Im down the road considering a mini track hoe and have been thinking about it for several years. What is the idea weight and size to have that is just right in most of your guys opinion behind a 3/4 ton? Im thinking Cat,Deere,Case,Komatsu, or Volvo. Im sure there is some other good brands out there such as Kubota andTakeuchi. I know Takeuchi makes some excavating equipment but with Kubota they dont make hardly any excavating equipment which kinda concerns me. I do see allot of theres around but for some reason I feel someone such as Cat or Deere may be better since they have been making Constuction equipment forever. Yes, I know the Deere is really a Hitachi machine. Also what about these backfill blades they have on them? I know they are good to fill in with but besides that are they very hand? They always looked really awkward to me with the boom and all on the machine. Im thinking a zero house swing machine may be best for me. Is there mutch price difference between them and the old convetional style? I have read some of what other people have said on these boards. As far as what Im am going to do with it is still up for debate. I guess jsut small odds and end jobs that dont take a bunch of skill and move up to tougher things down the road.