We have had good luck buying used rental equipment. A Bobcat 334 mini excavator, plate compactor, ground ponder, and pressure washer. It seems rental places buy high end rugged equipment and maintain it well. At lest the places we have bought from do. We even rent some of our equipment to people we know and trust. I love letting the machine make us money with no labor on our part. We have rented equipment to people for more money then if we would have showed up and done the work ourselves. The ones we do rent to we know personally and they bring it back fueled, greased and washed.