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