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 05-28-2001, 21:31 Post: 28695
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I would like some advice on what to buy. I build homes and need a Loader / backhoe. Should I look for a used Case 580, 4x4, x-hoe, and hire transport. Or try a Kubota L2900 Loader and find a deepest backhoe attachment, look for a rake, finish mower, and a trailer to pull with my F250 SD pick-upHow much should I pay for a L2900+ Loader?Is there a better machine for me?Thanks






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 05-29-2001, 00:30 Post: 28702
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You may have already thought of this but another possibility to consider is a Bobcat with backhoe. Obviously a full sized backhoe will allow bigger jobs but as you stated it is hard to transport and maneuverabilty is poor. My opinion is that for construction work, the Bobcat is much easier to use than any tractor and of course the attachments are abundant. And if you really have the money their compact excavator is a dream. I have a Kubota L4310 and seldom use the FEL if the Bobcat is available. It takes me twice as long.






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 05-29-2001, 06:27 Post: 28703
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Take a good look at what your trying to accomplish with your business. If you are going to be digging for basements than what you are looking at is not enough. Droz mentioned skid steers, they do work good and are quite nimble compared to tractors but they won't go where a tractor will and they are expensive to run. Depending on your area it may be better to own the small machine and rent the larger units. The question you are asking is tough to answer with the limited information that has been given.






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 05-29-2001, 07:48 Post: 28707
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Lars, like Art said, really not enough information to give you a great opinion, but from what you said I think that a Kubota B21 or L35 might be perfect as long as you are not excavating basements. A B21 can get into tight places, has great capabilities for a small package, and can be towed behind your truck. I love skid-steers, but only on relatively level ground.






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 05-29-2001, 07:54 Post: 28708
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Thanks for your reply. I sometimes clear for trees, hire a excavator to strip, and dig foundation. I would spread gravel, backfill, dig utilities, move lumber, Hire a dozer final grade & topsoil and I would landscape mabe cut my lawn.
How much should I pay for a L2900 or similar?
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 05-31-2001, 09:40 Post: 28817
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Before I'd spend money on a full size backhoe, I'd consider a mini-excavator. I have 4 of them that I rent or hire out(also for sale). They're light enough to be pulled with a pickup, can dig trenches or clean ditches quickly due to fast positioning, & can fit in small places. Most have backfill blades for light grading. Everyone that has rented them , praise how well they work.






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 06-21-2001, 08:23 Post: 29478
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Leonard,

How do you grade with a excavator blade? They do not angle or bevel like a dozer blade. We have several excavators and rent many more and I believe it is a common misconception that a blade on an excavator can be used for backfilling or grading. The only reason we order blades on our excavators is for stability while excavating on slopes. If I'm missing a trick let me know.






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 06-21-2001, 08:30 Post: 29480
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I found that the smaller units are not good for filling trenches, they don't have what the larger one's have in both hydraulic power and weight to push much. When you get over a 9' machine they can backfill and do grading but as stated a dozer gives more ability to grade and shape contours into lawns.






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 06-21-2001, 08:36 Post: 29481
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Lars I would opt for a compact tractor that you could tow with you vehicle and I would look in the 40HP range. With that size tractor your options for implements will be greatly expanded espically if you would want to rent. I opted for a ATI quick connect and remote hyd on my FEL and I'm able to use any skid steer implement. Also that HP range tractor will be able to run a hoe like a Woods 9000 which will give you a comfortable 7 ft digging depth.






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I don't use them for major grading but they work for final leveling. I've used them to clean out water ways tah have filled with dirt m where you don't need a tilt. I wouldn't use them to fill a large hole, but they work fine for backfilling trenches.






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