So, I have been having a MAJOR issue with clearing and maintaining several hundred square miles of forest lands that are not property maintained by any county or the state, so my safety and well being depends on ME being able to protect my lands by maintaining those lands around me! I have been doing this with a 5 ton Caterpillar with dozer blade and gang winches, BUT for all the goodness of that 5 ton, it is S-L-O-W and uses a lot of fuel while only being able to travel short distances! These issues have been stacking up against me, and have exposed the weakness in my "Plans" so I needed to make a major change! Here is my solution! A 2010 Cat grapple skidder with gang winches and onboard HVAC with smoke filtration system! Came with two full sets of brand new tire chains and a second convertible dozer blade with top rake that can be flipped! Only mods I have planned for this is a quick mount snow pusher blade that can slip on the existing blade so I would also have winter time snow clearance, and I will be adding some external tool boxes for things like chains and chain saws and fuel, and I want to install a bunch of high outpit L.E.D. lights all over to make night operations a lot easier and safer! This Skidder will in fact eliminate TWO rigs, though I will never get rid of the 5 ton dozer, my Tucker Sno-Cat is now unneeded and will be up for sale soon ( I gotta pay my self back for this Skidder) I'm excited to get a good jump on the fire season ahead and I think this is the best solution I have available! Cant wait to get to work and see just how good this will run! Nice thing is its a Gear Driven and not hydro drive, so I get a big jump in road speed, it will do about 35 MPH flat out!! Had it delivered last week and have started in on the mods, have a bunch of lights on the way and various parts and I have a guy up in the north country that does SnoCats and he says he can fab a snow blade for this at a reasonable price! So far, so good!