Mini ex: new or used

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Wing 97, Mar 6, 2006.

  1. Wing 97

    Wing 97 LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 62

    I'm about to purchase a mini excavator and have been given a choice between a new machine for 40500 and a used 05 machine for 33400. The used machine is a rental with 275 hrs and looks to be in new condition and still has two months of warrantee left. I know I am going to buy one or the other just don't know if it is worth it to go new. I don't want to say what brand it is(afraid Iwill get a biased opinion)but I will say it is a 7000lb machine. Any thoughts would be appriciated since there seems to be alot of knowledge floating around here.
     
  2. ToroLandscaper

    ToroLandscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
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    tell us the brand name so we can tell you if it is a good price or not becouse alot of times brands vary in prices....with out knowing anything else i would say go with the 05 used one with only 275....the only thing is go over it VERY carefully becouse ALOT of times rental machines have been beatin
     
  3. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    How many months of warantee do you get on the new one?
     
  4. qps

    qps LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
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    Won't name a brand:dizzy: ....o.k.. your paying to much....you gotta look past the paint color lovers...or haters....gather your info and make a decision...
     
  5. qps

    qps LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Posts: 1,484


    12 months I think..
     
  6. Wing 97

    Wing 97 LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 62

    OK it is a bobcat 331 cab, heat, AC, and 24 inch digging bucket. The dealer is close and have other purchases there. Tried the machine today seems to be tight and doesn't appear to be abused.
     
  7. thepawnshop

    thepawnshop LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a JD 35D for sale! Just kidding...kind of. Gettin ready to list mine before the week is out. I think a used machine is a good deal when you find a machine that hasn't been abused...you just never know what the previous owner did with it. Since you are getting it from a reputable dealer (I assume), you should be OK...plus 275 hours is nothing!
     
  8. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,068

    If you're buying from a respectable dealer, I say go for the used piece and save yourself some money. Nothing wrong with used iron.
     
  9. Wing 97

    Wing 97 LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 62

    Thanks for the feedback. Just needed to be pushed one way or the other. The intial intent was to buy used but when the dealer started to work the numbers for new it started to get a little fuzzy.
     
  10. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,068

    If the price was within $3-4K for new vs. used, I'd definately go new. The added warranty, no worries about the history of the machine, and the interest rates are usually a little better when you buy new. Other than that, used is just fine if everything checks out fine.
     

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