Allright guys, here's the dilemma. I need to purchase a machine in the not too distant future-it will be a used machine in all likelihood. I need a machine with a good deal of traction and will use it to install pipe, irrigation equipment, trenching work etc. The areas will always be in wooded or field areas and never in someone's backyard. There might be potential for some land clearing in the future as well. I'm not a landscape contractor but rather a utility contractor so tearing up the ground is not an issue on my projects. I've always rented tracked machines due to their performance in the environment on our projects. Never had a wheeled machine before but most of my subs have wheeled machines and not track. Given the job description would you purchase a wheeled machine and add the tracks over tire option to it or exclusively a tracked machine? I'm basing my decision on the fact that you can usually find pretty good deals on used wheeled machines with less hours than most tracked machines. Hours of use a year will be pretty fair but not what most consider heavy. Meaning that it might have a week or two here and there where it sits idle. Let me know your thoughts-I'm hoping your experiences help me finalize my decision making process.