I finally broke down and decided to get another piece of equipment. I have a Kubota tractor with the loader and the backhoe now, and it was hard to go to just a skid and not have the ability to dig, and an excavator is nice but doesn't move pallets of materials. I wanted to replace the tractor as the cost of keeping the tractor and a skid wouldn't work money wise, and if I was going to have two payments it would be a skid and an excavator. I couldn't justify the cost of both machines, so I stuck with the tractor. The biggest problem with the tractor was the inability to move full pallets of pavers and wall block. I was able to push them around, but once they hit the ground I wasn't able to pick them back up again. I could unload, and move them once. Well, I think my problem is solved. I just purchased an Ingersoll-Rand BL-570 and the numbers look very impressive. I have to admit it isn't the best looking machine but it has an ROC of 3,406lbs on the loader, tipping is twice that and the bucket breakout is 9,370lbs. The backhoe is 8705lbs at the bucket and 5620 at the dipper. Looking at those numbers is compares to a full sized skid and the numbers on the backhoe are better then the Bobcat ZHS-435. It also has full time four wheel drive and four wheel steer, along with hydraulics both front and rear for some attachements. It has the bob-tach system and bobcat X-change quick coupler. All this in one machine, I am not a big company but I am growing and I think it was a good choice. I would of liked a skid/mini-ex combo but to match this power wise would be $80,000 - $100,000. The machine is a 2005, but only has 67 hours on it and is in like new condition. I will let you know how it performs for me and I will post a few pictures once I get it delivered. Check out the specs and let me know what you think.