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Old 09-10-2017, 09:17 AM   #1
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Looking at an 07 Takeuchi TB53FR with 5548 hours and a 04 Mustang ME 5002 with 4573 hours, both machines in about the same HP, shape, and in the 10k # range, just some play where bucket attaches to arm. From what I've read Mustang is made by Takeuchi. Anyone have any experience with either ? Dealer for both are within an hour ride for me. What's more important, hours on the meter or year mfg. for the same condition machine ?
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I had a Mustang Skid Steer for about a year, the thing was pretty tough. Did not break on me a lot and it was highly used when I bought it. The Bobcat 331 is a good mini excavator, I have not had any problems.

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I had a Mustang Skid Steer for about a year, the thing was pretty tough. Did not break on me a lot and it was highly used when I bought it. The Bobcat 331 is a good mini excavator, I have not had any problems.
What do you think about the difference in hours vs. year ?
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What's the price? How capable are you of working on them? How often will you use it?

I'm not an excavator but to me those are a lot of hours if you are using it a lot and have to hire out mechanical.

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What's the price? How capable are you of working on them? How often will you use it?

I'm not an excavator but to me those are a lot of hours if you are using it a lot and have to hire out mechanical.

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Asking 22k with 4500 hrs. on the Mustang and 25K with 5500 hrs.on the Takeuchi. I'm a pretty good mechanic and have a full garage with lift, welders etc.
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For down here in Texas I think those are both a little high. I don't know where you're at for how the pricing on Machinery is there
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For down here in Texas I think those are both a little high. I don't know where you're at for how the pricing on Machinery is there
Oh and Mustang is 04 Takeuchi 07. And they both say make offer. I have seen some good deal in Texas on machinery trader but must be expensive to ship ?
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If you're a good wrench, you firsthand should be able to give it a pre sale assessment.

Look on machinery trader, that will give you a good starting point in its value.

If this is your bread and butter production machine, personally. ..I wouldn't want a high hour machine.
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Remember, 5000 hours is like running 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week, for 2 and 1/2 years non stop.

My 2001 T200 Bobcat just clocked over 3050 or so, and I have only put 1200 of those hours on it.

Iron Planet auctions and research past sales are a good place to look at what these machines may sell for.....and if I was buying, I would get on Search Tempest and run a continuous search for a few weeks.

This one is close to you, 900hrs. https://albany.craigslist.org/hvo/d/...300172241.html

https://wichitafalls.craigslist.org/...265118439.html

I did a 30 second search and found nearly a hundred listings. The Bobcat would be my choice over the Mustang or Takuchie.
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BTW, I have a Mistubishi MXR35, and I wish it was a 10k machine...with a cab. It does have a zero tail and offset boom feature......but it is a gray market machine I bought for $5,500.......and I have used the tar out of the old girl for nearly 10 years....and when or if I can justify another machine, it will be a Bobcat...or the Wacker.
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This is gonna be a farm machine, so I'm not too scared of the hours, won't be used continuous. So from what you guys are saying, low hours should beat a higher hour newer machine. I had someone tell me 5000 hours is the witching hour, after that nickel and dime, don't know how true it is.
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I am saying the price you said they were asking is high for a 5000 hr machine. I posted a few listings for you to compare hours and price, and where to find a bunch more. 25k is a chunk of money for a casual use machine, no matter what the hours are. Around here, most guys who are farmers buy backhoes for utility use, and pro's buy excavators.

Although not a hard, fast rule, I would avoid rental machines as well as 5000hr machines. The exception would be getting the maintenance records with it. The "witching hour" as you call it is about the lifespan of many of the smaller engines. And guys who rent usually don't give a damn about how fast the engine is running.
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Those are essentially the same machine...

http://www.ritchiespecs.com/specific...&modelid=92815


http://www.ritchiespecs.com/specific...modelid=103511

I wouldn't think either one is worth much more than $10-12K. Probably sold new for around $50K.

Shop around, check the auction sites for historic sale prices, you can get a pretty good idea of the real life value of different machines.
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IMHO, 5000hrs is a lot for a mini. Even if you work on it yourself, you are nearing the end of major components.

If it was a 5000hr wheel loader I'd say go for it.

You should be able to find 3000 hr machines in that price range, which would be good for a farm.
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Oh and Mustang is 04 Takeuchi 07. And they both say make offer. I have seen some good deal in Texas on machinery trader but must be expensive to ship ?

You're looking at around $2000 to ship from TX to NY. Depending on who you buy from and who sets up the shipping. If you buy from a dealer who ships regularly. If you have to set it up it might be more.
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Used Equipment, get what your mechanic and parts guy know.....

If U can, rent each unit for a day of digging and get a pro operator to inspect both for wear on the bushings/ Undercarriage/track & sprockets.

Buy the one that NEVER had a concrete Hammer mounted on it......

but plumbed is handy... and a thumb.
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Anyone familiar with Hanix I found an 09 H56C with 2500 hours for 15k cash deal ? Seems like a nice machine, made in Japan, what isn't ?

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