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Deere 135D

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Junior M, May 10, 2020.

  1. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,727

    What’s everybody’s opinion on 135 sized excavator?

    im looking at picking one up. I need a reduced tail swing machine with rubber pads. This machine fits that bill but I’m a little worried about not having a blade.
  2. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,287

    I think in order to get the most out of that sized machine, it has to have a blade and a swing boom helps. I think for a little more weight (assuming that is not an issue) I would consider a 145 sized machine. More capacity in essentially the same size machine. I have been running a few and am planning on going from a 160 to a 145 with hybrid track system. Digging foundations might be a little slower but can use in more applications. I have run the Case 145, WN 145 and the Takeuchi 2150. I really like the swing boom on this size machine. I think ROI is important and swing boom just makes that sized machine more user friendly.
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  3. OP
    Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,727

    I hadn’t considered a swing boom on a machine that size..
  4. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,275

    I think that size(135/140/145) class is nice for residential or small commercial stuff. A bunch of guys are running that size on Insta. Advanced Wall's Doosan is also very impressive, wicked fast. After Kobelco or Case that Doosan would be on the shortlist.

    I want a Kobelco 140 with blade, roadliner pads & Steelwrist.
  5. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,162

    It's a nice size if that's as big as a machine you need, but if you think 5 years from now you want to step it up to a 20 ton hoe, better off buying bigger now, the 130 size is too small for the big jobs and too big for the small jobs where an 8 ton hoe would shine.
    Transport needs a 130 size behind a tandem on a tandem trailer is nice, but there is always someone that can move it anytime and they absorb the costs of the trailer and truck.
  6. OP
    Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,727

    I have an 8 ton machine already and I move it behind my triaxle Mack on a 20 ton deckover I picked up from Letsdig. So I’m not concerned about moving it..

    I just feel like for the lot clears and things I’m doing, the 135 would be a much better fit. We’re also beginning to dabble in some smaller commercial work. The biggest machine I’d want right now would be a 160 so I could still move it behind my triaxle.. but I’m going with this 135 for a 2 big reasons.. reduced tailswing and rubber trackpads.

    At this point I’m trying to decide if I should buy this 5k hour 135D or step up to a 135G with a blade and much bigger price tag.

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