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How many of ya all own your own backhoe or mini excavator?

I'm asking the one or two man operation.


Is this an asset or an added cost? Is it best to just call the local excavting company?
 

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I always rent mine from the rental yard. Being a small shop I have found I can't justify buying one yet because I don't need it often enough. If you are renting one more than 10 times a year it is probaly worth buying it and using the depreciation deduction on your taxes. Are you private owned or Inc.? Best advise though is to get your cost and talk to an accountant.
 

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Rent not worth buying maybe use it 3-4 times a year. Plus if it breaks down they fix it. plus rental is a full write off.
 

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It totally depends on what you do. If you do a lot of new ground work rough-ins, buy one and thank me later. If you do repair work and occasionally dig something up, rent. I've got a pretty small company and I own 2 minis but we use at least 1 of them every other day and they actually replace the shovel so they're good for moral too.
 

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I have a Case 70+4 trencher which has a backhoe on it.

Mark
 

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It totally depends on what you do. If you do a lot of new ground work rough-ins, buy one and thank me later. If you do repair work and occasionally dig something up, rent. I've got a pretty small company and I own 2 minis but we use at least 1 of them every other day and they actually replace the shovel so they're good for moral too.

Well I took the leap bought a Komatsu PC50UU and trailer.

I'm thinking that since I am so rural that this can drum up some business and now I don't have to wait for the local excatator. I did some checking and I am the only local plumber with a excavator. Might come in handy for a weekend job. The local rental companies are closed on Sat and Sun.
 

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Well I took the leap bought a Komatsu PC50UU and trailer.

I'm thinking that since I am so rural that this can drum up some business and now I don't have to wait for the local excatator. I did some checking and I am the only local plumber with a excavator. Might come in handy for a weekend job. The local rental companies are closed on Sat and Sun.
heh. Sub out to the other plumbing contractors..
 

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Good for you!!! These minis look like toys but pound for pound they are some of the best diggers there are. When I first bought one we got some grief from the builders about being lazy, now they all want to borrow one or get us to dig a little something "while we're there".
 

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Great point above on renting it to others. We have a full sized Terex that we are subcontracted out by other plumbing companies to dig their roughs out, water service, water taps and sewer services for. Market this to the fullest and you will quickly realize the gain.
For those that don't use them enough, definitely rent. Full write off and you almost always have a new peice of equipment that they service.
 
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