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Kubota U17 Mini Excavator - Rent at Home Depot


Well, seems I dodged a bullet by renting a Kubota U17 mini excavator for $211 and then some new pipes and fittings for $80. Just finished up and I am proud to say the $hitter is no longer full.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That's one major problem solved for FAR less than the estimates I was getting, not to mention no one was able to make it out until after the holiday anyway.

The Mini Excavator cost me $303.98 to rent for 24 hours, of which I used all but two minutes of, LOL! Literally got there with 23 hours, 58 minutes on the clock. I opted for the insurance since

The Excavator cost $35,000 new... So yeah... But it worked GREAT and fit in the tightest of spots! It's 17 HP diesel 4 cylinder engine was great on gas as we only used 2 gallons! It literally

cost me more to wash it than to fill it up! LOL

It was so easy to operate it that my 16 year old kid was able to operate it without issue! Even I was able to climb into this thing having never driven one and get it off the trailer!

I was a little worried when I first picked it up, and even the sales people at the rental place would not guarantee it would cut thru the ground in the near 0 northern temps, but it did!

Not only cut thru the top ice layer, it cut thru massive weaves of roots I'd have never been able to shovel thru! It did it with a quickness too! 

Rented this at Home Depot, incase you ever need to rent one yourself... You back will thank you!



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Good work !

It looks really cold in Michigan !

How did you know where the break-in-the-pipe was ?... I would have likely dug-up the whole yard before finding the break..

At least your breather-pipe will be a sure tell-tale for things blocking-up again, the moment it spills over or stops stinking LOL !

You do know that if Stoma was allowed back-in-here, he would have actually paid-you for the chance to do the job ?...This is where his expertise-is-at !



-- Edited by Rastus on Saturday 30th of December 2017 07:52:58 PM

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Thanks Rastus! It's really nice to run everything without having a backup... it had been acting up quite a bit this month and I have snaked the system in the past without any luck. Last time I snaked from this clean-out it didn't fix anything because the roots were coming in where the cast iron pipe and PVC join (before the clean-out), I had to go in thru the toilet drain by removing the toilet! So I was pretty sure the blockage was before the clean-out and after the toilet.... apparently the rubber hose / adapter split, and roots took hold in there almost like a nest. 

I was prepared to rip out all the old cast iron stuff clear under the house, as I was sure the main line to the sewer was already done in PVC. Around here they originally had clay pipes fitted together but they are real bad for roots getting in. Turns out that good old 70 year American cast iron was in excellent shape! Took two sawzaw blades to cut a 4 inch pipe! Probably last another 70 years! 

Feels so good to have it finally fixed... it has given me problems before back when we first got the place but over time I was able to figure it out. The snake I used before broke and almost took my head off - put a nice size dent in the tub too. This is the main reason I wanted to fix the problem rather than just snake it every few years. It was worth the money and 24 hours of hell in what was single digit temps (F). Going down below zero soon for a week or so, double digits below zero (F) wind chill. We have gotten so much snow I dare not even move the Mercedes for fear of tearing off that AMG bumper. lol



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