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best mini excavator opinions on the current market

Discussion in 'Compact Excavators' started by trombeur, Nov 19, 2021.

  1. trombeur

    trombeur Senior Member

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    hi sorry if I disturb, could kindly which in your opinion in the current market is the best mini excavator, the most practical manageable safe, such as the weight, the measures and the ideal power to do a bit of all the work both in the construction sector and in the agricultural sector landscaping and forestry. thanks sorry for the unusual question.
    KUBOTA U55-4?
    KX040-4 di Kubota??

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  2. catalystgilles

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    We've got a KX-040 that we like. It has been good for about 2 years with no real issues.

    Pros:
    Good digging power even with added tilt unit length
    So far everything has been easy to maintain.
    Exhaust doesn't Regen much if you run it throttled up when working.
    The 6 way blade is really handy for a do it all machine on small residential jobs.

    Minor annoyances are:
    Cab is pretty tight
    Controls are fast, but almost too twitchy
    We use it with a helac tilt unit and the extra weight makes it tippy with more than the ditching bucket.

    Dislike:
    The pin style quick change system is too loose.

    If we were looking again today I would be focusing on Deere, Kubota, and Takeuchi. We would like to get a 20k lb machine next year now that we are starting to use the dump truck more. The TB290 is probably the current leader from basic research.
     
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  3. trombeur

    trombeur Senior Member

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    I believe that the ideal weight for a handyman machine is 3 maximum 4 tons to do small and maybe bigger jobs, I could be wrong, I think an excavator on 3 tons I could use it for the campaign for construction and landscaping works, of the famous caterpillar komatsu , volvo hitachi and bobcat what do you think, what limits and qualities do you attribute to it, I think the kubota is spartan but generous in terms of performance, weight and power. am I wrong ?? takeuchi I don't know them unfortunately.


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  4. KSSS

    KSSS Senior Member

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    I don't know that there is really a bad mini out there. Saying what is best, is really about what features you want, which machine you prefer to run, and which dealer you prefer to work with. Machines in the size your looking for beyond the machines you listed, I would consider the Wacker Neuson ET42. Very impressive performance and they are built just North of you.
     
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  5. Aarons81

    Aarons81 Well-Known Member

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    Wacker makes many decent things. The hydraulics on there excavators leaves something to be desired. I've ran all of there minis up to the 100 series, and they just don't have a smooth feel to the controls. Sometimes it actually delays and doesn't stop where you want it, or delays and then you over correct and smack something. Just my personal opinion on Wacker. I'm not swinging iron every day so I've opted for the midrange equipment until we are really seeing more of that work. I've got a case-cx37c, a LB 80X3, and a JD 160lc. We only put about a 1000k hours a year on the smaller stuff, and the 160 is a work horse doing 8-10 hr days 6 days a week. It doesn't have a hard job, but it doesn't stop all day. I like most name brand mini's other than wacker and bobcat.
     
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    KSSS Senior Member

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    If you get a chance to run the WN ET series of machines, do so, and see what you think.

    They handle much different than the older series of machines.
     
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    Good day
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  8. Canuck Digger

    Canuck Digger Well-Known Member

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    Out of the mainstream brands I don't think there are "bad" brands. They're all just a little different with different strengths and weaknesses. First and foremost, define your needs! See/run as many as you can. Make sure u can get parts. Is zero tail swing of importance? Are you running attachments? What are you transporting the machine with? You'll slowly start to eliminate a lot of models. Pick something with a Kubota or Yanmar power.
     
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  9. CapnDean

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    and while you are comparing machines.....make sure you make a fiar comparison. I just sold a Cat 303.5 and bought a Volvo ECR58D. The difference is night & day but the comoparison is unjust. Comparing a 30 HP 4 ton machine to a 50 HP 6 ton machine. Not even close.
     
  10. skyking1

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    And that cuts both directions. I'd be handicapped with your new machine on many of the jobs I have to do. It is really a subjective question with no right answer.
     
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    I stumbled on to this thread and have to mention that in my kx040 you can see the ground from the cab in the area around the track controls. Kubota did not try to seal the cab, at all. The only thing that keeps the outside out in the floor is the kinda loose fitting floor mat. I hope its something the new -5 series address.
     
  12. skyking1

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    I run a John Deere 35G for my daily machine. I rented a 303.5 Cat and just got off it a bit ago, and my impression is, I prefer the JD. For whatever reason the 303.5 seems a bit less stable. Both machines have angle blades, my JD has a cab. Both are the current model offering.
    One of the features the 303.5 has is a blade float option, and that annoyed me as well. I want the blade to go down and stabilize my machine, and not have to monkey around getting down pressure out of it.