Guess this makes me the newest of the new guys.....
Name's Denny Little, from Ellijay, Ga.
First operated back in '73 or so, as a young college kid on a summer job - went from a Bobcat to a Scoopmobile and a 50's vintage Wabco Scraper that summer, and kept at it for a few summers.
Retired early last year after 26 years in the Army, and now trying my hand at returning to honest work. Tooka job as an operator for a local loghome builder, so I worked for a few months on a JD310SE, small dozer and loader. Left that when the boss decided to get out of the excavation business.
Since then, been working as spare labor with a couple different guys, doing all kinds of work, from retaining walls to stone masonry.
Am in the middle of taking the plunge to start my own business, and plan to continue with retaining walls, driveway maintenance and some finish grading. Planning to stay a one man operation, as this is a semi-retirement job. I intend to do first rate work, but maybe not six days a week.
Am interested to see if anyone is in a similar position, and if anyone has a few recommendations and/or experiences to share. I'm considering equipment, and really think something like a JD 110TLB would work well for the kinds of jobs I intend to pursue. I'm also considering a smaller tractor with a hoe and a few other attachments (front bucket, forks and a good scrape blade) since "small and maneuverable" is better for what I want to do.
I've seen lots of guys with skid loaders struggle to do the kinds of jobs I'm seeking, but I've not seen anyone locally with a small backhoe as their sole piece of equipment. Am I missing anything here?
Is a JD 110TLB worth the premium cost over one of the midsize tractors, like the green JDs, Masseys, or Kabotas?
Anyway, look forward to conversing with a few kindred souls.
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