What You Can Expect To Pay
Machines that are well made with modern technology do not come with bargain price tags. However, it will save you time in the long run, these machines are highly-productive and save you a lot of time. We want you to get the most out of your purchase, so here are some pricing examples:
Mini: A 15-hp walk-behind trencher with a 12-inch-wide cut is priced at $12,999; a 35-hp mini-track loader with a 1,500-lb operating capacity can cost $37,550.
Compact: A 75-hp compact track loader with an automatic track-tensioning system is priced at $59,000; a 90-hp skid steer with a vertical lift boom costs $85,000.
Mini: A 36-inch-wide, 25-hp mini-track loader with eight hours on the engine costs $16,900; a 35-hp, wide-track utility loader with 175 hours is priced at $28,500.
Compact: A 74-hp compact radial-lift skid steer with 12 hours on it is priced at $31,000; a 35-hp compact excavator with 100 hours has a price tag of $39,000.
Rent / Lease
An online survey indicates
a 24-inch walk-behind trencher can cost $200-250 a day, $550-650 a week and $1,200-1,400 a month
a mini-skid steer with 500-lb. lift capacity can cost $225-275 a day, $750-800 a week and $1,700-1,800 a month
a 3,0000-lb. compact track loader can cost $600-650 a day, $1,500-1,600 a week and $3,000-4,000 a month
a compact articulated wheel loader with a one-yard bucket can cost $350-400 a day, $900-1,000 a week and $2,800-3,100 a month
All prices are subject to change
Sit vs. Stand
With compact machines, you have to weigh your options and determine which option will benefit you more. For example, some machines, such as a tencher, may complete tasks sufficiently with a stand option. However, in the trenchers case, a sit-down model may increase productivity. If you find yourself in between a large ride-on model versus a sit-down model, the larger is recommended. Larger models usually have a higher resale value, which may benefit you in the future, especially if you are looking to trade up.
Customers that buy a compact or mini machine typically have a particular use in mind. However, we encourage you to explore options that can help accomplish other future tasks beyond the one you have in mind for this machine. For example, a skid steer may perform better in the snow however, you can use it for other clearing projects during the offseason. Some other machines you could consider for multi-purpose work would be wheel loaders, dumper trucks, mini excavators, and more!
Today's mini and compact machines are loaded with modern software and technology that allows customers to use automatic controls so that physical proximity is unnecessary. Machines with depth controls, return-to-grade controls, tolt controls, hydrostatic settings, etc. can be costly, it's important to consider if your work really needs these premium features. No need to break the bank for nonessentials.
Mini and compact equipment helps and supports the work you need to do and these machines deserve the same support. Although these machines are compact, they at times require more attention than bigger machines. Compact machines have engines and lighter dimensioned tools can become overstressed faster than a larger machine. How responsive is the dealership? How knowledgeable are they? What kind of warranties do they offer? These are questions to consider when making a purchase.
Unfortunately, being loyal to a manufacturing brand doesn't win you bonus points or a discount when it's time to check out. Keep an open mind when you are sifting through different manufacturers, it may benefit your wallet. Many manufacturers have the things you are looking for, set some filters in your search and explore all of your options. There are so many products out there, don't be afraid to try them out with someone new!
Popular Mini/Compact Machine Manufacturers
In 1990 ASV introduced consumers to the Posi-tTack rubber track systems. Recently, they merged with Yanmar, a Japanese equipment manufacturer. This partnership has been able to produce wheel loaders, track carriers, excavators, skid steers, track loaders, and more.
Bobcat took the world by storm in 1958 when they invented the skid steer. Today, they are a division of the South Korean company Doosan, where they are to this day producing skid steers. The Bobcat-Doosan are also producing other compact machinery such as track loaders, telehandlers, mini and wheeled excavators.
Boxer, based out of Michigan, offers an array of products which include four stand-on mini-skid steers, the largest has a 20-hp gas-powered model with 380-lb. lift capacity. Boxers are attachable to an auger, bucket, fork, trencher, excavator, blade, and sweeper tools.
This Wisconsin-based company made its start in 1957 when they created the first fully integrated backhoe-loader. That's not the case today, they have expanded their product line to now include track loaders, wheel loaders, mini-excavators, compact dozers, and skid steers.
This Illinois company produces various small construction machinery, including small dozers, track loaders, backhoes, and mini-excavators. They also offer some variety, for instance, the compact excavator line includes 12 models ranging from 13 to 70 hp.
Deere Construction offers an impressive inventory of compact equipment out of Illinois. Their products range from track and wheel loaders (various models) to compact excavators and skid steers.
This Oklahoma company produces a variety of trenching machines, which includes seven different walk-behind models, a stand-on model, six ride-on units, and more. Though they specialize in trenching machines, they also offer a full line of drilling equipment.
Hitachi began in 1910 as an electric motor repair shop in Japan. Today, they pride themselves on building hydraulic excavators. Their products include six compact models ranging from 15 to 53 hp.
JCB is an innovative British company that has been a leader in innovative construction equipment since 1945. Starting with just backhoes, they have since expanded their manufacturing to include skid steers, tele-handlers, compact track loaders, mini-excavators, and wheel loaders.
Kubota began in 1890 as a small local cast iron manufacturer. Today, the Japanese company has become a international equipment manufacturer. Its compact equipment lines for construction include mini-excavators, skid steers, small tractors, track and wheel loaders.
LiuGong has manufactured massive mining and construction machinery plus smaller models for the past 60 years. Its compact equipment includes track and wheel loaders, skid steers, and mini-excavators (the smallest a 24-hp model.)
When Manitou bought Gehl in 2008, they also absorbed Mustang Manufacturing (purchased by Gehl in 1997), giving consumers three brands for the price of one. Their products include compact excavators, compact telehandlers, articulated loaders, track loaders and skid steers,
When New Holland began in Pennsylvania, it only manufactured backhoe-loaders. Today, it produces farm equipment, skid steers, compact loaders, excavators, and wheel loaders.
In 1971, this Japan-based company built one of the first mini-excavators. Today the company prides itself in offering 11 different excavator models ranging from 11 to 114 hp. On top of that, they also produce track loaders, skid steers, and wheel loaders.
This Illinois company manufactures various models of a crawler carrier, which is a tracked version of a small truck with a flatbed or tilt-box bed. Its compact version is a 150-hp unit with 11,500-lb. carrying capacity.
This Minnesota-based company manufactures snow, turf, and landscape equipment. They also happen to own various brands, including Ditch Witch. It also offers a Dingo line of walk-behind and stand-on utility loaders ( with a 49-hp telescoping arm model that can lift more than 1,500 lbs.)
This Iowa company started with farm equipment like balers and rakes. Today, they offer so much more. Their inventory now includes a line of directional drills, trenchers (stand-on, remote, and ride-on), and four mini-skid steers.
This Swedish company is known for manufacturing various machinery. They are most known for construction industry products, including skid steers, track loaders, mini-excavators, compact wheel loaders.
The German company Wacker Neuson offers customers an array of machines which include small excavators, skid steers, telescopic wheel loaders, track and wheel loaders. They even offer a line of compact wheeled dumpers.