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Old 08-20-2019, 10:22 PM   #1
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I just pulled the trigger and bought a mini excavator today. Cat is running a promotion on their 4 ton outfits. In the past I’ve either hired excavation out or rented s mini ex. Lately the excavators have been too busy to schedule in major jobs let alone small couple hour jobs. So I’ve been renting for the past month. That has proved to be a pain with floating the machine 1/2-3/4 an hour each way plus the rental fee I figured it’d be better off to own the machine.
So I’m just wondering how many other guys have considered buying their own mini?
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Old 08-21-2019, 12:51 AM   #2
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I bought a Yanmar mini ex a couple of years ago and love it. Brand new was 27k or $400a month, cheap considering you can back a van up to it and be digging within an hour.
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I just pulled the trigger and bought a mini excavator today. Cat is running a promotion on their 4 ton outfits. In the past Iíve either hired excavation out or rented s mini ex. Lately the excavators have been too busy to schedule in major jobs let alone small couple hour jobs. So Iíve been renting for the past month. That has proved to be a pain with floating the machine 1/2-3/4 an hour each way plus the rental fee I figured itíd be better off to own the machine.
So Iím just wondering how many other guys have considered buying their own mini?
I bought a mini backhoe called a terramite,I would rather had a mini ex but you canít backfill a ditch with stone with a mini ex,plus my little terramite doesnít tear up peopleís yards like a big backhoe or mini ex,I went to an auction last sat and they had a John Deere 110 backhoe they were selling it is 43 hp and just big enough to do a bigger job and still do the smaller ones,it started out at $22,000.00 bucks and sold for $26,000.00 way to rich for my blood,but it was a good machine
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I bought a mini backhoe called a terramite,I would rather had a mini ex but you canít backfill a ditch with stone with a mini ex,plus my little terramite doesnít tear up peopleís yards like a big backhoe or mini ex,I went to an auction last sat and they had a John Deere 110 backhoe they were selling it is 43 hp and just big enough to do a bigger job and still do the smaller ones,it started out at $22,000.00 bucks and sold for $26,000.00 way to rich for my blood,but it was a good machine

why cant you backfill a ditch with stone if your using a mini???
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why cant you backfill a ditch with stone if your using a mini???
The obvious reason being they donít have a front bucket,you canít use the digging bucket on a excavator to backfill a ditch now if you can use the dirt that came out of the ditch you can cover the ditch with a mini ex but if you have to put stone around a pipe you are **** out of luck
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I bought a mini backhoe called a terramite,I would rather had a mini ex but you canít backfill a ditch with stone with a mini ex,plus my little terramite doesnít tear up peopleís yards like a big backhoe or mini ex,I went to an auction last sat and they had a John Deere 110 backhoe they were selling it is 43 hp and just big enough to do a bigger job and still do the smaller ones,it started out at $22,000.00 bucks and sold for $26,000.00 way to rich for my blood,but it was a good machine
Those John Deere 110 where really great units, rebadge Yanmars. Too bad they don't make them anymore way better than the Kubota options (B26, 39).

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The obvious reason being they donít have a front bucket,you canít use the digging bucket on a excavator to backfill a ditch now if you can use the dirt that came out of the ditch you can cover the ditch with a mini ex but if you have to put stone around a pipe you are **** out of luck
then you dont know how to use a mini excavator...you sure can use that digging bucket to grab gravel from a pile and backfill, it may not be as easy as a front bucket but more than doable.., I have a full size backhoe and use the digging end to backfill , you actually have more control on where the stone or dirt goes because you have a smaller bucket..
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Those John Deere 110 where really great units, rebadge Yanmars. Too bad they don't make them anymore way better than the Kubota options (B26, 39).

Is Terramite still in business?
Yes,they are still operating,but they were bought out by some over seas company couple yrs ago,but they are still making machines
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then you dont know how to use a mini excavator...you sure can use that digging bucket to grab gravel from a pile and backfill, it may not be as easy as a front bucket but more than doable.., I have a full size backhoe and use the digging end to backfill , you actually have more control on where the stone or dirt goes because you have a smaller bucket..
Hell im talking about your stone being far away from the ditch,most times you canít dump right in someoneís yard,yea you can get a Little Rock in the little backhoe bucket but it about like backfilling a 3ft ditch with a teaspoon
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Hell im talking about your stone being far away from the ditch,most times you canít dump right in someoneís yard,yea you can get a Little Rock in the little backhoe bucket but it about like backfilling a 3ft ditch with a teaspoon
then instead of a mini ex, get a 4 x 4 mini tractor with a bucket and backhoe...new holland has many sizes and probably cheaper than a mini ex and more uses as you have all the 3 point equipment and skid steer front connectors for all skid steer equipment...
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