Is this a good entry level mini mini ex?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by alldayrj, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Got the tak for 10.5!!! Have to pay PA tax which is about 650.

    The next question is what size bucket should i pick with it? I can choose a 12" or 18" and buy the other for $400 plus tax if i want it. Im thinking 12" and source my own grading bucket. Or should i do 18" and buy a small trenching bucket like 9" as well as the grading bucket?

    We have almost no rock here on long island. Topsoil and sand
     
  2. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Congrats. Can you post some pics
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  3. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    If they're bolt on tooth buckets, get both and look for a 9 also. I wish I had an eighteen. I have the twelve and nine. I am going to build a skeleton bucket for rock separation.

    After running bolt ons I would never buy a toothed bucket.
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  4. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    New to excavators, whats the difference with bolt ons? Can you throw up a pic to show?

    Ill try and post the pics they sent me, the machine is 4 hrs away. A little rough since its a rental but ill paint it up and it will look new
     
  5. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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  6. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    That's a cute rig, will pay for itself in the first season. Bolt on teeth says it all RJ. You have a smooth face with bolt holes in it. Need teeth, put em on. Don't need teeth, take em off. I run smooth face when digging "hot" properties.
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  7. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Oh ok. Ill check. I dont like the bolt on ones from what ive seen. Ive torn two off myself. The weld on ones with replaceable tips have held up the best.
     
  8. 1idejim

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    I use bolt on tiger teeth. Never had issues tearing equipment up because I don't like fixing or paying for fixing iron. You'll find that many times slower is faster and there is no equal to finess
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  9. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't mean to hijack your thread but I need a bit of advice. I am looking at renting a mini ex for an upcoming paver job and was curious if I should get a 12 or 18" bucket with or without teeth. I am going down anywhere from six to twelve inches. Will be using it to dig out the areas and moving the majority of the material with a dingo BC of the close quarters. If you need more info please let me know
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  10. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Size of patio, type of soil, access for machine etc. get the biggest machine that will fit. I would probably say 18" with teeth
     

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