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Ok, Im looking to purchase a mini-ex in the 7-10K Lbs range 30-40Hp. Im looking at a 331 Bobcat and New Holland Ec35 both with cabs. Any advise on brands needing less maintenance, lasting longer, Etc....


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somebody please answer this question - i am considering buying one of similar size - anyone particular things to look out for in used mini- ex's?
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i have ran the bobcat myself personally and didn't really care for it too much. it was apretty new machine and i thought it was pretty sloppy and under powered. if you want a reliable good all around machine you can't go wrong with a john deere ctz 27... we have a few of them and they are smooth got decent power and the swing is pretty quick. i personally like the cat or ditch witch. both are super smooth really fast swing and great power for their size. stay away from vermeer the hydraulics are very touchy and its nearly impossible to be smooth with the controls. but it has the best power of any mini i have ran literally it will dig as hard as a 310 hoe.

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I would say go for the bobcat or john deere.

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i have used the kabota mini excavator and liked its power and smoothness, , but kobelco have one of the fastest dig cycles out there
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A couple years ago I was in the market for a slightly larger machine, about the 11,000 pound machine. I tried bobcat, cat, kubota, and takeuchi. I ended up with the Takeuchi TB145. I really didn't like the bobcat. It felt weak and unresponsive. The Cat was nice, but awfully expensive. I really liked the feel of the Kubota, and it was the cheapest one. But I ended up with the Takeuchi. It was the most responsive machine I found and traditionally has the least maintenance issues. It is a little more expensive than the bobcat, but not much. I wanted to try out a deere, but our local dealer would never call me back despite 5 messages.

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i have ran the kubota johndeer kamotsu and Takeuchi. the kubota is a pita to work on and parts are expensive, the JD is a great all around machine. if you have someone else running it i would go with the JD (parts are cheap and mostly avalible through napa. and its kinda lower on the power spectrum but very productive) the kamotsu and the takeuchi are very close together in power,productivity,serviceability,and part pricing/availability. i liked the kamotsu the most. pound for pound i felt it had the most power, versatility and maneuverability. it felt more stable and secure on grades and wasnt jerky at all.

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i agree with floridaboy, ive ran cats,JD,takeuchi,bobcat,and komatsu and the komatsu was by far the nicest machine. had awsome power and was very quick and smooth. it was a pc35MR3 had 700 hrs on it.... JD is probably my second pick...

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I got a Komatsu 50 and its older but 1 rugged machine. I like the Cats and Deeres but pricey. Check out the Gehls. they're tough, moderately priced, smooth and powerful.

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7-8K Mini ex is my next purchase, too. I'm looking at Taks & JD's, but as usual it will prolly come down to what machine is the best deal at the time I need to buy.

I like the JD ZTS with a thumb.

Can't decide on cab or OROPS. My budget will probably do it for me.
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