear out. I've been using equipmenttrader.com, machinerytrader.com, craig's list and facebook market place to do my searching. Good skid steers move fast around here.Thanks for all of your input, I am retiring at the end of the month and have been looking at auctions and realized it's probably going to run me somewhere between 30 and 50k to get a solid used tracked skid steer with an enclosed cab and hi-flow option, I would prefer a John Deere or a Caterpillar because of local dealer network within 10 miles of me, also if I understand it right if I stay with a machine under 75 hp it won't have DEF fluid which is a big plus to me and while I realize they will probably have some sort of emission BS, particulate filter etc it shouldn't be as bad as the 100 hp rigs with full blown emissions. One thing I have realized is they are expensive, you can buy a used backhoe and a small tracked digger for less than a skid steer, but they seem to be very versatile, again I appreciate all the information that you gave, it should help me make a more informed decision. Charlie.