Knowing the tractor you want, and the market for it is a start, but it can all go out the window after a little hands-on time with the actual machine. It may have lived a hard life, and be worth half as much, or it may be a barn queen in mint condition and justifiably cost a pile more. For the rookie tractor buyer or the mechanically disinclined, this is where knowledgeable friends come into play.
On the end of the stick is usually a bucket. A wide, large capacity (mud) bucket with a straight cutting edge is used for cleanup and levelling or where the material to be dug is soft, and teeth are not required. A general purpose (GP) bucket is generally smaller, stronger, and has hardened side cutters and teeth used to break through hard ground and rocks. Buckets have numerous shapes and sizes for various applications. There are also many other attachments which are available to be attached to the excavator for boring, ripping, crushing, cutting, lifting, etc. Excavators in Scandinavia often feature a tiltrotator which allows attachments rotate 360 degrees and tilt +/- 45 degrees, in order to increase the flexibility and precision of the excavator.
1Qualified equipment includes either a 314G or 318G canopy unit with 10”x16.5” tires, 2” seat belt, and 66” construction bucket. Example based on a 314G lease of $30,076 with a 10% advanced lease payment, monthly payment $379 for 36 months; or a 318G lease of $32,516 with a 10% advanced lease payment, monthly payment $399 for 36 months. Lease terms include 600 hours per year. For an additional $50 per month (USD), customers can upgrade to a 314G or 318G with a cab.
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