We have always used cranes to boom trusses and large skidloader for the rest of the framing needs. With crane prices getting too high and other reasons we are going to keep our eye out for a telehandler. Big question is do we need an 8000# machine or can we get by with a 6000#? seams like they're is a better supply of the 6000 in the budget category. Main use is single story houses, but would like to be able to set them on a average 2 story on occasion. Buddy of mine says pass on the 6's , but he also ran them on large commercial mason jobs. Next question, looking at completed auctions on Ritchie bros and Ebay, and talking to others you can get a decent machine for around 20K? any input? Thanks.