Archive | April 2013

Our most rented machines: the Yanmar SV08

This month we’ve looked at a couple fairly large pieces of equipment.  We thought we would end the in-between (as Spring struggles to defeat Winter) month of April by talking about a very popular compact excavator, the Yanmar SV08.  Here in Monticello we’ve been hoping for the breakout to 70 degrees and that didn’t happen very often in April but in May we are looking forward to blue skies.  Great weather often means people are excited about doing great projects and we want to help you understand the possibilities you have available to you.


The “SV” in Yanmar’s designation means “ultra-tight turning.”  This means the front and rear turning radius is very minimal.  Why would this matter to you?  You might have a tight work site and hence not a lot of room to maneuver.  This can include indoor renovation, pipe laying, landscaping, and housing foundations.  You could also possibly have to move through some tight spaces to get to your work site (you can narrow to 2’ 3” to get through a space and widen to 2’ 9” for more stability as you work).

The SV08 isn’t just adjustable in track width.  It can also adapt to different inclines.  The variable undercarriage allows for the right and left tracks to lower and raise independently so as to correct the SV08’s angle on steps or slopes.

It’s not just compact in size and operation, it’s also “compact” in the demands it makes on the operator.    It has a great seat with a retractable seat belt, a footrest, lever controls that respond well, and uncomplicated levers.  There’s a 2-way controller pattern so that the operator can easily change the lever pattern (from backhoe to excavator functionality) to what he/she prefers for efficiency.

As with all Yanmar products, the hydraulic hoses and Boom cylinder are covered for protection, but additionally, the hoses are housed under the cylinders as well.

We know that some of our readers are very much into “just the facts,” so we will share a few of those as well.  It has a water cooled 2-cylinder diesel engine with a 10.3HP output.  It’s got a digging force of 2360 lb for the bucket, 1390 lb on the arm.  It’s not a speedster at 1.1 mph traveling speed, but given the purpose of use for a compact work site, you won’t be in a hurry anyway!  It has a swing speed of 9 rpm and fuel tank capacity of 2.6 gallons.  At an overall weight of 2,348 lbs, it probably isn’t heavier than your car.

This is the smallest compact excavator in Yanmar’s line and if you have any questions about the SV08 or about any Yanmar products, please feel free to give us a call (so we can share some (always free) advice!

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Heavy Equipment: Buy or Rent?

Some things have always made sense as business models.  Renting movies, for one.  It made sense in the days of VHS and Laserdisc, it made sense in the days of Blockbuster Video, and it makes sense today, in the era dominated by Redbox and Netflix and streaming options.  Part of why this makes sense is because you only “use” the video for a short time, and then may not want to use it soon after, if ever again.  This is perhaps the first and most obvious reason people rent equipment from us.

Just getting the job done

They have a specific job they need to do they might need a highly specialized piece of equipment to do it.  Typically that equipment will be expensive and have certain maintenance responsibilities, and unless you are using it often in order to pay off the capital expense of the purchase, you run the risk of having a life-size toy sitting idle somewhere on your property.  Renting removes those concerns.  No maintenance, no storage, and no large capital expense.  In some places you’ll have property taxes and insurance concerns above and beyond those expenses!

Moreover, unlike other equipment rental centers that charge by the day AND by hourly usage, we just charge you for the day and don’t care about your hourly usage.  We know you just need to get the job done so we make the billing part of that simple for you.

Try before you buy

Let’s say that you are considering buying an excavator or a backhoe.  These are expensive propositions.  Renting can provide a great opportunity to try before you buy.  Deciding between two different models or two different brands?  You can try the equipment out for the job you are trying to do and if you still feel like you want to purchase, you can do so.  Your capital has to be spent smartly and part of that smart spend is taking the time to actually use the machines in the situations you are planning to use them in, instead of just guessing based on spec sheets you pick up on the internet.

A Yanmar mini-excavator

No upgrade angst

Machinery, like all other parts of our technical world, is constantly being updated.  There’s nothing worse than spending a large amount of money on a great piece of equipment only to see an even better piece of equipment come out for the same price or later months or even a year later.  With renting you can always get access to relatively new equipment.

Everyone’s situation is different, but unless you are a contractor who will use the equipment very frequently for a number of months – hopefully in situations that will either make you money or be worth money to you – renting is always your best option.  Our equipment costs money but our advice about what makes sense for your given job is free.  Give us a call at 845.794.0100.

Our most rented machines: The John Deere 200D

Continuing our series on our most frequently-rented items, today I want to talk about the John Deere 200D excavator.  This model is not just popular with our clients, but also with kids!  It’s a very popular toy (in its scaled-down version, of course).


Who is going to get an excavator?  Well apart from the professional contractor with a specific job in mind, we have many home/property owners who simply need to move a large amount of turf or earth around.  Maybe you’re digging a pool.  Maybe you’re trying to level out some area for a garden.  Maybe you want to create a berm.  Perhaps you want to do some finesse work like setting pipe.  For projects like these, an excavator is going to play an important role.

John Deere makes all kinds of excavators but the 200D is in their compact line.  In this case “compact” means capable of excavating 20 metric tons, powered by a 6-cylinder, 159 hp, Tier 3 Powertech E diesel engine with a 106 gallon fuel tank.  It has a spacious and comfortable cab.  It’s got a top speed of 3.4 mph (no speed demon, but that’s not what you are looking for in an excavator), a swing speed of 13.3 rpm, and swing torque of 50,662 lb/foot.  It has a digging force between 27,000-30,000 lb, depending on whether you need to use the Power Boost option, and it has a lifting capacity over front at ground level of 14,607 lb.  It has a maximum reach of a little over 30 feet, a maximum digging depth of 20 feet, a maximum dumping height of 22 feet, and a tail swing radius of 9 feet.

The 200D’s hydraulically driven van runs only as needed, reducing noise, fuel consumption, and operating costs.  There’s also a reversing option that automatically back-blows cooler cores to reduce debris buildup.

These advancements don’t come at a noise premium.  Noise levels (and with them, operator fatigue) have been significantly reduced in the 200D.  The dual-pass muffler, isochronous high-idle speed, and a variable-speed fan all help to make your job a little less noisy to those around you.

A quieter ride certainly helps the operator, but so do creature comforts.  The 200D comes with a huge amount of tinted glass to give great visibility to the operator.  There’s more legroom, more climate control options, more storage, and an AM/FM radio to make things go a little bit faster.  The short-throw pilot levers provide smooth, predictable fingertip control with less movement and effort.

And if you’ve never had a chance to work with a John Deere machine before you’ll come to find yourself that “nothing runs like a Deere.”

As with any equipment rental vs. equipment purchase, you don’t have to worry about maintenance and repair.  We keep the machines in top operating condition so that you can simply do your work and get the machine back to us without worrying about maintenance.  Give us a call at 845.794.0100 and let us know if we can help you with your equipment rental needs.

Our most rented machines: The Yanmar CBL40

Everyday when we take calls from customers we spend most of our time talking about a job or task that has to be done.  Often people will ask for a specific piece of equipment – but that’s not the whole story.  We always follow up with questions because we want to know about what you’re specifically doing so we can offer you the best machine for your job – which is sometimes different from what you’ve heard about.

One of the machines that we often recommend is the Yanmar CBL40.  The main reason is its versatility.


When the CBL40 came out almost 6 years ago it was different in a number of ways.  It wasn’t a farm or utility tractor that Yanmar had just hung a backhoe and loader on.  It had a one-piece frame, huge pin diameters on the loader and backhoe and beefy pillow blocks, a swivel seat so that using the backhoe was seamless, and a one shift lever for low/high range, as well as one for 2/4WD.  Also the hydraulic system of the CBL40 allowed the user to have a constant speed for the digging arm even if another function was engaged.  It was then, and is now, an easy-to-use machine for the novice or the expert user.

Now, the experts might want some stats, so to that end, let us give some to you.  It has a 3-cylinder, turbo-charged engine with a net HP of 35.4.  It’s got a fuel tank for 16.4 gallons and a ground clearance of 1’1.  It’s also got a curb turning radius, without brakes, of 118”.  That last feature speaks to a constant refrain about the CBL40: driveability.

In addition to that driveability – the ability to maneuver well and quickly on any site – the CBL40 also has a good dump height and reach.  That can be really important when you want to easily put loads right in the center of your truck.

For those of you who just need something to help you with some things in your backyard, this machine is perfect for digging holes for electrical lines or drainage, or pulling out the roots of tree stumps, or any other project you can dream up and do…safely!

Whatever your task might be, you’ll always have our unique pricing proposition: rental by the day, not by the hour.  You only pay for the number of days that you have our equipment and you can run it as little or as much as you want.  While this obviously makes things easier for us to keep track of here in the office, we find that our customers also enjoy the simplicity and how it helps them plan and track their own costs.  With all the other moving parts of a given job you are trying to accomplish, we like to be the easy, predictable part of your process.