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Thinking of getting a 35G or 50G with a cab, and start a form of smaller contract excavating. Does anyone have hands-on experience with both of these machines? Wondering which you would choose and why?

They both have zero tail swing, right? The 50G has a bigger frame, deeper maximum depth, and higher power rating; so I'm leaning towards that as a "catch-all".

I'm really not sure what type of digging would go on, perhaps footers, landscapes, driveways, maybe trenches for conduit and plumbing, or even pool digging.

The cabs looks super small, especially for anyone who isn't a short skinny guy -- but maybe I'm wrong.
 

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35 should fit weight wise on a trailer that is less than 10000 lbs, 50 g will not. Do you have a CDL A drivers license to tow the 50? I would get the 50 if you do, more versatile machine. I have a Cat 305c CR along with larger excavators. And a CDL A lic!
 

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I've never worked a 35D. However, I have used 2 different 8,000-8,500lb. Bobcat excavators - 430 and 435 that are in the same weight class as the 35D. I have used a 50D on several occasions. The 50D is about 2,000lbs. Heavier than the 35 and more capable - IMO.

The new generation of diesel, 3/4 ton trucks are rated @ 24,500lbs. GVWR. With the 50D @ 10,500lbs and the avg. truck around 7,500lb. That leaves you with a 6,500lb limit on a trailer to haul it. That's real close to my 30' PJ 25k GVWR gooseneck.

I have hauled a 50D with a 24' 22K Big-Tex just fine. Not sure on trailer weight, but I'd have to guess that it's less than 6,500lbs.

No CDL needed until 26,000lbs. GVW. Whoops! Just remembered you are interested in a commercial venture. You may very well have to have a CDL as a business even if you're towing below the 26K weight threshold.
 

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I have a 35G, never been on a 50. I'm sure its better, just wasnt in my budget.


Use mine alot for tearing out trees, digging, and moving things that dont want to move.



Got a LEA multi ripper bucket for it, I'm amazed what gets done.



I'd rather have a 50 for sure, but this 35G gets me by pretty good. Got a cab and thumb. Taken out some pretty decent trees with it. 24 inch+ when I'm lucky.
 
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