What’s your state’s favorite construction machine? The top-selling heavy equipment models and types, state by state

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Updated Oct 14, 2015

Looking at the financed equipment data for the first six months of this year, we thought it would be a fun exercise to list which models were most popular—in terms of unit sales—by state. Our data comes from Equipment Data Associates, a Randall-Reilly division that tracks Uniform Commercial Code-1 filings used by lenders when a machine is financed.

We do need to make some cautions, however, when looking at this data. Financed sales in less populated states—Alaska and Maine, for example—can swing on just a few sales. While the Volvo A40G was the most popular machine sold in Alaska, for instance, that popularity rests on seven machines financed out of a total of 87.

And because this data is based on machine unit counts, lower-purchase-cost compact machines dominate. In 19 states, for example, more compact track loaders were sold than any other machine.

Depending on the type of machine, financed machines can represent 40 to 75 percent of the total number of machines of that type sold in the United States. While machines can be also bought by cash or letter of credit, buyers of higher ticket items such as large dozers generally tend to finance these machines.

In addition to the interactive map above, here’s our state-by-state breakdown of the most popular machine (again, in terms of unit sales). We’ve also included the three most popular types of machine sold in each state.

 

Alaska

 
Volvo A40G articulated truck
Top model: Volvo A40G artic

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact track loader
  • Compact excavator
  • Skid steer loader

 

Alabama

 
Kubota SVL75_2_Bkt__MG_8994
Top model: Kubota SVL75-2 compact track loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact track loader
  • Compact excavator
  • Excavator

 

Arkansas

 
Top model: Kubota SVL75-2 compact track loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact excavator
  • Compact track loader
  • Excavator

 

Arizona

 
Bobcat S70_with_bucket-206230-127353-hr
Top model: Bobcat S70 skid steer
Top 3 machine types:

  • Skid steer loader
  • Wheel loader
  • Compact excavator

 

California

 
CAt 420F
Top model: Cat 420F backhoe

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact excavator
  • Skid steer loader
  • Compact track loader

 

Colorado

 
Bobcat S650_with_concrete_mixer-206271-127364-hr
Top model: Bobcat S650 skid steer

Top 3 machine types:

  • Skid steer loader
  • Excavator
  • Compact track loader

 

Connecticut

Top model: Kubota SVL75-2 compact track loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact excavator
  • Wheel loader
  • Skid steer loader

 

Delaware

Top model: Kubota SVL75-2 compact track loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact track loader
  • Excavator
  • Compact excavator

 

Florida

Top model: Kubota SVL75-2 compact track loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact track loader
  • Wheel loader
  • Compact excavator

 

Georgia

 
Cat 259D
Top model: Cat 259D compact track loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact track loader
  • Compact excavator
  • Excavator

 

Hawaii

 
Komatsu PC35MR-3
Top model: Komatsu PC35MR-3 compact excavator
Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact excavator
  • Excavator
  • Compact track loader

 

Iowa

 
Deere 323E_3
Top model: Deere 323E skid steer

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact track loader
  • Skid steer loader
  • Wheel loader

 

Idaho

 
Cat TH407C TH - C773886
Top model: Cat TH407-C telehandler

Top 3 machine types:

  • Wheel loader
  • Compact excavator
  • Compact track loader

 

Illinois

 
Cat 262D
Top model: Cat 262D skid steer

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact track loader
  • Skid steer
  • Excavator

 

Indiana

 
John Deere 310L backhoe
Top model: Deere 310K backhoe

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact track loader
  • Skid steer
  • Compact excavator

 

Kansas

 
Deere 333E_3
Top model: Deere 333E compact track loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Skid steer
  • Compact track loader
  • Compact excavator

 

Kentucky

Top model: Cat 259D compact track loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact track loader
  • Compact excavator
  • Excavator

 

Louisiana

 
Cat 730C
Top model: Cat 730C articulated truck

Top 3 machine types:

  • Excavator
  • Compact excavator
  • Compact track loader

 

Massachusetts

 
Cat 906H2
Top model: Cat 906H-2 compact wheel loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact excavator
  • Wheel loader
  • Compact track loader

 

Maryland

Top model: Kubota SVL75-2 compact track loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact track loader
  • Skid steer
  • Compact excavator

 

Maine

 
Overall
Top model: Deere 753J feller buncher

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact excavator
  • Excavator
  • Wheel loader

 

Michigan

 
Bobcat T590_Pushing_Dirt-211985-132321-hr
Top model: Bobcat T590 compact track loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact track loader
  • Skid steer
  • Wheel loader

 

Minnesota

Top model: Bobcat T590 compact track loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Skid steer
  • Compact track loader
  • Wheel loader

 

Missouri

Top model: Deere 333E compact track loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact track loader
  • Skid steer loader
  • Compact excavator

 

Mississippi

 
Cat D6K2 TTT - C10082697
Top model: Cat D6K2 LGP dozer

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact excavators
  • Compact track loader
  • Excavator

 

Montana

Top model: Bobcat S650 skid steer

Top 3 machine types:

  • Skid steer
  • Compact track loader
  • Excavator

 

North Carolina

Top model: Cat 259D compact track loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact track loader
  • Compact excavator
  • Excavator

 

North Dakota

 
Deere 310SK_2
Top model: Deere 310SK backhoe

Top 3 machine types:

  • Skid steers
  • Wheel loader
  • Compact track loader

 

Nebraska

Top model: Bobcat T590 compact track loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact track loader
  • Skid steer
  • Wheel loader

 

New Hampshire

Top model: Bobcat S650 skid steer

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact excavator
  • Compact track loader
  • Wheel loader

 

New Jersey

Top model: Bobcat S650 skid steer

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact excavator
  • Compact track loader
  • Excavator

 

New Mexico

 

Top model: Cat 420F backhoe

Top 3 machine types:

  • Wheel loader
  • Backhoe
  • Skid steer

 

Nevada

No data available.

 

New York

 
Kubota SVL90_2_LoProLngFlBkt1925
Top model: Kubota SVL90-2 compact track loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact excavator
  • Compact track loader
  • Skid steer

 

Ohio

 
Cat 236D
Top model: Cat 236D skid steer

Top 3 machine types:

  • Skid steer
  • Compact track loader
  • Compact excavator

 

Oklahoma

Top model: Deere 333E compact track loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact track loader
  • Skid steer
  • Compact excavator

 

Oregon

 
jd_50g_1_large
Top model: Deere 50G compact excavator

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact excavator
  • Excavator
  • Track feller buncher

 

Pennsylvania

Top model: Deere 310SK backhoe

Top 3 machine types:

  • Skid steer
  • Compact excavator
  • Compact track loader

 

Rhode Island

 
Deere 410K_1
Top model: Deere 410K backhoe

Top 3 machine types:

  • Skid steer
  • Backhoe
  • Compact excavator

 

South Carolina

Top model: Bobcat T590 compact track loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact track loader
  • Excavator
  • Compact excavator

 

South Dakota

Top model: Deere 333E compact track loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Skid steer
  • Compact track loader
  • Wheel loader

 

Tennessee

Top model: Cat 259D compact track loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact track loader
  • Compact excavator
  • Excavator

 

Texas

Top model: Kubota SVL90-2 compact track loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact track loader
  • Compact excavator
  • Excavator

 

Utah

 
Case 580 Super N backhoe review
Top model: Case 580 Super N backhoe

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact excavator
  • Excavator
  • Wheel loader

 

Virginia

Top model: Cat 259D compact track loader

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact track loader
  • Compact excavator
  • Excavator

 

Vermont

 
Kubota KX040_4_Bty_MG_2729
Top model: Kubota KX040-4 compact excavator

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact excavator
  • Excavator
  • Skid steer

 

Washington

Top model: Kubota KX040-4 compact excavator

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact excavator
  • Excavator
  • Wheel loader

 

Wisconsin

Top model: Bobcat S590 skid steer

Top 3 machine types:

  • Skid steer
  • Compact track loader
  • Excavator

 

West Virginia

Top model: Deere 323E compact track loader/Deere 50G compact excavator

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact excavator
  • Compact track loader
  • Excavator

 

Wyoming

 

Top model: Cat 410F IT backhoe

Top 3 machine types:

  • Compact track loader
  • Skid steer
  • Compact excavator