Terramite VS Allmand

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Andyinchville, Nov 14, 2006.

  1. Andyinchville

    Andyinchville LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    HI All,

    I have a need to buy a mini Loader / Backhoe and was wondering....size for size, which is better....The Terramite or the Allmand?....I usually use a full sized backgoe but for snaking into tight areas I think smaller is better.
    Thanks for any and all input.

    PS - I have thought of a small or compact farm type tractor with a loader and adding an aftermarket backhoe but think maybe a dedicated unit is better?
  2. cclllc

    cclllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    What are you doing with it. I say get a mini track hoe
  3. Andyinchville

    Andyinchville LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    Thanks for the reply....I will be doing general light construction work and digging test holes for a soil scientist while he tests for perk sites on undeveloped land...
    Being a smaller and more easily transportable unit I may also try to do more mulch jobs and light landscaping with it. A mini excavator has better digging power but I feel I would miss the front bucket.
  4. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    I have rented a tarramite about a half dozen times. Okay if there are not to many rocks. It seemed to be an okay machine. I like the idea of a small tractor with loader and 3point, you can mount a backhoe or several other pieces of equipment to it, get quite a bit of use out of one.

    The terramite would strickly be a backhoe and loader no other attachments. Any amount of digging I would use a mini-ex, they usually have a blade to make backfilling and light grading possible.
  5. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 863

    I've rented the terramite a couple of times, I doubt I will again. I just don't like it- slow hydraulics, etc. Please give this unit a demo, I'm sure its exactly what your looking for, just might be a little more than what you may have been planning on spending.

  6. Andyinchville

    Andyinchville LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    That tool carrier looks nice but I'm sure probably costs out of my price range...at least for now...Currently I have been looking to spend about 10K on either an Allmand (which I lean towards so far) or a terramite...

    Any other neat machines out there that I may have overlooked?....I did look at a
    JD 4200 Tractor today....Diesel 4x4 with FEL and Woods 750 Backhoe...402 hrs on a like new looking machine...The owner wants 16K for it tho....While I like the fact it has a 3 pt hitch for being able to use other implements I will primarily be digging holes and have heard a few people say that dedicated is the way to go because it is overall more durable.....I lean towards the 10K just to be conservative and to make sure I can get enough work for the "new" (new to me that is) mini backhoe.

    Thanks again

  7. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    A Kubota B21 is a lot more machine than a Terramite, but you won't find one for $10K. New they run in the high 20s and used starting around $14K.
  8. start2finish

    start2finish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 497

    a three point hitch backhoe is not very durable. It is extemely hard on the lift arms or subframe however it is installed. go with the B21 kubota your money will be safe because the resale will be good if you buy used or new.
  9. Andyinchville

    Andyinchville LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    Hi all,

    Just to let you know I got lucky and actually found a Allmand TLB 25D only 10 miles from my house...It is in really good condition with only 876 hours and I got it for only $7250 So I had to get this one (I really wanted a 35 Series but at this price I could have this one and get another if really needed).


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