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Buying the right piece of equipment can be tricky and time-consuming. Trying to find the right machine, specifically a Bobcat Skid Steer Loader in the right price range in the right place can take research, experience, and exploration. Here at Ciano Development, we are here to assist you throughout your entire Bobcat Skid Steer Loader purchase, as well as to give you tips on what to look out for when purchasing.


Here Are 7 Things to Look for When Buying a Bobcat Skid Steer 

During your inspection of the machinery, it is important to take a full look at the Bobcat before you sign the check and purchase it. Here are our best tips for making sure you are getting the machine of your dreams:



Conducting a proper inspection is key before making a purchase and the degree to which you should inspect does vary based on the age and model of the skid steer.  For newer Bobcat skid steer machines, a routine inspection should be sufficient in order to make a good assessment of the machine. This assessment should include looking at the condition of the tires, condition of the hoses, and belts as well as looking for any signs of damage on the machine including unusual wear and tear that shouldn’t be there. For older skid steers with more miles, in addition to a basic inspection, you should also look at oil and hydraulic fluid samples to check for any contaminants or system problems.


Scrapes and Scuffs:

Chipping paint as we all as rust are a red flag in terms of wear and tear, if the rust is bad and looks to be gone without repair, rethink your decision unless the owner is willing to make a repair.



When looking at a skid steer, ask to see the maintenance and service records. These records will show you the entire history of the machine, including every time it was serviced or needed a repair. 


Manufacturer Support:

In addition to an inspection it is critical that you make sure the manufacturer of the skid steer you are purchasing supports the model you are looking to buy. At every point in a machine’s career, they get old and the manufacturer deems them too old to run efficiently. If you buy a machine that is no longer supported you are wasting valuable time and money when it comes time to replace parts, as parts will be hard to come by.


Check Fluid Levels:

Low fluid levels, leaks, un-greased pins, and dirty air filters may indicate to contractors that the machine has an issue or has not been properly maintained over its life.


Ask Questions:

It is important to ask the seller of the machine questions, ask for an evaluation and be sure they are a reputable seller. If they cannot answer basic questions about the machinery and its history, look elsewhere.


Contact Ciano Development For All Your Bobcat Skid Steer Loader Needs Today!

Do you work in the Greater Boston area and are looking to buy or rent a Bobcat Skid Steer Loader or are looking to get one repaired? Ciano Development is the premier one-stop for everything Bobcat related in the Greater Boston area. If you are interested in our products or services please feel free to give us a call at 617-957-8005 or fill out our online contact form. Our team of industry professionals looks forward to speaking with and assisting you soon!