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Old 05-07-2006, 08:16 PM
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what do u guys think about the NorthStar Trencherman Backhoe??

4500 seems like a lot and seems like i can pick up something used and a little bit built better??and opions...for small patios and walls it will be used for
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Old 05-07-2006, 08:57 PM
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Well better than digging by hand probably. I would rather have a skid steer attachment back hoe than that and thats saying something. If you don't have a skid steer I would just rent a mini ex. when you needed to dig out patios or footings. 4400 dollars would buy a lot of rental time and you can rent exactly what you need. Granted you would not own anything for your rental expense but I don't think that is worth owning IMHO.
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Old 05-08-2006, 12:23 AM
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That thing is more of a joke than anything else. I agree with Ksss your better off renting a mini or spending the money on buying a decent used mini.
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Old 05-08-2006, 03:04 AM
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I'd stick with renting. Save yourself the $4500 and just bill your rentals to your customer. Until you have at least $15K to spend on a used piece, I'd stick with renting.

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Old 05-08-2006, 09:22 AM
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i agree with the others. it says it has 4400 lbs. of digging force, but a machine that light i would think would get drug all over theplace while digging. also it seems ot be backwards. the tow bar seems like it would get in the of working.
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Old 05-09-2006, 03:59 AM
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I wouldnt use that for anything more than a kids toy.
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Old 05-12-2006, 01:51 AM
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im guessing its a different brand, but the gas company in chicago has lots of machines like this. they use the snot out of them.
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Old 03-28-2007, 08:53 AM
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Buying 6.5 acreas horse pasture/woodlot and 1.5 acres of a 10 acrea lake.
The lake is about 40 years old and has filled in a lot.
Just wondering if the little back hoe would be worth investing in for general maintaince and projects.....thinking along the lines of building a small pontoon to set the back hoe on for digging out some of the lake.
I have a 28 hp kubota that I could put a hoe on, but thought the trenchman would be more versitile, and easier to float.
Has anyone got any suggestions.
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Old 03-28-2007, 09:56 AM
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That Trencherman might work O.K. for small things, like digging a sump line, but I would put the cost of it towards something else. I assume that the pull bar detaches? Otherwise, tnmtm is right, I think it would be in your way.

I would either add the backhoe attachment to your Kubota, or try to find a good deal on a used mini-X, that you could sell after you were finished with it, for close to what you paid for it. If you have a wooded lot, you'll run into a lot of roots that you'll need a machine with a little bit of a$$ on it. I think that Trencherman would bounce around and not be able to pull nearly as good. If you're really serious about the Trencherman, check out some rental yards in your area to see if anyone carries anything similar. If you find one, rent it for a day and see how it does.
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Old 03-28-2007, 10:10 AM
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Thanks for the reply dozerman21
It looks like the stab. does slide back into the frame, which would allow for a smaller pontoon possibly.
I'm looking up phone numbers now to see if I can rent.
Will let you know If I get to try it out.
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