It’s a type of article you’ve requested for years and a challenge we’ve struggled with: how to create unbiased, contractor-based reviews of heavy equipment. We hear opinions, but one or two opinions does not an article make.

But we finally found our solution. Using information from Equipment Data Associates we’ve identified the best selling machines in the industry and send surveys to the owners of this equipment. We’ve asked owners to rate the performance, serviceablity, and creature comforts on their machines on a scale from 1 to 10. We also asked them to rate their dealer service and support. The results are tallied and summarized in the articles below.

We’d also like this to become a dialogue and hear your opinions. So, let’s keep the conversation going. Be sure to leave your own feedback in the comments section for each machine.

—The editors

 

John Deere 310SK backhoe review
8.7
Score

John Deere 310SK backhoe review

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on Aug 11, 2015

With a combined 57,200-plus hours of operating time, our 11 reviewers gave the Deere 310SK backhoe a solid 8.6 rating. “We recommend this machine all the time,” says Bob Tempest ...

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Komatsu PC210LC-10 excavator review
9.1
Score

Komatsu PC210LC-10 excavator review

Posted by Wayne Grayson on Jul 30, 2015

Nabbing some of the highest scores we've seen from a reviewed machine so far, there was a common theme among our experts when discussing how the Komatsu PC210LC-10 impresses: speed ...

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Bobcat S650 skid steer review
8.2
Score

Bobcat S650 skid steer review

Posted by Tom Jackson on Mar 03, 2015

While our reviewers were a bit stingy with their numerical ratings, in their comments to us and in our surveys, they made it clear they like the Bobcat S650 and ...

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Caterpillar 336E L excavator review
9
Score

Caterpillar 336E L excavator review

Posted by Wayne Grayson on Mar 03, 2015

With a combined 14,000 hours of uptime with the Caterpillar 336E L and after considering every aspect of the machine's fit in their business, our reviewers gave the excavator high ...

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Case 580 Super N backhoe review
8.6
Score

Case 580 Super N backhoe review

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on Mar 03, 2015

For Wayne Dowd, W. Dowd Excavating, Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, it’s how the Case 580 Super N backhoe stacks up against two competitive machines. One competitive machine is “not as nimble or ...

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