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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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Over 60 views and no opinions. I'm sure some one has some sort of info. C'mon guys
Ok sorry for the super long delay. All of your guys great advice really got me thinking about what would be the proper equipment for me. You guys are right I was way off with the idea of using the 7020 on construction sites.

The delay is due to me researching the heck out of other options and hanging out on learning about the new toys.
I reevaluated the actual needs for spring and the #1 money maker will be a Lull. At first this was disappointing as it would eat up my entire budget and I would have to pay to have it towed around. Then I checked around and found some great deals out there.
Then I found out it isnt too hard to get a CDL here in CT and a budy of mine is willing to help teach me. On top of that I have seen some more great deals on older single axle dumps with trailers, so I can tow the Lull to jobs myself.
Bu then what good is a dump without something to fill it and back to our original question. Since I will have the CDL, trailer and truck I wont have the weight restriction of my previous searches. I can get a full size backhoe and yet again there are great deals out there.
Thanks for the advice guys. I dont think a CUT will be right for me, but your advice was invaluable in getting me to where I needed to be. Now once the final details of these spring projects are wrapped up I can stop lurking on Craigslist and start picking up the new fleet of toys.
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Glad we helped you spend bigger money :ROF:ROF:ROF
Definitely more money, 20k instead of 10k. But I think money much better spent. With this set up I will be able to make my money back quickly. Heck just the Lull itself would cost me 2.5k per month in rental fees, so 8 months of use and the whole package was free:trink39:
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