If memory serves me correctly..tires last about 250 hrs as long as nothing damages them first, that is about 1000.00, tracks about 4-500 hrs depending on terrain and pilot experience.. those are in the $2,000 range. Bucket edges wear quickly on asphalt if moving snow. Figure 200.00 ea. Filters, oil, general maintenance etc add to that expense. .. and then there is the unexpected break downs.For the sake of argument, what kind of spendy maintenance would a new skid steer need? Busted implements? New tires/tracks every 300hrs?
For one thing, the abuse factor would probably be off the charts. It's not mine so who cares how I operate it? Bent hydraulic piston rods, overheated hydraulic system, etc. all result in high dollar repairs. I'm a retired heavy truck and equipment mechanic and I could write a book on tearing up equipment. I've known guys who could find a way to break an anvil. And a dealership won't warranty a component if they determine it failed due to abuse.For the sake of argument, what kind of spendy maintenance would a new skid steer need? Busted implements? New tires/tracks every 300hrs?