Excavators and Skid Steers / Compact Track Loaders

Discussion in 'Rental Equipment' started by CPEC_Andy, May 23, 2012.

  1. CPEC_Andy

    CPEC_Andy Inactive
    Messages: 25

    What size machine is ideal for the majority of your jobs? (please let me know)

    We focus on the smaller iron for landscapers.
    - 1 - 2 ton excavators http://bit.ly/MGOPXQ
    - 30 - 50 HP skid steers / compact track loaders http://bit.ly/MGOS5Y

    Do these machines fit your criteria? If not, please advise how we can better service your business.
  2. Tizzy

    Tizzy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 383

    for me, not even close.

    excavators between 5 and 15 ton
    skidsteer/compact track loader between 50-100 hp. or 3-6 ton.

    our stuff is used mainly for excavation work. so we adapt our equipment for smaller jobs if need be. we dont run anything that small. it would not even meet the most basic of our needs.

    side note we dont really rent equipment. everything we need we have.
  3. CPEC_Andy

    CPEC_Andy Inactive
    Messages: 25

    Thanks for the feedback.
  4. lazor-cut

    lazor-cut LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wixom
    Messages: 315

    For landscaping i have never used anything bigger than a ASV RC60... MAYBE a Cat Articulating Compact Wheel Loader but thats for Huge (100-200yrd) Soil Jobs.
    Snow is a different story!
  5. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,210

    We do half commercial too, so not everything is little residential jobs.
    Excavators not much use but i wouldnt bother renting anything smaller than a 3-4 ton machine, purchase nothing smaller than a 5 ton.
    skidsteer or track loader 50-100hp, we have a 60hp deere 319d track and a 95hp 332D skid... both serve their purposes
  6. deerewashed

    deerewashed LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 883

    we rent both mini ex. and track loaders at the same time at least one day a week during spring and fall, nothing less than a 3.5 ton mini ex. and nothing less than 60hp for track loader.
  7. jverdone

    jverdone LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    mini ex with hydro thumb, and option for a smooth edge bucket, used one twice this year actually helped alot with placing large round stones for a landscaping project. also little to no tail swing. Cat 303 is what I used, wouldn't of minded one or two steps up from it.
  8. lafrance4078

    lafrance4078 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    We specialize in tight access. That said, not all of our jobs require small machines. We tend to go with a 3t mini-ex and a mini track loader. If not the mini, we use our 50hp CTL.
    Side note, the prices listed are horrendous for our market. The 4 hour rate listed is the same as a full daily rate at the regular rental places. It would be very difficult to turn profit with those prices.

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