hey guys my family's landscape design/install business in booming right now and well every now and then we think of buying a mini excavator or backhoe as renting is a b*tch and we think we can money off the machine itself. Today my dad called for a few estimates from a few different companies to redo our own asphalt driveway. It is a more than 1/4 miles long but now more than 1/2. Well my mom wants to level out the dowhill parking area and make a cortyard level to the driveway by putting a wall in and filling it on with dirt to make it level. well anyway to do everything my mom wants it will require to rip up the driveway, take out 1 36" tree stump, and 2 18-24" tree stumps, dig a trench for base of cortyard wall, and dig new driveway portion as well as fill in old portion. Also we need to dig up 1 36" old stump and 1 48" old stump, as well as 6 14" stumps to transplant 4 trees with one of those huge transplant trucks. right now the price to dig up all this is steep considering we would have a tree guy and a driveway guy remove the stumps and driveway. I am thinking for this price we can buya nice used 3 to 5 ton mini, do it ourselves and we can use the mini later for our biss so we dont have to rent anymore. my question is can a 3 ton mini do all this? can a 5 ton do all this? would a tlb be better for this? would a skid be best? I think a 5 ton is perfect consider thats what we use most but.....????? sorry for ranting but i couldnt really sum it up!!!