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Teramite Backhoe, Junk!

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by troblandscape, Feb 19, 2004.

  1. troblandscape

    troblandscape Guest
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    I rented a terimite from Sunbelt, they were all out of Kubotas. Let me tell you any Backhoe without a Diesel Engine is useless, dont waste your time!!!!

  2. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Posts: 1,557

    looks like ud have better luck using the bucket
  3. troblandscape

    troblandscape Guest
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    Btw Here is the finished product

  4. jwholden

    jwholden LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 218

    You did a great job of not trashing the lawn. My bobcat wouldn't have been so gentle...
  5. troblandscape

    troblandscape Guest
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    I could have done the excavation alot quicker with a Bobcat ,but the time I saved on cleaning up makes me use the mini backhoes. I got rid of 10 yards of dirt on that job. I would have had to regrade the hole yard if I used the skidsteer.
  6. maal

    maal LawnSite Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 34

    looks good!!!!!!!!
  7. Henry

    Henry LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 549

    I've used one of those and all I can say is stay away. They should have been named terra-bull.
  8. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,898

    I've used a Terra-mite once. I won't ever again. Matter of fact, I probably won't ever use a backhoe if I can help it...

    Mini-excavators are the only way to go, IMHO. With a Bobcat 331, I can out-dig anyone on the biggest Terra-mite made... Give me a 337, and I can dig circles around it. And rental cost really isn't that much more, the ease of use MORE than makes up for the extra charge....

    Just my $.02 worth.:D

  9. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Posts: 2,702


    You took the words right out of my mouth.

    Only advantage of the backhoe is the bucket for moving the excavated soil.

    The zero tail swing and offset boom of a Bobcat (or other) mini would have been great for that site.

    obtw, nice patio!
  10. xcopterdoc

    xcopterdoc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 752

    Was the equipment junk or was it just the wrong tool for the job? I worked for a rental outfit and have been to the TerraMite factory school. Pretty dependable machines. And the bigger models come with a diesel. We have a guy in my area that digs graves with one and has used it since 98, he has a 36" bucket on it and uses it day in and day out. Still there and still running!

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