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Old 04-15-2014, 09:38 PM
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Help choosing excavator size

I'm still looking at a variety of larger excavators to hopefully pick up one later in the summer. Here's the deal. I have a minimal amount of jobs for a big machine, but I'm looking to get into more of it! I also just bought 35 acres with about 6 acres of field. I'm looking to expand that 6 acre field to about 20 acres. It's fairly mature woods, plenty of 20-36 inch hardwoods and a thick 5 or 6 acre hemlock grove. I also need to dig a 1/4 acre pond and dig out/install a 1200 ft driveway, 2 foundations and 2 septics. Then I've got a smaller 3 acre house site to do in the next town over. I've mainly been looking at 160s so I can tow it when I get a truck. But I've come across several 200s that are attractive because they are about the same price and hours. Same deal with 300s, harder to move but a better value still. There is an sk330 10 miles from me that has 8000 hours, hyd thumb, new pumps and bottom that I could get for mid 50s. I'm all over the board size wise and can't decide which ones to go after. I have a 6 ton mini if that makes any difference. Right now I'm leaning towards getting my property all done with a 300 and then trading in on a nice used 160 or 150 blade runner.
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:46 PM
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I have been looking as well. The 300's and larger are where the bargains are, but are damn near useless if you moving on a weekly or daily basis. Some good deals can be found on 200's , I am leaning towards a 160 just because of transport. I have to have something that can be moved on a tag trailer. I think you would be better off buying what you want, instead of buying than trading.
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:49 PM
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8k hrs is a lot for a kobelco. I have a feeling it may become a money pit. Ive never kept a machine longer than 7k hrs and they've had enough problems before that.

160 is a handy size machine, ive got a 160 Volvo. I love it , but its a give take deal. its handy to haul around and do small jobs but it takes long on clearing big stuff. a 20-25 ton hoe is perfect for clearing but then you have to hire a lowboy to move it all the time.

sounds like you could put 1000 hrs on a machine cleaning up your farm with no problem.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:26 PM
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Thanks. Yeah I'm having second thoughts on the big big machines. But tell me what the big difference is between a 160 and a 200. Because the specs show that the reach is only one foot more.
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Thanks. Yeah I'm having second thoughts on the big big machines. But tell me what the big difference is between a 160 and a 200. Because the specs show that the reach is only one foot more.
reach is almost the same on my 160 and 210, but the 210 is way stronger and will lift a lot more.

the 210 will clear 1.5x as much as the 160 in one day and 2x what the 140 will do`
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:52 PM
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Wow. That's good to know. I was thinking about a 150 ED with ZTS too. But I think that would be a little out of its league on this first job I'm doing for myself. After that however, it would probably be perfect. I'll end up buying what I get a deal on, but that seems like it will be the 200 class. They are the same price as the smaller units.
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