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28 minutes ago, LGP Eddie said:

If you're 8" down in someones lawn, you should have stopped a long while ago and thought of a better plan.

Who's comparing sub 2 tonne to 2.8/3 tonners anyway, different classes and they both have a place.

 

I was merely saying a Takeuchi TB225 @ 2.4 tonne will suit many guys on here, they'll fetch exactly the same rate as a 2.8 tonner, not rip the arse out of your truck towing, and a fair chance of getting all your kit on the trailer legally.

It'll also manage a decent days work and get in where no 2.8 tonner can, as being able to magically take 400mm off the machine width for access isn't to be ignored.

 

I think general Arb and landscaping applications are getting a bit crossed with woodland and site clearance.

 

 

Eddie.

 

 

Yeah that’s fair enough- I wasn’t really thinking about lawns and more manicured environments though. 

Just saying that for those considering a machine with expanding tracks generally sub 2 to  they have their downsides in a woodland/countryside setting. This picture is a pretty standard ground condition for me- soft and deep peat and I know a digger with expanding tracks and the low undercarriage  is a pain in the arse here.

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For most of my work I think I’d struggle with a machine smaller than my 6 tonne volvo

ive often thought that a smaller machine might be handy but if I need to get into somewhere generally I can sell the concept of removing a fence post and reinstating it at the end off the job to make the job more efficient and ultimately a bit cheaper 

 

Long term il probably end up with a 8-9 tonne machine 

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1 hour ago, donnk said:

rubber duck!

 

No transport costs, drive it to site.

We’re going to see more of them and a few Backhoe’s again too as Vosa continue to ramp up getting these Tractors/Mogs and Low loaders running illegally off the road.

 

 

Eddie.

 

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9 minutes ago, donnk said:

dont hold your breath, never seen vosa ever locally.

Oh they’re catching up, guys don’t tend to post it on the media when they’ve been had, and the next you know a few more local outfits start to disappear.

 

They’re onto it big time and a few have chucked the lot and gone 2.8 tonners for less hassle.

 

Eddie.

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5 minutes ago, LGP Eddie said:

Oh they’re catching up, guys don’t tend to post it on the media when they’ve been had, and the next you know a few more local outfits start to disappear.

 

They’re onto it big time and a few have chucked the lot and gone 2.8 tonners for less hassle.

 

Eddie.

About time too in my opinion

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rubber duck!
 
No transport costs, drive it to site.
Definitely see a lot of them in Europe being used in tree work but how good they are off Rd I'm not sure, been one about 12t I'd guess with a 3 piece boom working on scotch corner for quite a while and seen him dragging himself around with the bucket quite a few times on just slightly wet ground. Very strange seeing them off down the road, would like to know how the hub motors would hold up to any distance at full speed?

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7 hours ago, LGP Eddie said:

Oh they’re catching up, guys don’t tend to post it on the media when they’ve been had, and the next you know a few more local outfits start to disappear.

 

They’re onto it big time and a few have chucked the lot and gone 2.8 tonners for less hassle.

 

Eddie.

Given how cheap it is to rent larger machines and throw in the transport hassles on top, it’s a wonder anyone bothers owning anything bigger than 2.8t! Unless of course its specialist. I think if I go down the route of getting a 5-8 tonner I might find it best just to use a local beaver tail guy to move it around, generally not too bad if it’s on a job for a while.

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when I had my 8 tonner I used my mate with his Beavertail, £70 an hour and usually he could collect and drop off in an hour as he would tie it in with other stuff.

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