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Old 06-18-2013, 11:41 PM
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Calling all mini skid owners!!

I'm getting a ton of work and want to invest in a mini skid. I'm looking for something with 30+ hp and diesel. The absolute most I can spend on a skid, the attachments, and a dump trailer is 20k. For attachments Im thinking a 4 in 1 bucket, a leveler, and an auger.

My real question goes out to any owners. If business is good right now I believe I can hop on the opportunity of having a great reputation to snag more jobs. I'm trying to justify the massive expense with real world gains on the investment. Will buying a mini skid open new doors for me? Or will it just help me finish my jobs quicker? What are the actual labor hours saved by having this machine on the jobsite? How quickly does the machine pay itself off?

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Old 06-19-2013, 12:50 PM
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How many times have you rented one in the last 14 months?
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:09 PM
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:30 PM
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If you have three employees and pay an employee 20k a year and you can now fire one, and have them work more efficiently with the mini.

In the above example it pays off in a year and every year after that is gravy minus maintenance

Get a Harley rake for it
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:18 PM
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my vote goes for the newest addition to our workforce, the ditchwitch sk755. unreal power, very easy to opertate, comfy compared to all others i have tried.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:54 PM
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my vote goes for the newest addition to our workforce, the ditchwitch sk755. unreal power, very easy to opertate, comfy compared to all others i have tried.
What are the payments on that machine? I can only justify around $500 a month right now.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:12 PM
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Last month I had 360 labor hours clocked in. If I can drop that down to below 300 it will pay for itself. I can see my workers being less fatigued at the end of the day too.

A harley rake is something that ill probably rent. i can get one for $80 a day.

What is so important about 14 months?
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:16 PM
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Before I forget, will sod companies stack pallets shorter so minis can lift them?
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:25 PM
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Probably not, they come out of the cutter stacked like that. but when I had a machine that wouldn't lift a full skid I would just get an extra empty skid and put half on that. Rinse and repeat.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:34 PM
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We purchased a Vermeer 600 diesel with 450 hours for $10,500 with bucket and forks. We have used it for everything from spreading materials to pulling shrubs. I don't think it has gained us work but it has certainly made our work more efficient. I also feel more comfortable with some of my guys using it compared to our full sized skidsteer. From walkway and patio dugouts that would take us a full day with shovels to a few hours including running in new base materials it has been a useful tool for sure.
Good luck with your decision and purchase.
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