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opinions on 337 excavator

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by skidsteerloader, Aug 12, 2005.

  1. skidsteerloader

    skidsteerloader LawnSite Member
    from LI NY
    Messages: 1

    Hi I am considering purchasing a bobcat 337 compact excavator, any thoughts are apreciated. Not looking to go over 12,000 lbs, and need to do septic systems. How big of a ring and tank will this machine lift? also are there any particular model years from 98 on up I should avoid? Thanks.
  2. DIXO

    DIXO LawnSite Member
    from WV
    Messages: 3

    very good machine but have compared it to a john deere 50 I have a partner how has 1 and 1100 hrs still not 1 problem tons of power work everday hard put in power duct just bought a case cx 31b to run house services works good I guess its what you like I believe I seen a 337 that the boom extended out but whatching when boom was extended out machine seemed to lack power but not sure if it was a 337 it was a bobcat mini
  3. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    I would stay away from Bobcat Mini's wasn't overly impressed with them. I would look into Kubota,Takeuchi,Deere/Hitachi,Cat,Kobelco and Komatsu.
  4. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    Spent a long time on a case mini and was very impressed. Probably the most comfortable machine I've operated.
  5. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,162

    you will struggle setting a tank with a 337 other than maybe a 500 gallon tank. Not to mention run out of dig depth at around ten feet. I use a 12K Takeuchi TB53 and I can't set the larger 1,500 gallon tanks. You may get more depth out of a 341 (extended reach) however you lifting ability will not be improved. A 10K excavator is not enough machine. Atleast around here. Ideally I would be better served with a 17K machine. I usually just have the larger tanks set with a truck. It costs a little more but since my machine can handle the other portions of the job its worth it.
  6. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    Ksss is right about setting tanks most contractors in this area set the 2 piece concrete tanks with 160 sized machines. The contractor I worked for has a 2005 158 Komatsu it would just pick up half of a 1200 gallon concrete tank.

    A Hitachi Zaxis 75US-A (zero tail swing) or a John Deere 80 would be about the right size you can still dig the runs without too much trouble and you still have some lifting power

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