Two trencher crews

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Construct'O, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. Construct'O

    Construct'O LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Sw Iowa
    Messages: 1,387

    Thinking about trying to run to trenching crews ,but!!!!

    Need more equipment,imagine that:)got two trenchers,two minis and support equipment,but need another CTL for backfilling.

    Need to rent or lease for now.Would wether rent.Will rentals places rent by the hour and not days.Reason for that the machine would be setting quite abit of the time while trenching.So hour wouldn't add up to fast.

    Could trenching most of the day then backfill later in the day.Might need it to back fill trench to make my connections.

    Any other thoughts? I'm looking at getting 4+1 bucket.Checking Bobcats,with the 0% for 42 months.Only thing is i need to get it done now since two more days and that is gone.Oct. 31 deadline.

    Rental palce is 20 miles away and does have a CTL machine.So that is option.Dealers don't have any CTL setting around close and it would have to be a demo machine.

    Guess i could check with my Cat dealer,they would have something,but is 2 hour drive away?Plus the never ending rainy season is back,winter on the way.What i'm i thinking,getting more done before winter hits:rolleyes::usflag:
  2. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,607

    Trenching for what?
  3. Construct'O

    Construct'O LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Sw Iowa
    Messages: 1,387

    Also would like some thoughts on the Bobcat 4+1 buckets. Ron has given his ,but looking for more thoughts and so fore.

    The bolt on edge looks good idea.They say on their website they have extra reinforment on the bottom of bucket.Other options welcome ,but the )% percent interest helps.Dealer is 16 miles away,so that is good.

    Ron!!!!!!!!!! how is the tilttac working out for you:confused:Is it tuff enough to use with an 84" bucket?:usflag:
  4. Construct'O

    Construct'O LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Sw Iowa
    Messages: 1,387

    I do field drainage tiling(trenching ) for farmers and install a lot of feet of drainage tile.So lots of backfilling.Last job put in 50k feet of tile.:usflag:
  5. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,454

    Constructo: If you rent, which I think would be a good idea, work out a deal with the rental store that your rental amount paid goes to your down payment if you decide to buy.
    I don't know the cost of the bobcat 4/1 that and I will do some comparison shopping :)
  6. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    You may have to lease a machine most rental places are day rentals that go off the hour meter you can work the machine for 8 hours once it goes past 8 hours your in the next day rental. It was that way when I worked for a rental shop.

    If you lease a machine you will be gauranteed it will be new so if you do want to buy it its a new machine not a beat to h*ll rental.
  7. Construct'O

    Construct'O LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Sw Iowa
    Messages: 1,387

    Well,just got home from work it is dark so was time to quit.

    This morning call rental place and they have a Mustang 20 which is an 80 hp machine.Rent $250 a day,680 a week, and 2500 a month.I'm thinking month would be best for me.

    Could use it a month,by then thing will be going south afar as winter setting in.Next size down was MTL16,might do the just just slower.2000 a month.How this sound to what some of you guys have paid for rentals??????

    Rock not wanting to buy a machine really since just bought a new mini, and 4-wheeler for work.

    I'm going to get a 4-1 Bobcat bucket.$4700 out the door.Heavyduty bucket with bolt on cutting edge and teeth.Got to get around early in the morning to get my credit check and sign things.

    Up in the air on the rent thing.Need another operator,but got one that can help fpo a while.

    Well off to neighbors for supper.Thanks for the replys:usflag:
  8. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,245

    Construct'O, those rental rates sound about the same as up here. Sometimes it sucks to pay for rentals but it is a way to get hold of a machine and if work dries up you can send it back and walk away, if you stay busy then keep the machine and maybe end up buying it.
  9. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,138

    There's a dude in town with a T250, and his Tilt-Tach never comes off, so I guess they are tough.

    Virnig has a nice combo bucket, minimax has a sweet one too, look for the type that have bolt on edges on the dozer blade part, I do a lot of final scraping and that edge wears fast.
    Cat's combo buckets look more like Virnigs, and they look a little beefier.
  10. minimax

    minimax LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 734

    $4700 dollars sounds way to high to me.I payed $2500 for a 78" 4 in 1 from deere with the bolt on edge.


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