I am trying to work smarter this year. Normally, if i had to dig out for a retaining wall, or a footing, etc i'd just rent a Mini X for about 250 a day. Then i end up wasting a hour picking it up, and a hour dropping it off. I figured the whole renting thing wasn't the smartest thing in the world. Ok so i decided it would proably be best just to sub out the excavation for these projects. I got a couple guys i can use for 550 a day. Sounds great. For 300 more then a rental i do not have to waste a minumum of 2 hours picking up and returning a machine. I do not have to worry about fuel or the machine breaking down either. Most of all, i do not have to perform the work myself! Sounds good. Then i started thinking about how many times i am going to need to use the sub a month. Then the numbers start to make it seems like a better deal to just buy. Its seems like its a never ending circle of buying equipment!!! I think if i had a excavator i'd end up using it for alot more then just digging trenches.