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scagrider22
08-23-2012, 10:22 PM
I looked at a lot of new machines and I ended up buying a Kubota U55. The dealer is putting a quick coupler and a thumb on it for me next week. I picked it up yesterday for a demo and decided to keep it. I also liked the Bobcat E50 but Kubota has 0% interest.

DVS Hardscaper
08-23-2012, 10:32 PM
looks like a nice machine :) How much does it weigh?

0% interest? No such thing. They baked the interest into the machine cost!


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KrayzKajun
08-23-2012, 10:33 PM
Sweeeet! Congrats. A mini ex is on my list for next year.
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THEGOLDPRO
08-23-2012, 10:37 PM
Nice man. congrats.

scagrider22
08-23-2012, 10:46 PM
looks like a nice machine :) How much does it weigh?

0% interest? No such thing. They baked the interest into the machine cost!


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The weight is 12,280

They might have worked the interest into the cost but it still ended up being cheaper in the end. Plus I got a pretty bit discount because another company bought it and the financing fell through, it has 35 hours on it. It was still considered a new machine with the full warranty.

scagrider22
08-23-2012, 10:56 PM
Sweeeet! Congrats. A mini ex is on my list for next year.
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If you feel like a road trip to Ohio I will make you a deal on my 331 :)

alldayrj
08-23-2012, 11:40 PM
nice man congrats. any specs on it? what will you tow it with?

4 seasons lawn&land
08-24-2012, 07:51 PM
man, they are nice! i wish mine was shiney and clean like that.

scagrider22
08-24-2012, 08:43 PM
On small jobs I will tow it with my 550 but when I'm on a bigger job that I have multiple pieces of equipment on I have a hauling company move everything at one time.
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DVS Hardscaper
08-26-2012, 12:28 AM
I just hope you don't have hard nosed
DOT enforcers where you're at like we
have here in MD!


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scagrider22
08-26-2012, 10:33 AM
I just hope you don't have hard nosed
DOT enforcers where you're at like we
have here in MD!


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Not at all, when they start pulling over all the 2500HD's that are towing 450-550 dozers then maybe I will worry about it.
I dont move my equipment very often, it is typically on a job for 1-3 weeks at a time and I have a hauling company move it around for me most of the time. It usually costs me $120-200 to move the mini, TSL, job box, buckets/forks and the harley rake.
Its saves so much time for me at the end of a job to have everything moved at once. Around here and I'm sure you have them too, we have trucking company's that specialize in hauling excavation equipment. This may be something that could save you guys time and money in the long run.

I will never have to worry about hiring a CDL driver (I have all materials delivered also, it keeps everyone working) or getting into trouble with DOT, unless they pull me over towing the mini but they are not bad around here and I don't do it often. Dot typically only picks on the tandem axles and up, Ive never seen or heard of anyone around me getting pulled over in a single axle but I'm sure it has happened, just not often.

Red Shed Landscaping
08-26-2012, 11:19 PM
Here in Iowa the DOT enforcement is pretty strict. I have been pulled over with 3500 and dump trailer which is over 26k and back in the day didn't know I needed a CDL. And just a few weeks ago got pulled over in my F800. They pull any size vehical over if it is commercial. They also get the scales out if you have any materials on board. I heard a guy just get a $900 fine for being over weight. It is just crazy.

DVS Hardscaper
08-27-2012, 08:40 AM
Here in Iowa the DOT enforcement is pretty strict. I have been pulled over with 3500 and dump trailer which is over 26k and back in the day didn't know I needed a CDL. And just a few weeks ago got pulled over in my F800. They pull any size vehical over if it is commercial. They also get the scales out if you have any materials on board. I heard a guy just get a $900 fine for being over weight. It is just crazy.

In MD the DOT focuses more on pick ups with trailers and trucks under 26000#. They don't mess with tandems and tractor trailers much because 99% of the time they're compliant. Once in a while the DOT here gets sneaky and even will work on Saturdays.

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Red Shed Landscaping
08-27-2012, 09:16 AM
They do get sneaky. I called into the block supplier and at the end of order they mentioned to me that the DOT had been sitting out front of their place for a few days and pulling people over. I have also seen them on more back roads lately and not all truck routes or highways.

alexschultz1
08-28-2012, 11:07 AM
Just got pulled over for a suspected overloaded trailer, I ended up getting tickets for having a plastic gas can, and to much tread missing from 2 tires. No problem with the load though.

scagrider22
08-28-2012, 08:06 PM
Finally got a chance to really see how much faster the U55 is over my old 331, wow I wish I would have bought it earlier in the year. Here's some photos of what I dug out today and the first couple semi loads of block.

alldayrj
08-28-2012, 10:14 PM
did you load straight into the truck with the exc? is that better than digging that with the bobcat? looks like a decent sized CTL

alexschultz1
08-28-2012, 10:17 PM
did you load straight into the truck with the exc? is that better than digging that with the bobcat? looks like a decent sized CTL

He defiantly used that skid check out how smooth the ground is

scagrider22
08-28-2012, 11:59 PM
The CTL is a Bobcat T250, I honestly didn't use it much today. I didn't haul any of the soil away, it will be used on site. The dirt is piled up behind the mini just out of the picture, all the excavation was done with the mini.

The quick coupler and thumb are being installed on Thursday, I will post a photo when I pick it up.
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AEL
09-02-2012, 05:05 PM
Nice machine. I got 400 hours on mine and i love it. I also have a kx71 with 4000 problem free hours on it. Just bought a u17, and looking at a kubota 8 tonne now too. For the small machines kubota cant be beat.What type of thumb did you go with?

scagrider22
09-02-2012, 05:19 PM
Is yours also a u55? I have not been able to find much info on this machine.

I ended up buying the kubota buckets, coupler and thumb. If I bought 2 or more buckets and a thumb from kubota they threw in the coupler for free ($800-900).
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AEL
09-03-2012, 01:19 AM
yes my machine is a u55. I have NYE 36" digging and 24" digging buckets. Machine also has a nye thumb, and a wedge coupler. I believe these machines where just introduced as 2011 models so they are fairly new.

T Scapes
09-14-2012, 10:31 PM
hows the machine been treating you ive been thinking about a kubota U55 next year im trying to get a demo next year on one of my hardscaping jobs

scagrider22
09-14-2012, 10:49 PM
It's been great, I have about a 100 hours on it now and it is much more productive than my 331 bobcat. If you want more reach and don't care about the tail swing then I would go with the o57, I went with the u55 because I need to get in tight spaces. I also liked the new bobcats but the financing was not as good.
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T Scapes
09-14-2012, 11:03 PM
It's been great, I have about a 100 hours on it now and it is much more productive than my 331 bobcat. If you want more reach and don't care about the tail swing then I would go with the o57, I went with the u55 because I need to get in tight spaces. I also liked the new bobcats but the financing was not as good.
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i like having minimal tail swing. I looked at bobcats but the dealer is just to far kubota is 10 minutes down the road

4 seasons lawn&land
09-15-2012, 11:08 AM
how does it do with the 36 digging bucket? I think Im going to get a 30" geith bucket for my 161

AEL
09-16-2012, 02:02 PM
My machine handles the 36" bucket no problem, heaped full of dirt . Love my machine , I have just over 400 hours noe
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scagrider22
09-16-2012, 02:53 PM
I didnt get a 36" yet, Im probably going to wait until spring to get it. The only buckets I have now are 24" digging and a 48" grading, the grading bucket is pretty deep and it handles it just fine.

AEL
09-16-2012, 03:28 PM
Next attachment for mine is going to be a rototilt. Same as a twist wrist plus it spins 360 degrees , has a built in quick coupler as well.
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4 seasons lawn&land
09-17-2012, 11:40 PM
what does a rotatilt go for?

AEL
09-20-2012, 08:19 AM
In the neighborhood of 10 k
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4 seasons lawn&land
09-20-2012, 08:05 PM
well i can go ahead and delete that off my list. wow. thats for a 50 size machine or a 300?

scagrider22
09-20-2012, 08:47 PM
Wow that is a crazy price for an attachment, I will take that off my wish list! How much is one that doesn't rotate?
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TomG
09-24-2012, 11:21 PM
Wow that is a crazy price for an attachment, I will take that off my wish list! How much is one that doesn't rotate?
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About 5K...

AEL
10-10-2012, 01:32 PM
That's for a 5 tonne machine, 30 tonne size is about 50k. It sounds really expensive but with all the attachments it makes your machine so much more versatile. And being the only person around with one scores you a lot of work. My buddy just did quite a bit of clearing for a road expansion and he had one on a brand new komatsu 228. With the grapple he was able to grab the pines right below the level of the power lines and snap them right in half , rotate grapple and load right into his grinder. All the other contractors bid to do that portion of the work by hiring in arborists with bucket trucks. Everyday he had people stopping to watch, and the engineer have him a few nice jobs afterwards. On most of his smaller jobs he completely eliminates bringin a dozer to the site. Check them out on you tube- search indexator rotatilt.
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scagrider22
10-10-2012, 09:04 PM
I might buy one next year like the one TomG has but I cant see paying that much extra for one that rotates, I just wouldnt use it very often.

alexschultz1
10-11-2012, 12:24 AM
When you wish upon a star...! I would give my left nut for a new ex with a rotatilt, any takers?

AEL
10-11-2012, 01:57 PM
I guarantee if you demo one you will buy it.
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KrayzKajun
10-11-2012, 02:26 PM
I guarantee if you demo one you will buy it.
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Isnt that always the case. Sometimes it really pays off to spend the extra on a specialized attachment. Im doing the same with an attachment for a large skidsteer. May make a package deal on a 2007 bobcat T300 and a sandbagging attachment.
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scagrider22
10-11-2012, 11:40 PM
I will probably buy one next summer that doesn't rotate, the rotating one just wouldn't be worth it for the work I do. If I did a lot of demo type work I would spend the extra money but I only use my mini for hardscaping and light excavation.
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AEL
10-15-2012, 12:25 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_7hQpyyX2Q
One of these is deffinetly worth the extra 5 grand over just a twist bucket.