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Old 06-25-2010, 08:22 AM
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How Small Is Too Small For A Mini X

Hel all, I'm looking at the Kubota KX41, I'm wondering If this machine will be too much of a toy when it comes to digging waterline trenchs.

But the good thing about It, I can trailer It with the reg. landscaping trailer.

I'm also looking at the U25,And the U35

I have a 10 ton trailer, for a U 35, But I would need a bigger truck.

Need some Input on this one

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Old 06-25-2010, 09:13 AM
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If 2 guys and a shovel can keep up, yup, it might be too small, anything under the 2 ton weight category is pushing how small is too small.
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Old 06-25-2010, 10:01 AM
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If 2 guys and a shovel can keep up, yup, it might be too small, anything under the 2 ton weight category is pushing how small is too small.
Maybe The U25 http://www.kubota.ca/productdetail.a...212&prodid=249

I can still pull It behind a 3/4 ton with a skid steer trailer
But I sill have my eye on the KX41
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Old 06-25-2010, 01:53 PM
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Anything is better than shoveling, been there done that and wishing I had a small machine to dig utility trenches.
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Old 06-25-2010, 02:58 PM
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Small? I have a Ditch Witch 410SX with a hoe attachment. I dig the occasional water line with it. Bigger would have been nicer, but I can still reach 5' down. Like Grave Rat said, better than a shovel.

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Old 06-25-2010, 03:03 PM
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Hey , that a cool machine, Guys my problem Is with the towing Bs, thats why i'm looking t the smaller machines
Wondering If the KX41 will dig waterlne trenchs 6' deep 200 feet long
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Old 06-25-2010, 03:15 PM
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Hey , that a cool machine, Guys my problem Is with the towing Bs, thats why i'm looking t the smaller machines
Wondering If the KX41 will dig waterlne trenchs 6' deep 200 feet long
Digging 6 feet deep might be a stretch for a 1.5-2 ton machine.
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Old 06-25-2010, 08:03 PM
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I have the comperable size komatsu to the kubota you're talking about.... while you have to understand that they're small machines in the excavator world, they are still amazingly productive. They'll outdig many men with shovels, at a greatly reduced cost in every way and they don't complain or show up late.

As for a 6' depth, that's about the maximum they'll do (I think mine is rated for a touch over 7') but depending on how wide you need the trench to be, they shine in that they don't disturb the ground too much and with a narrow bucket they only remove the dirt required. My narrowest bucket is 10", and often if there's only one line going in it's more than enough.

For the small homeowner jobs where I dig the trench and they backfill, it's a definate selling point because they have much less dirt to move. A larger machine will obviously do it faster, but often also moves way more dirt than is needed to do the job.

Be aware of the limitations of a smaller machine like these, don't bite off more than you can chew and it will do the job for you.
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:31 PM
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I just dropped the hammer on a new u 15 Kubota with hammer three buckets and thumb, traded in a cat 302.5 for this little cutie...it gets dropped off on Monday coming

My reasons are well the cat is almost as big as my kx161 in many ways, and has a huge ass on it so not great in tight spaces at all...
I seem to rent the smaller ones fairly often for the constructions projects I do.

I had to put very little money with my cat for the kubota so no payments.

I have three jobs lined up with cutie that will make me back all the difference I had to shell out to get her. One is pulling an oiltank under an expensive deck, gonna take the roll cage of it for that one...

I have a smaller 7000 pound dump trailer that this thing will fit in nicely...

I bet the cutie will out-dig 10 rugby players on steroids anyday, easily

Oh and I get all the tax I paid back on it too with our new hst tax system

This thing is soo light I could take it camping with us for the kids to play on and learn to use it

I did a reno a couple of years ago with a similar sized rental bobcat and kept a chain of guys with wheelbarrows going cutting a new footing inside a building, was about 80 feet long and broke the existing concrete with a hammer and then loaded the barrows with it as well as the spoils from the footing
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no such thing as too small. time is money
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