Join Date: May 2005
Location: Vero Beach, FL.
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Like trucks, it's mostly going to be personal opinion.
Until I was about 18, along with our other business', we also built our own parks, apartments, etc. We had 2 Komatsu's, one was prolly a late 70's and the other a late 80's. I can't recall the model's, but the older on had hand sterring (two levers on the dash). The newer one had foot steer. Both were used alot, and had little to no problems.
In 1998/9 we bought a Cat D5MXL, the first year they had the finger steer, and the seat sat at a 23* angle. We did not have that machine long, but it was nice!
Case makes a decent dozer as well, although we only had Case backhoes, with no real issues or complaints.