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Back in the day, nothing was cooler than the Terminator tanks from the future.  They rolled over the battlefield crushing humans and playground equipment (and whatever else found itself before the might of their tracked badness).  Now you can drive one around your yard — sort of.  Yeah, we know it’s supposed to be for Earthworks and construction, but admit it: You want to drive the Dingo.

Is that some kind of sexual reference?

For those of you who want to do something useful with the Dingo, you’ll want to know that it features a dual track design and a hydraulic arm that can help with all manner of tasks that involve scooping and/or lifting.  The unit can be fixed with a ride behind platform to eliminate walking – because who wants to walk behind their tank utility loader.  It boasts a gross weight of 1880 lbs. and an operating weight capacity of 500 lbs. as well as a tipping capacity of 1530 lbs. and a top bucket height of 66 inches.

What does this all mean? It means two of these things could tip over your buddy’s truck. 

Sadly, there are no guns or rockets.  So much for blowing things up.  Then again, anything with tracks that looks this cool simply cannot be bad.  They ought to put a label on the side that reads: Warning: “Extreme Guy Toy.  Stand Clear.”

Normally we would give you a Froogle price search to check out, but buying one of these is a bit more like buying a car, so pricing may vary.  Expect to shell out a couple grand.  

Dingo TX 420 Utlility Loader [Toro]

 

5 Responses to Finds: The “Dingo” Utlility Loader

  1. Myself says:

    “Extreme Guy Toy” also includes things like remote-controlled soil compactors: http://www.stone-equip.com/index.html?screen=bulldog_trench_roller

    Take that down to the local r/c model park and kick some ass. If you can catch anything with it…

  2. Eli says:

    It’s worth the whole rental price of a Bobcat just to flip it over and self-right again a few times. Make sure your seatbelt is real tight……….. The Dingo isn’t really all that unique, there are a bunch of other skid steers on the market, with all kinds of attachments (augers, plows, etc.). They are the great grandchildren of my dad’s Gravely.

  3. Dave says:

    I used the dingo on a steep hill which I had three contractors say they would not do with there bobcats. It worked well in this case and was cheap to rent $218 for a weekend at Sunbelt rentals. The only grip is it didn’t have enough power to cut into some soild clay soil.

  4. Don says:

    I use these for trenching every now and then becaues the dozer attachment makes for really easy backfilling. I love the look of a fully loaded custom trailer with all the attachments surrounding the machine.

  5. Kelley Nelson says:

    I rented a Dingo to bore post holes for my fence project – 42 of them. It turned a 9 inch auger bit through clay without breaking a sweat. Lemon-sized rocks were unceremoniously spit out of the hole and it blazed right through 2-inch tree roots. (Though sometimes the roots would deflect the bit to one side.)

    This job would have taken two days of back-breaking work with the usual 2-man hand-held auger. With the Dingo I finished all the holes in less than a day, including the time I took to measure between each hole. I probably could have done all the holes in 5 hours if I had all of the locations perfectly pre-marked.

    I had a couple holes in a hard-to-reach location behind my shed, but the Dingo is only ~33 inches wide, so I was able to avoid hand-digging those holes because I could squeeze the machine in there 🙂

    I used the bucket and forks to move materials around the job and it did well at that too, but the lift capacity is only 500lbs. That sounds like a lot, but it’s only 6 80lb bags of cement. It’s not much different than compact utility tractor capacities though, in a much smaller footprint.

    I wish I could have kept it, but it was only a rental 🙁

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