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Old 11-18-2012, 02:02 PM
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I have a u15, 2 1/2 years old now, zero tail is a MUST as is a thumb, I wouldn't want it without either of these features..
I did rent a bobcat like on the link a few times before buying and didn't like it at all because it had no thumb and had the big tail swing

I pull allot of sidewalks and concrete in general with it and its amazing how much it can handle plus loading out wheelbarrows when in tight side yards ect

I have a 39" cleanup bucket for it too that holds 1 1/2 wheelbarrows with of material and it handles it really well
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:09 PM
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Same with my u17 . I have a atlas copco 102 hammer for it even at full reach with out the blade down it is stable.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:03 AM
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I'll second or third the kubota u15. Had ours for about a year now and love it. Light enough to haul behind a half ton and on a heavy single axle trailer. Yet very powerful and nimble. Handles a 24" tooth bucket no problem.

I think you're being to hard on the rc30. Love mine. Still ends up surprising me what I can get done with it.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:15 PM
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Did you guys buy the u15's new or used and how much will I expect to spend?
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:16 PM
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Bought my u17 brand new , wedge style coupler 2 buckets, and an atlas copco 102 Hyd hammer for 34 with taxes
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:46 AM
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Machinery trader will give you an accurate idea of pricing.
Ours is an '05, bought with 400 hours, two buckets and quick coupler for right around $15k.

I would love a thumb for ours, but I haven't found a good solution yet. There's no holes for mounting so a thumb must be welded on. A hammer would be nice too, but ouch! My wallet hurts to think about that.

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Old 11-21-2012, 03:56 PM
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Do not get a weld-on thumb, you will be disappointed. Spend the extra cash on a good pin-on one.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:11 PM
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I bought mine new, traded in a cat 302.5 for it, cat cost me 16K and I spent another 8K to get the u15 with thumb, three buckets and a gently used hammer included.
Business was slow at the time and the salesman bent over backwards to make the sale. Plus the u17 version just came out and mine was the last 15 on the lot
The thumb is an amulet version and is very good quality but one gripe is it doesn't mesh properly with all the buckets, not a deal breaker though

Plus they had to add the quick coupler system for hooking up the hammer...
I then made 6K on the first 20 hours of use with it on a job where a bigger machine wouldn't fit
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