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Hey guys,I'm new to the forum and I'm looking for advice on a skidder.I operate a small logging business in VA.I use a John Deere 440a skidder and its too small and I'm having lots breakdowns.I looked at a 230 Timberjack with the Allison trans.I think its a 1979.Is this a good reliable skidder?Any help would be appreciated.
The 440 is a good machine.Mine is a 440a which alot of parts are discontinued for the A.I just need a bigger machine.The tj 230 I found has eaton written all over it,grill,axles,winch.Some told me that this was a heavier 230,but I don't know much about tj.I do know that its alot bigger machine with more hp.440-45hp and 230-99hp thats a big difference.Also what is a 230 super E? The guy is asking $12000 for the 230 I looked at,doesn't look like its been run much.The hour meter only says 884 which sounds awful low for a 79.Is this a good price?
tj breaks are very simple, single master cyl, 1 line, spring, small wheel cyl and 2 shoes most people dont know how to adjust them, the biggest sulprit on a jack is the transfercase developes a leak and the oil leaks on the drum and dont work, mine leaks, i just on a reg basis, spray break kleen in the drum and let it sit overnite and good to go the next morning, i will also tell you on a 200 series jack 208, 225 230 etc, etc, it cost about 240 $$ to replace everything in the breake system , bolts included, a final note, people forget to check the fluid level in the master cyl all the time there is a small vent hole in the top of the master cyl. when you press the pedal , fluid pisses out, why, i dont know and before you know it, the fluid is gone and no breaks, if you fill it , make sure it is clean around it!!! i seen many problems with wood chips , and crud getting in the master cyl. i have experinced all of these issues.............good luck!!!
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