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Old 01-28-2014, 05:51 PM
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I think you will find that digging trenches for others is no where near as profitable as doing your own work. Once you have the machine on a job you will not know how you lived without it. Don't listen to DVS. A excavator is the best machine you can own. I put 200 hours on my new cat since october 15 when I took delivery. I barely put 200 hours on my skid in a year.
Buying a brand new mini a size bigger than what i needed was the best thing I've purchased for the business. We put about three times more hours on our mini last year, we typically only use a skid to move pallets, back fill walls and fix lawn damage.
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:12 PM
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My skid only gets about 200/year too. The side work is more for filler. I want to run a rip and equip crew(makes sense in my head). One or two guys just ripping out jobs so the skilled guys show up and start producing, not doing demo. The rip and equip wouldnt be busy full time with my stuff so i would have them doing the trenching projects. Not hugely profitable but more of a hourly or daily rate and lower risk.

Buying was the only way, i cant stand spending money on rentals especially when i only need it an hour or two here, three or four hours on thursday etc. i got a good deal and could get out from under it fairly quick and be ok if something crazy happened since i dont have a payment. I only have about 25 hours operating experience, nothing like jumping in with both feet to make you have to perform!
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:16 PM
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Here she is with her first victim. 10"/12" dia, dead two years.
Tak tb016 2006 with 1600 hrs from united rentals. 300 hrs on new tracks, retractable undercarriage, qc and 12" and 18" bucket
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:21 PM
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You're saying its a crazy winter and you are in SC! Ok I really feel for you.
It's been in the 30s all day and sleeting... Y'all can have all this! I'll take humid summers any day over this!
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:33 PM
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It's been in the 30s all day and sleeting... Y'all can have all this! I'll take humid summers any day over this!
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:43 PM
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:26 PM
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My skid only gets about 200/year too. The side work is more for filler. I want to run a rip and equip crew(makes sense in my head). One or two guys just ripping out jobs so the skilled guys show up and start producing, not doing demo. The rip and equip wouldnt be busy full time with my stuff so i would have them doing the trenching projects. Not hugely profitable but more of a hourly or daily rate and lower risk.

Buying was the only way, i cant stand spending money on rentals especially when i only need it an hour or two here, three or four hours on thursday etc. i got a good deal and could get out from under it fairly quick and be ok if something crazy happened since i dont have a payment. I only have about 25 hours operating experience, nothing like jumping in with both feet to make you have to perform!
Al, you MUST plumb a line, maybe one there already, but you gotta put a thumb on there. That there machine is like your hand with no thumb. Trust me.
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:28 PM
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Al, you MUST plumb a line, maybe one there already, but you gotta put a thumb on there. That there machine is like your hand with no thumb. Trust me.
Yes a thumb is a must and worth every penny!
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:31 PM
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Its plumbed but the aux is only on off like for a breaker utilizing the foot pedal. My dealer said they could adjust it for use with a thumb. Any suggestion for a manufacturer? I need a weld on kit i believe since it has no mounts.
Ive never used a thumb before but i can only imagine it makes this thing 1000% better for loading broken concrete pieces, ripping roots etc.
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