On my 2 days off at the restaurant I'm working for a buddy of mine running iron. Thought I'd post a little review about the new Yanmar Vio55 he just bought. So far I've only run it with a hoepac on the end of the stick, but the machine is very smooth. Joystick pull seems to be less than most excavators I've operated and they are short levers, not the longer style, so it's not a matter of having more leverage to achieve a smaller amount of pull. Machine is fairly stable, but like I said it's hard to tell with the hoepac on the front. Dropping the blade definately helps, but the hoepac is probably right around 800 pounds so it's hard for me to tell what the machine is like with just a bucket. Machine is equipped with a cab, I don't think it has A/C, haven't needed it yet. I feel ultra claustrophobic with the window down and the door closed, the cabs of minis are so tiny. I have no problem running a full size machine with everything closed up, but this machine makes me a little tense. Reach is excellent with this machine, tons and tons of reach. It's hard for me to estimate, but I'd say it has the same amount of reach as a 7 ton machine or at least pretty close anyway. The only thing I don't like about this machine is the throttle lever is on the left hand side of the seat in a weird spot, makes it a little bit of an inconvenience to get to. A 55, IMO, should have a throttle dial on the right console. Travel pedals are adequate, but I've seen better. Plenty of air vents keep air circulation going, I don't think this machine has A/C as far as I can tell. Auxiliary circuit is awesome, gives the hoepac plenty of thump. The standard hydraulic pin grabber coupler is pretty nice, I'm not a fan of pin grabbers, but it's hydraulic and is operated from the cab. Definately a nice feature, our 312 had a hydraulic coupler as well. It was really nice to be able to swap buckets in less than 30 seconds. As I get a little more time on this machine I'll keep posting back. I'll get some pictures this week when I'm up working.