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Cat 350l excavator for sale?
The excavator in the picture is a very basic 350 l version, I've a similar one from the same company and it's great. I was thinking about getting a larger excavator for backfilling and carrying out larger jobs, however, I've heard the 350l version is the best for the job.
I'm not a fan of having to get the parts for another version, not to mention the extra costs and the amount of time it will take to get it.
So has anyone been in this position before and what have you done? Any advice would be appreciated
"A lot of people don't like taking advice, but you need to know what you're getting into. Before I bought my first digger, I'd been reading around and had talked to a few people, it made a world of difference to me and I really found out the facts about purchasing a machine."
"I've got a 350l excavator which is great for what I use it for but there are several more powerful versions out there. I don't mind paying for the upgrade but what I'd really like is a few key features but my supplier couldn't supply them due to production issues. So I'm in the same position as you. What I'd really like is a bit more digging depth and some extra horsepower but as I sd, I'm happy enough with the current model. All I need to know is, I guess, would you consider upgrading or has anyone you know done it?"
I've had a 350 l for 6 years and it's good for 1.5 hour backfilling job in a quarry. It's a decent size backfiller/loader, but I wouldn't want to buy one because I don't like the way it handles. I'd look into a bigger 300 l. The difference is that the 350 l has a 2.5 tonne engine, and the 300 l has a 3 tonne engine. The 350 l can lift a 2 tonne backfill load and move it around and the 300 l can move 3 tonnes. The 300 l also has more power and a better bucket so it's worth getting.
"I've got a 350 l for 6 years and it's good for 1.5 hour backfilling job in a quarry. It's a decent size backfiller/loader, but I wouldn't want to buy one because I don't like the way it handles. I'd look into a bigger 300 l. The difference is that the 350 l has a 2.5 tonne engine, and the 300 l has a 3 tonne engine. The 350 l can lift a 2 tonne backfill load and move it around and the 300 l can move 3 tonnes. The 300 l also has more power and a better bucket so it's worth getting."
Hi Mark, Thanks for the information. I've done some reading about this machine and I like the idea of the smaller version so much. As you can tell, I like the 300-lb version because it looks so awesome. Plus, I need it to move about 2 tonnes of rock. I also can't get away from that price. I want to spend $10,000 and have it as a backhoe. I believe it would be nice to have a 300 ltr. instead of the 200 ltr. version I currently have. So, it looks like I will look into that size.
"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." - Robert Frost
If you can find the 200-lb. machine (we have a dealer in our area), ask if they will let you test-drive it. That was how we discovered our 400 l. (250-lb.) machine was the best choice. I have one, I love it and have not had any problems with it, I just sold my 300 l. because of the added stress it put on the transmission. Our other unit works fine, just the transmission is worn out and is going to need a new clutch if we decide to use it.
You'll probably find that a lot of the parts for your current machine will be the same for a smaller one. This is one of those "I need it but I don't have room for it" kind of deals. Once we had the 400-l. it was perfect for our needs. I could have easily gotten by with the 200-l. (I used to have a 200-l. backhoe but now have a 300-l.)
I found that the smaller machines are not that much more expensive than the larger ones but they take up a LOT less space. The smaller one doesn't even have a cab like the larger ones. You can walk around the job site with it with a 2 ton rock. The 300-l. one I have is bigger than the small one but is a little difficult to use when you are over 5 ft. tall.
I think it is going to be a matter of time before small backhoes will become popular because they make so much sense. The 400-l. for us came out of a rental, we had the 400 and were going to pay the difference to have it back in two weeks. We decided to look around for something smaller and found out that the 200-l. was actually a little more expensive. We were going to order the 200-l. and then decide. Before we even had to decide, we rented a new 400-l. and that was going to be ours. It didn't take long to realize that the cost of a 400-l. was probably going to be cheaper than what we would be paying for the 200-l. and that we wanted to save some money. I can understand those who are looking for a larger one because they need the additional capacity. We are just 2 people who need a small one and a smaller one fits our needs perfectly.
"In order to become competent you must first believe that you are incompetent. It may take you a long time to reach this point." --M.T.C. Harris, Author