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Hey guys I've currently got a little Case 1840. Its not a big machine but probably big enough for me since all I use it for is to build an mx track to screw around on. Anyway I've recently come across a guy who's got a Bobcat 943. I don't have much experience with Bobcat's so I was wondering what your opinions were if any on the 943?
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Here are the specs- http://bobcat.com/historical_specs/skid_steer/943_1985

I've never used that model, but if it is like the others I have used, it ought to be pretty good. The extra power (almost double) would probably come in handy building a track.

We have a 1840 at work, and I really like it. I prefer the hand controls vs foot pedals for the loader controls. Although, the pedals do help keep your feet warm in the winter, since they keep moving.

Is the Bobcat older than your Case? Might be a factor. Look it over good and see how hard maintenance is over the Case.

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Yeah the foot controls are the only thing that I really don't care for but they're not a deal breaker. The machines are both about the same age (mid 90's). The guy told me that a new motor (100hp) as well as hydraulic pump have been installed in it. I think my motor is at most a 54hp and my bucket is only a 1/2 yd. w/ no teeth, so the 100hp motor, 1 1/4 yd. bucket with teeth I think would be a HUGE improvement.
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Sounds like it ought to worth grabbing up. :Thumbup:

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Thanks guys, good thing is that he wants to do a straight trade cause all he's got is a gasser and says it doesn't really like pullin a 9k lb. machine.
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Wow! Can't beat an even trade for twice the power.

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Yea you will find that the bigger machine will break up the hard packed dirt much easier. Most of my customers have had some good luck with the Bobcats. My Case customers seem to have alot of hydraulic leak problems.. JJ
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I've had a 953 which is almost the same machine. I'm thinking the 943 had less horsepower than the 53 but not sure. It was a good machine I used everyday. I did turn the fuel up some and it made quite a horse out of it. With tracks on the tires and the extra fuel I could load trucks as fast as a 955k loader. Tires are a little higher to buy as they are 14-17.5. If it needs tires look for a recapper and get some bandag motorgrader caps. Best tire money can buy, I just got two new s-220's and took the tires off and put new caps on.
If you are used to skid loaders feel if there is any difference in the vibration between the two driving levers. It will let you know if one hydrostat has more wear than the other. Good luck
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