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Not "vintage" but getting close-Bobcat 742

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Old 05-30-2016, 09:19:50 PM
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Default Not "vintage" but getting close-Bobcat 742

I just bought the subject machine, and don't know much about it or skid steers in general. Shows 3300 hours, but the little Ford engine runs very well, and the important functions seem to work, i.e it goes forward and backward, the boom and bucket cylinders do what they are supposed to and it makes no scary or unusual noises.

I would appreciate some guidance from those with expertise- along the lines of "be sure to check XXX and YYY, so you don't end up spending a fortune to fix ZZZ" and so on. Thanks.
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Default Re: Not "vintage" but getting close-Bobcat 742

I had a 732 with a Ford KSG motor, my first skid steer. It is basically a governed English Escort motor. If you source parts that way, it cost about 1/3 the cost of same part sourced as Ford Industrial.

Change hydraulic fluid, filters, check that the oil in the chain trough is not full of water. I think there is a U joint between the motor and pump that should be greased, but is almost impossible to get to.

A agile little tractor for light to medium work. Sold mine running 15 years ago to a guy who uses it as an "estate machine", when I went to diesel. It is still running, but was getting a little tired for regular commercial work.
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Default Re: Not "vintage" but getting close-Bobcat 742

Thanks. I'm not planning on going into business, but if that accidentally happens, this machine won't have to do much to pay for itself. I bought it for about the same cost as
fitting a loader to my small New Holland tractor. I think the Bobcat will be better at doing "loader things" than the NH would have been.
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