We have used case maxi's for years, but have tried Vermeer and Ditch Witch as well. Ditch witch is a good machine, but we only recently have local support. The LM42 pulls well, but the trencher was underpowered. When you are used to a dedicated machine so far I have had a hard time going to a mini skid. We are demoing multiple before the end of the year and at the GIE next week. The term itself SKID loader has made it not a good fit for us versus an articulated machine so far. You can't curve the trench, or pull well around corners. I've been looking at the ditch witch zaan with tracks, but I am concerned with the small gas engine and little hydraulic output. Our dingo is almost useless for irrigation work compared to our dedicated machines currently. Any opinions on SKID trenching/ plowing?