What equip. would you buy 1st

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Smitty58, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. Smitty58

    Smitty58 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 531

    We had a good year doing pavers, and retaining walls. We rented a plate compactor, dump trailer, mini excavator, skidsteer to do these. We spent the most rent money on a dump trailer, then the compactor. Looking at trying to get some equipment for next year to avoid renting so much. So my question is what would you buy 1st, 2nd, etc. I'm thinking a dump trailer and plate compactor and then at some point add a mini excavator. Would like to hear from guys who have went down this road before.
     
  2. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Posts: 3,496

    Buy a used trailer and compactor. Should be able to get both for $5-7k depending what size trailer you go for. Wait till winter when people are hurting and you can get a better deal, unless you need the tax write off. If not, January/February.

    Excavator, used, will start you at $10k and up to $20k.
     
  3. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,800

    1) dump truck
    2) transit level
    3) plate
    4) wet saw
     

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