Mini Excavator (1.5 ton or smaller)

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by CPEC_Andy, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. CPEC_Andy

    CPEC_Andy Inactive
    Messages: 25

    What kind of projects do you use 1.5 ton or smaller mini excavators for?
  2. Steiner

    Steiner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 409

    I use a 3500lb machine for

    digging and pulling stumps
    excavating walkways and dumping right into the dump trailer
    drainage jobs to install drain boxes and 4" pipe
    Clearing small trees and brush in back areas of homes

    I guess the possibilities are endless, why do you ask?
  3. CPEC_Andy

    CPEC_Andy Inactive
    Messages: 25

    We rent mini-ex's. In working with Kubota we are trying to create content relevant to mini-ex users. Best practices, safety, uses and applications etc....

    Thanks for your time.
  4. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,588

    Drainage problems, small retaining wall projects, ponds, small shrub removal... It helps to have one when a job is too large for a crew of 3 with shovels and too small for a bigger machine.
  5. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    I find that mini's that small are just about useless on most jobs guys get them for. For the price in renting, a 6k or 9k machine can be rented for not much more and will make for much quicker work, with a larger bucket, faster speed, more strength, longer reach. What I have rented a little mini for was a job we did this year, it was a court yard in the center of an office building. We were not able to bring in a larger mini and could only use one that could make it through a 4' door way.
  6. CPEC_Andy

    CPEC_Andy Inactive
    Messages: 25

    Access issues are one of the chief contributors to our rental success with the smaller mini-ex's. That and their less destructive to existing turf in landscape applications.
  7. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,613

    anything where you dont want to trash the lawn really. That size is the best for 5 gallon potted shrubs. Not very comfortable at all taking my KX 161 on a small high end property. Would love to have a U 17 !
  8. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    I need to get an attachment for my dingo. It goes out on just about every install with the mini.
  9. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,245

    I've rented a baby Kobelco a couple times and totally loved it. Had to dig out egress windows but it had to fit under 4' access. I think it would be great to pair with a RC/PT 30.

    The dealer sold it and never got another one for rental, that's the only reason I never used it more. If I had 'spare' money I would have one...
  10. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    I used a Bobcat mini x to fill in a coi pond at my own house. it was a mess, overgrown etc, when I bought the place. two years later i finally got around to it. only problem was I had to borrow a larger deck over trailer to get it home from the rental place, but it had a blown wheel bearing. So I had to use my single axle lawn mowing rig. That stuck me with the mini mini mini ex. seemed to have ample power, but I woulda liked more of course. It did the job pretty easily, just took a while. This coi pond was huge by the way. Took me about 10 hours over 2 days to get it done. A friend of mine has a small, but very successful excavation company. He told me once "a baby ex will do everything a big one will do, it'll just take longer and can't go as deep" he told me his wife says the same thing about him.....get it?

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