should I buy a Kubota M62 TLB

Fat Tony

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Hi, I own a L6060 tractor and a KX 91-3 super series 2 mini excavator- the KX I bought new in 2019 and the tractor new in late 2019- the KX has a total of 10.5 hours and the tractor has 44.2 hours- my question is should I sell both of them and buy Kubota M62 TLB ? I was figuring that it would be less maintenance if I had one machine and one less monthly payment. I also would like to know if the M62 TLB is a good reliable tough machine- I would be using it around the house and on the property plus this year I have a lot of trenching and digging to do. I would not be using it for commercial just residential. It looks like a very heavy duty machine. All opinions and advice would be greatly appreciated . Thanks Tony:unsure:
 

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Hi, I own a L6060 tractor and a KX 91-3 super series 2 mini excavator- the KX I bought new in 2019 and the tractor new in late 2019- the KX has a total of 10.5 hours and the tractor has 44.2 hours- my question is should I sell both of them and buy Kubota M62 TLB ? I was figuring that it would be less maintenance if I had one machine and one less monthly payment. I also would like to know if the M62 TLB is a good reliable tough machine- I would be using it around the house and on the property plus this year I have a lot of trenching and digging to do. I would not be using it for commercial just residential. It looks like a very heavy duty machine. All opinions and advice would be greatly appreciated . Thanks Tony:unsure:
There's a lot we don't know. The M62 is a tough machine, but it's a Swiss army knife. You already have the mini-ex and have a lot of digging coming up. Why sell the tool made for the work you have to do and buy a sub-optimal machine? You can always trade next year.
 
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PaulL

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I agree. The M62 won't dig as well as the mini ex. It's more tractor than an L, but not that much more. Two machines is better than one if you're doing a lot of digging. If you get to a point where you're not using the mini-ex very often, then at that point it might make sense to consolidate to a single machine with a backhoe.
 

mikester

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Here's my experience based on the M59 (pre pollution control version of the M62)

Pros
more loader lift capacity
faster cycle times
higher lift
deeper BH depth
more BH dig capacity
surprising amount of grunt for machine size
heavier duty than the L6060
M59/M62 has been around a long time and has a good reputation for durability

Cons
no OEM cab
tight operator station - if you have big feet
slower BH operation due to TLB config - no 360 swing
pollution controls
expensive
not as comfortable for the operator as a fully loaded cab L6060


If you need a BH to work in tight spaces and do lots of trench work stick with the mini-ex.

If you need to do a lot of loader work and need higher lift to fill dump trucks and faster cycle times you will appreciate the M62 grunt. You can unload 3,000lb pallets of sod from a tractor trailer confidently and all day long in 2WD with the BH as counterweight.

The M59 loader will keep up with my older Case580 in raw digging grunt, and it will do it better in tight spaces. The backhoe hydraulic flow is just adequate and slow in comparison to the case. My preference would be a new CAT420IT as a general purpose machine. I work in tight spaces so the M59 is a compromise between lift capacity and maneuverability.

Since you have less than 60 hours on two machines in two years it doesn't sound like you are doing commercial work.
 
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Fat Tony

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Here's my experience based on the M59 (pre pollution control version of the M62)

Pros
more loader lift capacity
faster cycle times
higher lift
deeper BH depth
more BH dig capacity
surprising amount of grunt for machine size
heavier duty than the L6060
M59/M62 has been around a long time and has a good reputation for durability

Cons
no OEM cab
tight operator station - if you have big feet
slower BH operation due to TLB config - no 360 swing
pollution controls
expensive
not as comfortable for the operator as a fully loaded cab L6060


If you need a BH to work in tight spaces and do lots of trench work stick with the mini-ex.

If you need to do a lot of loader work and need higher lift to fill dump trucks and faster cycle times you will appreciate the M62 grunt. You can unload 3,000lb pallets of sod from a tractor trailer confidently and all day long in 2WD with the BH as counterweight.

The M59 loader will keep up with my older Case580 in raw digging grunt, and it will do it better in tight spaces. The backhoe hydraulic flow is just adequate and slow in comparison to the case. My preference would be a new CAT420IT as a general purpose machine. I work in tight spaces so the M59 is a compromise between lift capacity and maneuverability.

Since you have less than 60 hours on two machines in two years it doesn't sound like you are doing commercial work.
Hi, no I do not do commercial work, just around the house. Thanks for the advice- I just sold my L6060- I also have a SSV75- I had all of these machines before I moved to my new home in PA, and they were all paid for- I sold all of them to by a custom race car trailer and a drag car- but I soon found out that a car can not dig a hole or move pallets - so back into debt I went- well I also just started a new business which is going surprisingly well. If it wasn't for my wife carrying me during the start-up I wouldn't be here. I just thought that getting rid of two payments and machines and getting one payment less than one of the other would be better for the budget.
 

Fat Tony

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I agree. The M62 won't dig as well as the mini ex. It's more tractor than an L, but not that much more. Two machines is better than one if you're doing a lot of digging. If you get to a point where you're not using the mini-ex very often, then at that point it might make sense to consolidate to a single machine with a backhoe.
Thanks for the advice-I am thinking on it.
 

Fat Tony

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There's a lot we don't know. The M62 is a tough machine, but it's a Swiss army knife. You already have the mini-ex and have a lot of digging coming up. Why sell the tool made for the work you have to do and buy a sub-optimal machine? You can always trade next year.
Thanks for the advice am thinking about it.
 

Fat Tony

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Grand L6060, L4474 snow blower, ZD331 zero turn mower,RTV1120, KX91-3
Jan 31, 2020
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Honesdale Pennsylvania
There's a lot we don't know. The M62 is a tough machine, but it's a Swiss army knife. You already have the mini-ex and have a lot of digging coming up. Why sell the tool made for the work you have to do and buy a sub-optimal machine? You can always trade next year.
Thanks for the advice- am thinking about it.
 

B2710

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I have a L45TLB and Bobcat E50 excavator (I also have a BC T770, LB 330 ex, JD 410 TLB, Cat D4H, Cat 933 and a few other various pieces of equipment I have collected over the years). Having an excavator has no comparison if you are digging dirt, as already stated the TLBs are good at a lot of different types of work but not great at any of them.

I would keep what you have and if not needed after the majority of your work is done, sell and get the M62 which would be a good all around worker.
 

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I'd have to agree with the others posted above. Keep the KX to knock out the digging tasks you have to do this year. Sell them both when completed and get your M62 after the bulk of the digging is done.

THEN, let me know when you're willing to part with the KX. I may be interested in it and you're just up the road from me. Did you purchase it from Marshals Machinery?