Howdy fellow framers…. I’m finally getting serious about purchasing an RTFL. My old boss always had Cat machines, a TH63 and then a TH103. I’m currently renting a LULL, but I don’t recall the model number offhand. I like both brands of machines… they both have their strong points and weak points. I’ve been doing a lot of research on the web, looking at used and reconditioned machines. It’s all very confusing and of course, everyone swears that their machine is the best. I recently read that Tim Uhler (who I am hoping stops by here) bought his IR for like $40,000, but I’m looking at what I believe are comparable Cat machines USED for around $60,000? What’s up with that?
Anway, I guess what I’m asking is, what machines do you or have you owned? What do you like and dislike about them? How have their service records held up? What to expect for monthly maintenance $? Do I need a 6000lb, 8,000 lb, or 10,000 lb machine? I don’t work with trusses very often at all, will be used mainly for lifting stock. Probably heaviest use it will see is a lift of shingles (44bundles) or a lift of 3/4 sheathing and I honestly don’t have any idea what either item actually weighs. I’ll take any and all information you have regarding your jobsite fork lifts….
Thanks in advance,