I carved this off my Time to go truck shopping thread since I mentioned using the new truck money to possibly buy a mini ex so this might be an interesting thread for some.
I briefly talked to she who must be obeyed about a hoe and she wants me to rent but that's going to be a hassle. I would want to rent by the week and probably would take me 10 or 20 hours of seat time to get sort of productive. Our weather changes a lot, especially now for the next three months so I would have to rent in concert with the weather forecast. And at my age I don't want to put in long days running equipment. Of course the advantage of renting is no responsibility for maintenance.
The mini ex's are very popular so if I buy at the right price there would be no problem using it for a few months and then selling like I did for my Komatsu D39P-1 dozer. Bought it on an IronPlanet auction and sold it to my brother-in-law to use on his ranch. Made about $3k on that deal (it was a good deal for both of us - it's a good dozer at a fair price for him.)
I would love to have a cab (my cab 4720 has thoroughly spoiled me) but those seem to command about a $10k premium. This is the E42 Bobcat I'm looking at, also in the hunt is the Deere 35D and a Cat 305. Buying a Deere or Bobcat is an advantage since we have local dealers. I was thinking about Kubota but apparently their implement attachment is unique to Kubota so you have to buy Kubota buckets, etc. We do have a local Kubota dealer so I really should look at them.