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Old 03-22-2015, 12:12 PM   #1
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Going to test thing thing out this week. Got rid of our very high hour Hitachi 200 end of last year and need a replacement. 2006 with approx. 6200 hours, bucket, stick and boom seem very tight and seems to run pretty well. Put it through a little work and see what happens.
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Old 03-22-2015, 07:31 PM   #2
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Hard to go wrong with a Deere.

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You buying through a dealer or private seller ?? Was it a forestry machine ?? I noticed the guards on the counterweight.
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Backhoe, we've never owned a Deere hoe but you can't beat there small dozers and the small motor grader we've got they just have very little problems. The hitachi's are basically a Deere with the Isuzu engine and we love them as well.

Rino, Small dealer in the area we've bought a few things from in the past. He's pretty good at evaluating machines they seem to be what he says they are. We bought a 450H Deere and a 570 Deere grader from him, just tell him what we are looking for and he goes and finds it. Little pricey but he does most of the work and he has to make some money also.

He found this machine in southern WV somewhere and bought it himself but is giving us the 1st option if we like it. I think it was a machine that pretty much did everything. Pictures he sent us when he went to look at it showed it being a line hoe. I like the guards though our hitachi didn't have a bend in it for the longest time til we hired a guy off the street that just isn't the same operator as our normal guys. Now both the back doors next to the counterweight are bent.
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We've had 5 JD excavators. Right now we have 2008 JD160 and
1999 JD230. Always had pretty good luck with them.
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Glad to hear it. Unless this thing really doesn't seem right for some reason we'll most likely cut a check for it. We've gotten used to having two hoes this size for the last few years.
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Will you need a coupler? thumb? looks like it is already plumbed?

These are the things that get expensive... Buying the excavator seems to be the easy part.
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That's another selling point for us, we've got a helac in the shop we took off the old machine before we sold it. If we buy it it will get set up just like our other one, we've gotten used to having the tilt feature it's real nice especially fine grading. We've also got a thumb that might go on it but will need a few modifications to fit.
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you'll like it. deere just makes a great product
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Anyone ever change the main pin from the boom to the actual machine. That seems to be the only one on the machine that has a little play in it? I'm sure our mechanic can handle it with some help but just don't know how big the job really is?

Thanks Gene, we really like all of the Deere equipment we've got but I think we have been spoiled with the hitachi hoes being so good to us. They are about the same machine though, just different engines. I guess we'll see how many of the small things the dealer is willing to fix to sell this thing, we've got a list started already.

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