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Mini Excavator Need Help

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:54 pm
by Halfapint
So I will hopefully be in the market for some sort of mini excavator coming soon. I think a mini excavator fits my needs better (than say a small light duty tractor) because they are much narrower and I'll probably be using the backhoe (or whatever they are called when on the front) the most. Bucket would ideally come with a thumb or be able to have one added without retrofitting the entire arm. 6' reach would be a minimum, 8'+ would be ideal. A blade is a must as well, I'll be using it to clear overgrown paths, and leveling areas for pasture/mini home site. I know mini excavators come with small blades on the front.

What are some brands/models that people know of. I've found the Bobcat 325 seems to be about the ideal size for what I'm looking for. However with the Bobcat name comes the bobcat price. I'm looking to buy used as well to cut the pain of such a purchase down. I'm mechanically inclined so working on my own stuff doesn't bother me (in fact I am actually kind of excited to work on one to learn how they work better).

What say you? Do you have a brand that I should look into? Any insight into what I should look out for?

Re: Mini Excavator

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:30 pm
by SRO1911
I am a fan of Terex, unlike bobcat or John deer - they are designed by people who actually work on things. All equipment requires routine maintenance and repairs, Terex expects this and makes the things you need to be accessible, accessible.
I've ran the tc35 and tc37 though they may be bigger than your ideal. I've briefly ran an HR as well, do nt remember the model.

Re: Mini Excavator

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:44 pm
by Halfapint
SRO1911 wrote:I am a fan of Terex, unlike bobcat or John deer - they are designed by people who actually work on things. All equipment requires routine maintenance and repairs, Terex expects this and makes the things you need to be accessible, accessible.
I've ran the tc35 and tc37 though they may be bigger than your ideal. I've briefly ran an HR as well, do nt remember the model.
Please excuse my ignorance.... But what brand is HR? Thanks I'll look into Terex! I found

I've been looking so far at Yanmar Vi055 or the smaller Vi020. The 20 might be to small.

Re: Mini Excavator

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:56 pm
by Halfapint
Also does anyone know of any sites that you can look up used farm equipment? I think that's what I need more, everything I'm looking at is "give us your email and we'll send you a quote!"

I don't want a ton of spam or emails every day for the rest of my life.

Re: Mini Excavator Need Help

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:09 am
by 50 Mission Cap

Re: Mini Excavator Need Help

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:15 am
by Mrselfdestruct
I know you said excavator, but my work let me get a Bx25, from Kubota. 100hrs later, we still love the damn thing.
If you have 52 inches, you can slip it through, pads for backhoeextend a couple inches past tires, track measurement is a little thin.

Re: Mini Excavator Need Help

Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 3:44 pm
by ArmySGT.
Don't buy one..... Just rent one when you really need it. Spend the money on a good trailer and truck for hauling. A lot of money is saved in the maintenance and downtime just renting. Having a rental forces you to have a plan and commit time to a job too.

Re: Mini Excavator Need Help

Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 4:26 pm
by Halfapint
ArmySGT. wrote:Don't buy one..... Just rent one when you really need it. Spend the money on a good trailer and truck for hauling. A lot of money is saved in the maintenance and downtime just renting. Having a rental forces you to have a plan and commit time to a job too.
I keep thinking of renting, problem is right now I have about 3-4 weeks worth of work to rent it. At that price (local price usually runs a $1500 per week, I'm looking at $1500 or more to rent. for that price I've actually found some that have lowish miles and would work great for me. I have a 2 trucks an 86 f150 with the inline 6 and 4speed It's the farm truck that has been beat to absolute hell. I also have an 08 F350 Super Duty. I'm working on getting a trailer right now actually so we'll see how that goes. but as of right now renting isn't really economical. that just clearing brush, digging a septic pit, clearing a drain field, clearing stumps out, leveling land, etc. I'd love to be able to dedicate week+ at a time but my work schedule is hectic and often I get 1 day a week to work on the property.

I may just start small, get something cheap I found one locally that was $2500, but by the time I got down there, it was getting loaded up and was off. So I'll keep an eye out.

Re: Mini Excavator Need Help

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:15 am
by tony d tiger
Check with local equipment rentals like United, Sunbelt etc for used sales. You can find low hours deals.