Lets talk mini excavators from 2.7- 6 ton.

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by ksss, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The tb260 has it. So does Kubota.
     
  2. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    I wish I could dial in the flow rate, wasn't as big of a deal with my previous 153. It did not make enough flow for it to really matter. Now that they make some serious flow, I would like the ability to dial it down for some of the low flow attachments like a small hoe pac I have.
     
  3. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I get tired of opening the cowl and turning the pressure down to use the thumb. I am so looking forward too having the ability to adjust flow and also the second circuit for the thumb.
     
  4. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The 304E I operated was very nice. Any idea on how much Kubota charges for the option? I'm pretty sure it's standard on all CAT's E series from their 303.5 up. Not sure if it's only offered on Tak's tb260.
     
  5. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Optional on Kubota but appears to be standard on the Tak TB260.
    Tak will probably include it in all machines as they update them.
     
  6. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would be interested in hearing from the OEM's on the supersizing the 45/50 size. I could see bumping the size for more performance but why not stay under 12,000 pounds to fit 12,000 pound trailers? How many have a 14,000 pound trailer?

    I do like how they are really packing the features in the 55 size now. I'm impressed with that Takeuchi TB260.
     
  7. ksss

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    What I find also interesting is that few 12K trailers actually have a 12K capacity. Most trailers require you subtract the trailer weight to get the actual trailer capacity. Towmaster and some others are an exception. However your already in CDL territory so why not have a trailer with more capacity. I can only speak for myself, but I suspect that most have a larger trailer already if your in the market for one of these machines. If not you have to certainly move up in trailer capacity. I think width tends to cause as much of an issue as GVW. Deck overs such as typical BH trailers seem to be the way to go once you are obligated to own a deck over. I have resisted that so far. I have an 18K Towmaster that is limited by what can fit between the wheel wells. No issues so far but it gets tight when I have OTT on my 465. I have a triaxle tag but you certainly feel dumb using a 30T tag to move a mini ex or skid steer.

    As to the features in these supersized 50 machines, I totally agree they are really putting large excavator options in these machines. I think its outstanding. These machines are so much more capable than many are aware. Adding big ex features only improves upon that. With bucket breakouts in the 14-15K range and great lift capacities, you can get a great deal of work out of these machines.
     
  8. stuvecorp

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    I know the Case/Kobelco 55 can 'lose' counterweight to drop under 12,000 but then you are giving up performance.

    Maybe it's just me but have been on the look out for a good used T14 Towmaster tilt and they just are not out there and I'm not in any shape to buy a new one.

    I know what you are saying on just doing the CDL thing but just don't want to deal with the headache of it.
     
  9. ksss

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    I just got done looking at the TK TB260. Finally TK stepped up their interior, and offering a more modern and informative information system. I like the minimal tail. I am also impressed with the hydraulic system, very well appointed. It appears to come with about everything you would expect and hope for in a machine this size. I could not give up my Side to Side boom to go back to a swing boom but other that, dam impressive excavator. I can see why its generating some interest.
     
  10. ksss

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    I like the ability to add or cut weight on a mini. Its not something you would do a lot but its nice to have the option to do so. Once issue however is once you have a thumb (prolink is even worse for weight), and coupler you really need the counterweight on to take advantage of the machines capacity.
     

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