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bassman215

bassman215

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Yes we bought the DW 650 last night.
another factor was the DW is twice as fast in reverse then the vermeer
Good to know.

I agree that I really didn't like the little release on the aux hydraulics on the DW either. If a guy is using the branch manager on the DW is this even used or does the main joystick side to side control opening and closing of the BMG?

I guess I am going to go back by the dealerships maybe today and play around a little more. Neither dealer had any kind of attachment in stock that would allow us to pickup logs to demo so I am waiting til next week when they each said they would get a grapple bucket in.

Our work areas are very flat and the ground is typically pretty solid most the time. My understanding about turf impact with DW is that if u are running turf tracks and watch the sharp turns then impact to most lawns is relatively low? Am I missing something. The point of buying one of these is to drag brush logs and that is going to happen on lawns most everyday.
 
Pelorus

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I went from narrow aggressive DW tracks to wide (also aggressive) aftermarket tracks. When the machine is transporting weight, ie. a log, even going in a straight line on a single pass leaves a very visible imprint. Unless the lawn has the consistency of pavement.

I remember reading a post about the DW turf tracks being more savage than the ones Toro has. I'd love to get a set of tracks that are as smooth as a banana peel cause traction isn't an issue when moving wood on fairly level ground.
 
arbor pro

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That sounds good. This guy told me he paid 23 or 24 for it. I wasnt sure what they sell for I just wanted to drive it to see how the controlls were.
Yeh, brand new one without tax and shipping is $19,500. with tax and delivery around $21k. You can find a demo with less than 100 hours for around $18k. There's one in Amarillo with 700 hours for around $13k if anyone's looking. Also one with 1500 hours for $8900 in raleigh. Bet you could get it for $8k. that one might need some undercarriage repairs though - rollers, sprockets, etc. could add up. I just put $5k into the undercarriage of my sk650 as well as pins/bushings, other wear items.
 
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