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    https://www.buddplant.co.uk Is an easy one that's close

    as for models, hours etc, depends on your budget and what you want from it.

    in my opinion get the biggest that you can manage and jcb would always be last option below 13ton

     

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  • Good deals on finance for new at the moment. Eg, over five years payments of around £270 per month- 2% flat rate finanance. One job a month and it's paid for. Second hand they're all much of a muchness- they'll all have a fair bit of wear, they may be faultless or you may get a lemon. You shouldnt loose much on one unless it goes majorly wrong, but I like new as they are so cheap per month for the man hours they save.

    I second what Simon says about JCB. If you're going micro I'd look at a Bobcat or Kobelco with servo controls- miles more productive than the lever operated machines.

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    Curious to know why jcb would be last option. Also whats differnce between servo control and lever control? My personal experience is hired in kubota or hitachi.

    • Small JCBs are just gutless. All modern diggers except the micros have servo controls- a low pressure circuit controlled by the joysticks acting upon the main valves. Most micros have levers direct to the valves- much more jerky, tiring and harder to control. So I would go for a more modern one (Bobcat E10 for example) with servo controls if you go for a micro.

       

      • PRO

        Cheers Ben, Great info. That explains the jerkyness i get when using hired micros. Can make things really tricky, especially near buildings, fences, etc.

  • PRO

    Been on a 3t takeuchi and a 3 t JCB the week before. Would take the tak every time.

  • i bought a second hand kubota k008 4 years ago. cost me about 4.5 k with 2400 hrs on the clock. was about 12 years old. absolute gem. very little has gone wrong with it. i service it myself, everything is easy, including changing tracks. tracks extend and contract so i can get it in through an opening minimum of 715mm. more than powerful enough for small garden stuff and driveways. have a large bucket for loading loose materials with and another good buy was a concrete pecker which is great for old driveways. paid for itself many times over.

    beware of lthings on ebay that look too good. there are a lot of scams. go to one where you can see it, test it and take it away.

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    We've got 2 Bobcat E-10 and they are great little machines, one we've had 3 years and the other 1 year, the service from Bobcat is excellent and they are pretty robust and powerful, we;ve got a pecker attachment as well which comes in really useful, there great for most sized paving or driveway jobs so would highly recommend. 

  • PRO

    I have had a JCB Micro 8010 for over 10 years would`t be with out one now. Far more powefull than most of the smaller micros. No big problems in that time. If i was to replace it, would get the same again if it was a older machine or maybe a Bobcat if i was buying nearly new

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