I stopped at the Cat dealer to check out MTL to purchase before the end of the year. He has a new 277B with the MA9 package (heated cab/cold weather equipped) and 78" bucket for an asking price of $53,000. He also has a new 257B with the MA9 package with an 66" bucket for $41,300. A slightly used 257B with about 260 hours equipped the same for $37,500. Is the $3,800 savings worth considering the used machine. I am going to look over the numbers and call my accountant today to check on tax benefits of new vs. used. I would like the 277, but don't know if I can justify the addition $11,700 right now. If I were to spend that much right now, I'd probably spend a little more and get the A/C and high flow machine. Too bad they don't have one equipped like that right now. P.S. Cat financial is closed all of next week for the holidays. If you were considering using them to purchase a new machine before the end of the year, you have to do it before Friday.