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Advice needed on the most versatile machine for me

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So after a few months hanging out in the Lawn and Garden section I am starting to think about a CUT for some of my Spring projects. I am going to try and describe my intended use and experience as well as I can. Hopefully you all will have some recommendations to point me in the right direction.

I am a General Contractor doing Residential additions, remodeling, repairs, and some new construction. For years I have rented either a mini-ex or skid steer whenever needed for the job. However now that I am getting into tractor in general and some larger scale projects I am thinking a CUT loader backhoe might be the best machine for me.

One reason I am leaning toward the CUT is the versatility of the rear hitch and/or a quick disconnect on the loader. This way I can rent or down the line purchase attachments for post holes, seeding, soil prep etc. as I go. I would like to keep the machine plus trailer weight below 10k for easy towing. I think 4wd would be very helpful as I tend to get myself into "those spots" very often. Also I would like the machine to be used and less the 10k in price.

Being that I have been enjoying nothing but Case garden tractors I was originally looking into a Case 7020 LBH. I really like the set up of these machines and have gotten very comfortable with working on them. However I am not sure the 7020 will be big enough for some of my tasks. The biggest project I have in mind for this spring will be the site work associated with a 30x30 addition with a 4 foot deep crawlspace for the foundation. This would also include some trenching and digging for the septic and utilities. Anything bigger than this and I would still hire an excavator for the work.

Thanks in advance for the input and advice. If you need any other info on my plans please don't hesitate to ask.
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I looked up the 7020 on Not much info regarding loader/backhoe/hydraulics specs. What little there was, along with 1 picture that I found, indicates that it is slightly smaller physically, less horsepower and slightly heavier (for the tractor alone) than my MF GC2310, the JD2210 and the Kubota BX25, which all have diesel engines. These are all SCUTs, sub-compact utility tractors. CUTs are a little bigger.

As a home owner, with or without acreage, a gas engine is fine. As a contractor, where fuel costs and service intervals affect the profit margin, fuel efficient and durable diesels make a lot more sense.

Check out the loader and backhoe specs on the above tractors and compare them to the 7020. For the 30' X 30' X 4' excavation, any of these tractors can do the job, given enough time. Reach and swing are the limiting factors for large area excavations for TLBs. The dirt has to be moved twice. For a contractor, time is money and you'll be further ahead renting an excavator. The rest of the intended tasks are within the capabilities of all of the above equipment.

There was less than 5 hours between your posts. Give us a chance. There aren't as many SCUT owners of all colours as there are for many GT brands. Check out the daily post count for John Deere SCUTs and GTs for comparison. It bugs us, too! But we've all learned to be patient. The info is there, it just takes a while for the right person to come on line.
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