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    I'm having a bit of a time choosing between 2 excavators. What I'm looking for is an expandable track compact model. The 2 machines I have been considering are a 2004 model kubota kx41-3v and a 2002 model gehl 222 model with 7 hrs. Both are near the same price. The gehl model is a 2 and a quarter ton model with the variable track width and a 15 deg "house levelling" which basically allows the operator to dig level even on a slope up to 15 deg. Warranty on both are identical. The kubota is a 1 and a half ton model with the variable tracks. Any input would be welcomed.

    I haven't really considered any other models since I would like to remain as close as possible to the dealer for service and parts etc.

    Andyman

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    Welcome to TBN, andyman.

    You join the ranks of such fine TBN members as AndyF, AndyMA, andystix, and me, AndyM. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img] [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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    Hey, welcome, I see you've migrated over here from Lanwsite.com Got a little heated over there huh? lol [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    Blake
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    It would be worth your time to try the Volvo. I rented a small one (tracks retract to 39") recently, it was a remarkable machine. It could swing a 24" bucket full of wet dirt.


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    I have to stick with someone close by. I've done quite a bit of research on the subject and from what I've seen the kubota and gehl, maybe the tachechi would best suit my needs.

    andyman

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    Waiting for delivery of a JD 50c ZTS. Should be here in a week. Trailer arrived end of Feb.

    Should have a lot of fun with it. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

    Ray

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    </font><font color="blue" class="small">( I'm having a bit of a time choosing between 2 excavators. What I'm looking for is an expandable track compact model. The 2 machines I have been considering are a 2004 model kubota kx41-3v and a 2002 model gehl 222 model with 7 hrs. Both are near the same price. The gehl model is a 2 and a quarter ton model with the variable track width and a 15 deg "house levelling" which basically allows the operator to dig level even on a slope up to 15 deg. Warranty on both are identical. The kubota is a 1 and a half ton model with the variable tracks. Any input would be welcomed.

    I haven't really considered any other models since I would like to remain as close as possible to the dealer for service and parts etc.

    Andyman )</font>

    Andyman,

    I have the GEHL 362 with house leveling. I have operated many mini Ex.

    I can't say enough good things about my 362. It is made by Neuhouse industries in Austria. Gehl bought Neuhouse.
    Fantastic German engineering. Fantastic reliability. I have had mine for 2 years and not even a single problem. Nothing.
    Machine is a thing of rare beauty and a joy forever. You can't go wrong with the GEHL. BTW it has a 4cyl. Yanmar Diesel.

    I bought mine from Studer Super Service in Wisconsin, great dealer. But I live in Md.

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    Andyman,
    I purchased a new kubota KX41-2SV about 2 years ago. I found it to be a great machine. However, I traded it for a new Kubota KX61-2S machine. The KX41 was too small for installing septic systems which is what i used the machine.

    I have tried several other machines and have found Kubota to be the best. You will never make a mistake with a Kubota machine.

    Hope this helps.

    Jon [img]/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

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    </font><font color="blue" class="small">(
    I have tried several other machines and have found kubota to be the best. You will never make a mistake with a Kubota machine.

    Hope this helps.

    Jon [img]/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
    )</font>

    I agree Kubota also makes a very fine machine.
    Charlie

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    Thanks for the input guys. The gehl that I did try is quite reduced in price but what bugs me a bit is that its a 2000 model. It has only (7) seven hours on it but still, its already 4 years old. The machine has house levelling which is a bonus. Anyway will let you know what happens. My kubota dealer has the new kx41-3v but it came without the bucket, so I will have to wait another week or so til it arrives.
    I believe 2000 was there first year produced, is the quality on par with the newer models?

    Andyman

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