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 12-18-2004, 06:27 Post: 102469
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I'm new to this forum. I'm thinking of buying an L48 Loader/Backhoe setup - will be used initially to do site work on a new house, then maybe for hire on small jobs. It is a 2002 model coming of of a a rental fleet with 650 hours. I can get it for 27k. Retails for over 40k new. It is in great condition and has been serviced regularly due to it's rental status. Based on all the research I did this seems like a fair deal. I'd welcome any feedback.
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 12-18-2004, 07:19 Post: 102471
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Depending on the rental yard I often throw caution to buyers of rental equipemnt although it sometimes might be in better shape then from an adusive owner. They are a great machine and work very well. I do hope you have the time to do the whole job quickly enough as to excavate a basement depending on the size needed could be done quite quickly with a large excavator and a dozer in a day for a small investment. After that is done the need for a large machine is not so great.






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 12-18-2004, 11:14 Post: 102478
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I agree with Art on the rental issue. Usually they are very well maintained by the yard but how they are used when rented can be very abusive. We bought a 48, but I cant remember the year and there were loader problems.






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 12-18-2004, 11:19 Post: 102479
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The tractor made in Japan was fine but the loader was US and very poor hydraulic design. So bad I still have phone number for a Kubota engineer in my wallet. When the loader is in float, the bucket has no roll out power, not even enough to pick up the floating boom. A real pain when trying to backdrag and adjust the angle. They tried several times to fix it and never succeeded. I know newer 48 had a different looking valve so they may have fixed it.






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 12-20-2004, 07:31 Post: 102586
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There were some issues on the valve when first introduced the L-48 and they were quick to give us options on how to fix them. It really depended on the use and desired type of use as to the remedy.






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 12-20-2004, 08:00 Post: 102588
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I have to agree with "it depends on the rental yard".. I went and looked at a 48 in Rhode Island,,, It was an 03 model and looked worse than the 65 Ford 5000 I got rid of... The Ford 5K had about 8 owners in its lifetime and was beat beyond any usefull purpose.. The 48 I looked at was a hundred times worse than the old Ford. For all practical purpose, that dealer who took it on trade will probably use it for parts, To rebuild all that was wrong, would be cheaper to buy a new one... I am sure this is not the norm, or at least I hope it is not., Most rental yards should do, nad maintain their fleets a lot better than what I looked at..






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 12-20-2004, 20:31 Post: 102638
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Do you recall if the 2002 model had the same problem, or was it fixed in that model year? Is there a way to find out? Thanks.






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 12-20-2004, 20:39 Post: 102639
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I would assume you will try the machine before plunking down some green for the orange. Just pop the boom into float and roll the bucket out. if it lifts the boom up, there isn't a problem. If it pulses or goes very slowly, it is a problem. that is the only complaint I had for a great, powerful machine. It has about 500 hours now and only had PTO fail. ???? Quick fix but cost a coulple hundred.






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 12-20-2004, 22:57 Post: 102644
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The 2002 L48 has a self leveling bucket so you don't dump dirt on your head, BUT, it self levels when you try to back drag too. That is when it's a pain in the A double S. Other then that it's a great,tough,powerfull machine.






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 12-21-2004, 07:27 Post: 102650
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I'd like to thank everyone for their advice. If I end up buying the tractor, I'll let you know how it turned out.






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