Ok, here's the deal. I had a backhoe that I bought to go into biz with a couple years back and that never worked out, but I have become very accustom to having a machine at my disposal. I just sold the machine. So here is my question. I have some cash to be able to buy another machine and I am thinking a skid steer would be my best bet. What I need it for is for knocking down small trees, moving dirt and some leveling. Since, I have the cash I want to purchase a machine, use it for a couple of years then, after I complete my home, sell it. I have found a couple of machines in the 10k area which is about what I want to pay. I found a 2003 Gehl 5635 with 1200 hours and a 2007 Bobcat S130 with 2100 hours. Both appear in good shape, although I haven't drove either yet. Which of these machines would be the best for light/medium duty work and offer me the best resale in 2-3 years with a couple hundred more hours? I want a machine I can use as needed and be the least amount of trouble for me. (ie maintenance/repairs) To throw a loop in the question, since I only have a few acres, would any one suggest skipping a skid steer and buying a tractor. I think a tractor would be nice, but moving dirt would be way easier with the skid. Thanks for any and all opinions on this.