Having jumped deep into the large scale residential excavation market, I must make several observations that I have noted. 1. Buy it and they will come. I have had this excavator for a month or so and I have enough holes to dig to take me well into Dec. already. Very few guys even know that I have it yet. I think that I will be as busy as I want to be atleast it appears so. My payment on the machine is $400.00 a month so atleast I wont have a gun to my head if it doesn't move. 2. Its a tight and competetive market, making money relies on being effiecient. I know other aspects of excavation inside and out and have doing them for almost a decade and a half now, I know the drill in my sleep. This market has a learning curve from bidding to digging and there are certainly things to be aware of and things to avoid. I don't know all of them yet but I am learning. Elevations on the depth of the dig. They are critical and I try to have the GC make such decisions if not being apart of the process to establish wall height. However it doesn't always work that way. No problems yet but it makes me nervous. I am not as proficient with this big machine as I am with the TK. Before on the few holes we would dig a year I would get through it even though I wasn't as fast. I now am spending more days in the 9020 than anything else with more holes piling on the schedule. My ability to do a good clean job, and do it fast is forcing a learning curve that feels very near vertical right now. I am getting the jobs based on our reputation in other aspects of excavation. Guys are familiar with our tight tolerances and clean work and were happy to see us enter this market. That creates stress for me. I think the term is "performance anxiety". I can see how this market leads into needing more equipment. I have been able to keep up with onsite dirt moving with the 95XT and the 83" bucket. It moves about a yard at a time which is about the same rate as I dig it out. We dug a foundation for a 6K sf basement (the hole is easily 9K plus) and 7-8 feet in the ground I had to rent a 621 wheel loader and could have easily moved up to a 721. However for the what seems to be the normal 2-3K basement the 95XT can keep up as long as I don't have to move everything I dig with the 95XT. A wheel loader seems like a necessity if the work continues. I can also see a better dump truck on the skyline. ON THE EXCAVATOR: I must say that I got a lot more machine for the money than I thought I would get. It is very tight and precise. A little slower than I would have hoped but not bad. I had to get the HVAC system looked at the other day as the heat did not work when I bought it. It is getting cold here. That wasn't a big deal couple hours and they had it working. It obviously hadn't worked in some time as it looked like "Pig Pen" from the peanuts was running the machine when they got the blowers working. The bucket is smaller for a machine this size (about 38"). I think if I can get a thousand or so hours on it (basicly get on my feet in this gig) without having to spend a great deal more money I will be happy. Outside of my comfort zone? Absolutely! I must admit when I am not stressing out, I do feel more invigorated by the challenge.