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New mini excavator

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by P.Services, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    For those that have been asking, pics of the new deere. So far i love the machine, could ask for any better. I dont care for the blue/purple seat, that has to go. And i need to get some more buckets. It will throw a 24" like nothing so im thinking a 36" with a real deep heal on it to hold some dirt and then i want to get a 48" strait edge with a hydro wrist on it.

    Got the machine brand new but had to make a 3,600 mile trip to get it.



  2. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,366

    Nice machine. That machine can handle a 36" bucket like my yanmar no problem. I've found out for my work the three best buckets to have is a 12" for trenching. an 18" for clearing and stumping. and a 36" for digging and loading dirt.
    The only other bucket I'd like to have would be a 48" smooth bucket for cleanup work. I've always wanted a bucket with no teethies
  3. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    i agree, for now i will have to make due with a 12" a 24" and a 36". I think i may have the 36" custom made because im not seeing anything with a real deep heal like i want. I understand it will make the machine tippy over the side but it will make it very productive.
  4. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,366

    My 36" will make the machine tippy on every end if its heaped up. It will move plenty of dirt with just a regular 36" No need to strain the hell out a new machine and pins with a huge bucket.
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't imagine the rubber bands will last long on a machine that size. Looks like Deere/Hitachi are building a better mini excavator it looks like Kubota has some competition.

    You need to weld some hook lugs down the side of that trailer the front chains are stretched out too far they pretty much do nothing a DOT man might give you some troubles over that.
  6. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    I bet those tracks will last for 3,000 hours. I agree I should have moved those chains back a few feet but I had them so tight you couldn't move that thing a inch. I got two flats and used the excavator to lift the trailer up while it was still on it chained down.
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  7. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,595

    whats the difference? its pulling the machine forward, the chains on the back are pulling it back, creating a downforce, right?
  8. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    Junior the chains are a little too far forward if the machine did decide to move it could move around. It doesn't matter what the person pulling the load thinks is right it is what the DOT man says he thinks is right.

    Strapping a machine down with rubber tracks is a pain because you can't hook to the tracks like you do with steel shoes.

    When I used to load a mini on a flatdeck lumber truck used to put two 4 inch wide belt straps over the tracks and one over the boom.

    You never want to get stopped by the DOT anyways especially if they are having a bad day nothing is right and you will get a fine for something like it or not.
  9. J. Peterson Grading

    J. Peterson Grading LawnSite Senior Member
    from IA
    Messages: 989

    I have a 12" 18" 24" 36" and a 48" for both of my hoes.

    My 48 is just a Deere 310 clean out bucket that I had re worked to fir my hoe, I think you might have trouble finding someone that will make you a Deere style bucket side quick tatch though. Does Deere make a bucket side blank you could have welded on?

    As for a deep bucket. Look at a New holland/Ford back hoe bucket. The are just huge!! About twice the volume of a standard mini hoe bucket. If my Volvo had more azz I would rework one in a heart beat.

  10. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    I didn't even think of that, I will just get a used hoe bucket and re work it. I'm sure the local fab shop can make it happen.
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