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ditchwitch 255 v. vermeer

greenworldh20

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
south east ny
we are going to purchase a new small vibratory plow this spring. what do you all think about the ditchwitch 255 plow with boring attachment?

personally, i am a vermeer man. i like my lm-40, but i like the small size of the 255. i have also heard that it puts pipe in the ground like no other machine in its class.

what do you all think? how much should i expect to pay for a 255 w/boring attachment?

local dealer said $17,900 with out boring attachment
$2,000 extra for boring unit.

thanks,

brian
 

aquamtic

LawnSite Senior Member
Brian, I have been renting and borrowed at times a DW 255
They are awsome machines.
One rental had only 8 hrs on it and the one at times I borrow has over 9000. It runs like the new one.

DOnt know much about the boring unit
 

dougaustreim

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Brookings SD
We've been using a 255Sx for about eight years now. Love it. Have been rebulding components as we go along the last few years, but are keeping it like a new machine for a fraction of the cost of new. The prices you quote are pretty much what the dealers out here would get.

We were lucky, when we bought it originally it had only a few hours on it, but had been traded in to a Case dealer for a much bigger machine, by a rural telepone company. Granted the 255 would have been too small for the distances they were covering and probably not deep enough either. Anyway, we bought the like new machine for 6500.00 at that time.

Doug
Austreim Landscaping
 
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greenworldh20

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
south east ny
that is a steal of a deal, doug. we have the opportunity to purchase a 'rebuilt' 255 for $8200.

i declined. i am done with purchasing used equipment. too many times i have been 'burned' by it. i would rather pay more money for a unit that will provide me with at least 4 good years of service.

to me, that is the 'real' deal.

thank you to all that have replied.

brian
 

JeffY

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Omaha, Nebraska
Opt for the boring attachment, it provides itself very useful. THe 255sx we have bores under sidewalks and driveways with no problem. About the only times we've run into problems boring is from asphalt driveways sitting on 12 inches of limestone. From what I understand, you would need to get a special boring tip to go through it. I have not used the vermeer puller, but the trencher rather and dislike it emensly. It could just be that the steering mechanism broke on the rental company's machine and thus I would have to pick and left to turn it when trenching. It's mostly why I don't trust vermeer equipment.
 
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greenworldh20

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
south east ny
thanks for the input, jeff...vermeer is a tough machine...we had 2 of them...the thing has got 'balls'...

i will shop around with other ditchwitch dealers to see what kind of numbers they can work with us.

thanks to all who replied.

brian
 

dynogt16

LawnSite Member
Location
INDIANA
thanks for the input, jeff...vermeer is a tough machine...we had 2 of them...the thing has got 'balls'...

i will shop around with other ditchwitch dealers to see what kind of numbers they can work with us.

thanks to all who replied.

brian
I know this is an old post. I used to bury drops and looking to get back into it. bought a lm40 for 5500bucks and 694hrs. Is there anywhere to get pipe, bits, and the knuckle(universal joint for the boring attachment.?
 

dynogt16

LawnSite Member
Location
INDIANA
Thanks alot. Ive looked there ik the pto assembly at vermeer is 330 at plc underground its 160
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