Well, I was lucky enough to play with a Kubota KX-161 for a while as well as the Kubota U45 yesterday. I must say, I was very impressed. Both machines had a whopping ONE HOUR on them. Once again very impressive. I only have a few decisions to make The first question: Do I want the zero tail swing of the U45 or the added oomph and reach of the KX-161, which hangs over the tracks by three inches? I am leaning HEAVILY toward the KX-161 not because it weighs more (in fact, it only weighs 100lbs more), but because it has almost an additional 8 of digging depth and 13% more bucket breakout force. That said, that extra 8 inches comes at quite a steep price the U45 is $4,500 less. The second question: Do I pay an extra $4,500 for cab with air? Over 5 years, it adds up to be about another $80 per month. My gut says to go with the cab if you are going to spend that much moola, you may as well be comfortable, right? If I opted to go WITHOUT a cab and the bought the U45, I would be saving 9k The third question: Do I go ahead and pull the trigger, or should I wait until my JD 35D sells. I can carry the two payments, but would really rather not. They (the dealer) arent interested in a trade but I figured that. I am going to take photos next week and list it on both Machinery Trader.com and usedequipmenttrader.com ASAP, regardless. The fourth question: Do invest in a new trailer, which will technically put me overweight with the new excavator by about 2,000lbs, or just get a buddy to move it as necessary in the short term? I have a 2004 Chevy 3500 dually diesel, but apparently it is only rated for 15k lbs with a gooseneck and the trailer I am buying weighs 4500lbs bummer. The fifth and final question what toy next!?!?!?!?! I was very interested in the Cat, but it looks like the dealer doesnt want to play seems this is a new year and a new model and worth every penny to someone else, but on a serious note, the Kubota is a pretty tough machine and I doubt I would be disappointed.. They have some really nice features that I cant help but wonder why Deere hasnt caught onto yet like the angled blade and the aux. hydraulics being controlled from the joystick instead of the floor. I am a Deere fan boy, but in this weight class, they dont even come close! By the way I want to thank everyone for their honest opinions and thoughts and also letting me think out loud this forum has been a HUGE help for me. You can look at manufacturers bloated specs and get only so much info real users are where the truth comes from! Thanks again for everything!