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Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by neversatisfiedj, Aug 1, 2007.

  1. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,028

  2. Lucky1

    Lucky1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 198

    Seller doesn't have great feed back score. I would go and inspect if intrested. Depends on your use, not a big machine.
  3. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,417

    I'm not too much of a fan of Kubota's backhoes.

    Primarily because their outrigs (stabilizers) do not lift the machine high enough to allow for various ground elevations / terrain.
  4. waltero

    waltero LawnSite Member
    Posts: 206


    Do you have a machine now? I feel this machine is too small for a landscaper. It is a nice machine for someone who owns a couple of acres or likes to do yard work but beyond that I would pass on it.

    I have a Kubota L3130 and at times it feels like the right sized machine, but because the hydraulics are not that powerful it doesn't lift enough when it comes to hardscaping. If you want to do alot of softscapes it can work out for you but that is all it is good for.

    You can try to use it but it will take you much longer to complete the same tasks as a larger machine.

    Let us know what kind of work you do also and maybe we can help you out a little better. If you have a budget that info helps too, it is easy to say get this when it cost $50,000.00 and you have a budget of $20,000.00. I just got a good deal on a new backhoe/loader and I am really happy with it because I am a small outfit and can't justify the purchase of a skid and a mini at this time. It does have all the power that I need when it comes to hardscaping, and it has alot of good features that make it a good choice for me.

    Good Luck
  5. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,511

    kubot btl 39 hp is the smallest I would use for me I like the tractors over the minis becasue I have 5 acers that needs bush hoged down every year
  6. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,649

    mini x, but i also have 2 bobcat loaders. Tractor or even reg. small backhoe are slow and bulky for landscaing i think. Pita to backfill a wall with front bucket. It took me a long time to go with mini now i have a 331 and wonderd how i did with out.
  7. Fordsuvparts

    Fordsuvparts LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 517

    Always choose the Mini Ex and you won't be sorry. Those little Kubota's suck and can't move hardly any dirt.
  8. PlatinumLandCon

    PlatinumLandCon LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,315

    What hours does it have? 3000.9? 2000.9?
  9. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Posts: 3,497

    What are your plans for the machine.......if you just need a mini, get a mini. If it is better to have a setup like this certainly talk to Walter (Waltero)......he's got the setup you may be looking for with the balls behind it to get the job done.
  10. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,649

    You can find a bobcat used mini 331 for around 20k. I paid that for mine with 1700 hours has hyd. thumb , soft top, and new spare track. The guy i bought it from was a pita with maintance which was in my favor. He even would send oil sample away to be tested. I operated for years and even kept my hoe attm, but i found out there is nothing like a mini x and im not pushing bobcat either there are many good brands out there. We did 3 jobs this year that i think would of been impossible with out it.

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