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 03-31-1999, 00:00 Post: 2221
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HI everyone I have been searching for a page like this and finally found it!! I run a membership club on a lakefront. I do everything from haul docks in and out the water to mow the lawn. I want to get a machine that can handle some road maintence and help me dig drainage ditches, spread sand, install fence, etc. I have about 8.5 acres (about 4 acres is woods). I have read many of the posts and have gotten alot of info. I have about 10,000 to spend and wanted to get some informed opinions on suitable machines. I realize I`m looking at a used machine but are there certain older models to look out for (ie kubota w/3# model #). It seems to be hard to find a used machine with backhoe and loader, should I keep looking or is it worthwhile to get an aftermarket hoe (w/subframe). I realize that many of you have answered these question before so I appreciate everyone`s time. Thanks in advance. Paul






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Yep, you are definately in the used market. I'd recommend something in the 25 - 30 hp range as it sounds like you will be using it for pretty much everything. Be careful, but not afraid, of one with a loader and backhoe on a Dealer's lot. If a contractor owened it, there may be a reason he got rid of it. Such reasons generally involve reliability, etc. Ask about why it is there.Aftermarket hoes are OK, provided you size one correctly and get a good brand. Woods and Arps come to mind. If you get a used hoe, make sure it is not leaking around the seals on the cylinders. Good 2nd hand hoes can be found by home owners and the like. Lee






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