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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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One would need to look at Easman Ingersoll for a dealer listing, as Eastman now is the name, as is Ingersoll.

JB- I use a Case 648 around job sites, and for getting into tight quarters it is great for backfilling and moving materials. Mine does not have a backhoe on it though, just a loader and some forks I made for it. I have never put a backhoe on it , as I feel a dedicated excavator is a much more suitable machine for digging around foundations and the like. Rentals are easy LOL.

I have used machines like a Case 580 ( wheeled loader / backhoe ) on sites, and they are great for moving materials around, or long trenching work. Keep in mind they get really long/ cumbersome on a house / addition site so if you have the room to swing them around , then great, a rubber tired combi unit might just be your thing.....

But, for anything like site work (topsoil stripping, excavating for the basement, foundation work) , I prefer an excavator and skidsteer combo working in tandem anyday.
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Larry- here's a pic of a 7020 for 'ya.


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Glad we helped you spend bigger money :ROF:ROF:ROF
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