In our area, builders are building HUGE homes on small lots. Lots where there is only 15 to 20 feet between the dwellings. Factor in the A/C units and the passage way to the backyard becomes tighter. Thus, making it difficult for a skid steer that is 72" wide to pass through without protruding on the adjoining property. We have skid steers that are what I call medium size. They lift 3000 pounds. The Gehl weighs around 6800 pounds, the Cat weighs about 7200 pounds. We have these machines for ease in off loading 3,000# pallets from trucks. As well as the fact that they can carry a little over 1/2 cu yd of material. At the moment, we dont have the need for a compact walk behind or stand behind loader. They are too expensive considering the demand isn't strong enough to justify buying one. Last week I priced a patio for a home that has approximately 18-20 feet between them and the neighboring dwelling. I closely looked at what it would take for us to get our machine in the backyard, traversing from the street, and along the side yard. Depending on soil condistion (wet or dry) it looks like we may damage about 12-30 inches of the adjoining property's yard. If it's dry, we may only damage barely a foot. When we have done jobs like this is the past, I have had the adjoining property owner sign a waiver stating they're aware we're working there, they're aware we may damage their lawn, that we'll repair ALL our damages, and that our client will be responsible for watering their repairs. So today I followed up with this prospective client to see if they're going to use us or not. She was very nice. But she said "truthfully, we're very impressed with your work but we're not comfortable with your practices. You said you may damage the neighbor's lawn, and that they must sign a waiver. We'd rather use a contractor that can do the work without involving the neighbors". I explained that we will make all necessary repairs, and that she may call our other clients whom we have had to protrude on the adjoining properties, and find out how the process went overall. If we were to rent a smaller machine, I'm guessing it would take at least 40% longer to do the work. We'd have to break down the pallets of materials, as a smaller machine won't lift/carry a full pallet. It would take longer to move the spoils from the backyard to the street to be hauled away, and it would take longer to get the base aggregate from the street to the back yard. I told her "we can bring in a smaller machine, but it's going to require additional man hours, meaning the job will cost you more money than proposed". I estimated that approximately 65,000 pounds of material are required for the job. This includes 20 tons of CR8, 3 tons of concrete sand, 4 pallets of pavers, and 5 cubic yards of screened top soil (for regrading). For a SMALL lot....thats alotta material! I am slightly annoyed with these people. Are we to have everything helicoptered or craned into the back yard?? But on the otherhand I'm thinking "well, you can't please EVERYONE, they're probably people we shouldn't be doing work for". How are you handeling such situations where the dwellings are nearly touching each other and large quantities of material are needed?