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so im thinking about adding a 24hp excavator because this year I've been getting more calls for that type of work but I'm also thinking of the tlb just to do both and I can rent the excavator anytime. still going to be doing a lot of mowing this year but we do driveways and have done land clearing in the past so I'm just thinking what has anyone else gone with?
 

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the tlb will be more versatile, but the excavator will be more compact. if you only need the functions of the excatvator, get it. if you need that plus loader/tractor work, get the tlb.
 

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I had a small 30hp tractor/loader for years. It is pretty versatile for landscape work. I had a few attachments: lesco 3 pt aerator, forks, harley rake, york rake, brush cutter, snow thrower. A TLB has the backhoe of course, but if it can't be removed, it limits your options.

I think a tractor/loader and a mini-ex is a perfect combination for maintenance and small landscaping work.
 

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I had a small 30hp tractor/loader for years. It is pretty versatile for landscape work. I had a few attachments: lesco 3 pt aerator, forks, harley rake, york rake, brush cutter, snow thrower. A TLB has the backhoe of course, but if it can't be removed, it limits your options.

I think a tractor/loader and a mini-ex is a perfect combination for maintenance and small landscaping work.
most backhoe attachments for tractors can be removed, but i believe most heavy equipment-class backhoe loaders have the backhoe built in.
 

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I have a fairly old Kubota B7800 with a subframe mounted backhoe. I can put the backhoe on or off in about 5 minutes (it helps that it is on dollies on a concrete floor so I can shift it into position as needed to align with tractor). While it may not be the ideal equipment for every purpose, with attachments the versatility for digging / loading / scraping / mowing / augering / dragging / spraying / hoisting and much more makes it a good choice for me.
 

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the tlb will be more versatile, but the excavator will be more compact. if you only need the functions of the excatvator, get it. if you need that plus loader/tractor work, get the tlb.
about what I was thinking because I'm bidding a driveway job and the guy wants the ditch dug out couldn't do it with a backhoe so I can rent the excavator but when he wants the rest of the driveway put in I figured I can do that with a backhoe
 

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I had a small 30hp tractor/loader for years. It is pretty versatile for landscape work. I had a few attachments: lesco 3 pt aerator, forks, harley rake, york rake, brush cutter, snow thrower. A TLB has the backhoe of course, but if it can't be removed, it limits your options.

I think a tractor/loader and a mini-ex is a perfect combination for maintenance and small landscaping work.
yeah the Kubota's well the newer ones the backhoe on most can be removed and the tractor attachments can be put on I think the john deere was the same when they made them
 

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I have a fairly old Kubota B7800 with a subframe mounted backhoe. I can put the backhoe on or off in about 5 minutes (it helps that it is on dollies on a concrete floor so I can shift it into position as needed to align with tractor). While it may not be the ideal equipment for every purpose, with attachments the versatility for digging / loading / scraping / mowing / augering / dragging / spraying / hoisting and much more makes it a good choice for me.
I figured bidding jobs ya price in your gonna be slower than a guy with a mini or a skid I think can get 75-90 with the backhoe and like 100-150 per the mini and skid so I mean just gotta know that there 6-hour job might take you 8 but if your pricing it right you will get it done and still be cheaper. plus my whole thought is transportation and only being by my self I don't have a worker that can help run equpimet
 

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Hands down a 3 ton class mini-X I've done both and it's way more useful. Must haves is a thumb, 1 and 2 foot digging buckets and 3 foot grading bucket.
 

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If your looking at a 35 sized mini ex, you could haul it and a skid steer on a gooseneck trailer to help in mobilization. The 35 sized machine is a good size, big enough you can dig waterlines and so forth with enough lift capacity to be able to put a decent sized rock retaining walls. Yet its light enough that you can transport it easily. A skid steer is just so much faster than a compact tractor or TLB. The 180 degree limitation on a backhoe always seems to be an issue on smaller jobs. There issues with a SSL is it making a mess at times, laying down plywood can be an option on sensitive ground, goes back to what you want to do with it.
 

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Mini- Ex is going to be way more productive for digging than a backhoe.

Backhoes are kind of good at a lot of things but great at nothing.
 
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I started with a TLB because I couldn’t afford a mini and skid and then I bought a mini. I sold the backhoe after the mini purchase and bought a skid steer. Or CTL actually. The order you buy things really depends on what you’re doing.
I can afford the mini could probably buy a bobcat 753 or something older for the skid for the time being
 

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If your looking at a 35 sized mini ex, you could haul it and a skid steer on a gooseneck trailer to help in mobilization. The 35 sized machine is a good size, big enough you can dig waterlines and so forth with enough lift capacity to be able to put a decent sized rock retaining walls. Yet its light enough that you can transport it easily. A skid steer is just so much faster than a compact tractor or TLB. The 180 degree limitation on a backhoe always seems to be an issue on smaller jobs. There issues with a SSL is it making a mess at times, laying down plywood can be an option on sensitive ground, goes back to what you want to do with it.
well I like the Yanmar and I like Takeuchi I'm not a fan of my local kubota dealer which is a shame. either way this year I wanna grow at a good rate and add more services. a backhoe I know id still have to rent a mini I was just thinking of a starter machine and then going that way. the whole issue here is money because I don't have enough of it to buy everything brand new with no payments
 
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