After the boom broke on the Hitachi 160 I was demoing, I am back to the drawing board for an excavator. I know the 308 lacks alot of the size of the 160, but I can get a good one used for around 40k and it comes with the offset boom option and zero tailswing to boot. If I go with a machine of this size and type, I may sell my JD 35D mini. I would like to hear any opinions regarding the CAT 308 if possible, before I pull the trigger. BTW...the local CAT dealer wants 62k for one with 1100 hours and an individual wants 38k for one with 3300 hours. Any thoughts regarding hours would be nice as well. Thaks!