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    Someone here must have owned or used a Dig-It Mini Excavator in the past. I've heard of one for sale in the area but don't know anything about them, as in what to watch out for, weak points, maintenance headaches, etc. Can anyone give me a little background on them? I did a Google search and got a couple YouTube hits but not much more. Did find one for sale for $9500 but don't know how it compares to the one for sale here as far as condition or age, or run time.

    A bud is going to snap me a photo with his cell when he drives by this week, then I'll have an idea what condition this one is in. Till then I'm trying to learn more about the beast and decide if its even worth considering for light trenching work.
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    Re: Mini Excavators

    I own a Dig it 148, its the tow behind unit, that you can take the drive wheels off and put caster wheels in its place so you can push it through a 36" wide opening. The unit digs very well. I have a 12" and a 24" bucket for it. You can get a 36" bucket as well. I also have a 36" flat blade used for backfilling.


    Was built here in Mendota IL at HCC, then Yazzo bought them, If I recall Pug Industries owns the rights now. It uses a Bradco hoe which is the same hoe used on the bobcats and such.

    http://www.feterl.com/Pug/htdocs/dig_it/index.html

    Ron Hasil Lic #058-160417
    A-Archer Sewer & Plumbing specializing in:
    Tankless Water Heaters | Drain and Sewer Cleaning
    Sump and Ejector Pumps | Backflow RPZ Testing

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    • #3
      Re: Mini Excavators

      i ebayed "dig it backhoe". then clicked on " completed listings". left column half way down. breid.................

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      • #4
        Re: Mini Excavators

        Thanks to you both for the quick replies.
        I'll let you know what I find out later this week.

        Meanwhile, I'll cruise eBay and see what I can see there.
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        Light is faster than sound. That's why some people seem really bright until you hear them speak.
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        “If I had my life to live over again, I'd be a plumber.” - Albert Einstein
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        • #5
          Re: Mini Excavators

          Ron, how is this thing tagged? As a trailer or as construction equipment in transit?
          Wondering about how/if it gets registered, insurance, tags, etc.

          Also, can you tell me a bit about the flat blade. Where does it mount for instance,
          cause looking at it I'm not sure.

          Using the same backhow as the Bobcat should make parts easy to get.
          Last edited by Bob D.; 06-07-2010, 08:57 PM.
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          Light is faster than sound. That's why some people seem really bright until you hear them speak.
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          “If I had my life to live over again, I'd be a plumber.” - Albert Einstein
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          • #6
            Re: Mini Excavators

            Originally posted by Bob D. View Post
            Ron, how is this thing tagged? As a trailer or as construction equipment in transit?
            Wondering about how/if it gets registered, insurance, tags, etc.

            Also, can you tell me a bit about the flat blade. Where does it mount for instance,
            cause looking at it I'm not sure.

            Using the same backhow as the Bobcat should make parts easy to get.
            Here in Illinois its is construction equipment in transit. It does have taillights and turn signals.

            The bucket comes off and the backfill blade goes in place of the bucket. I have the quick disconnect attachment, which means I just have to remove one pivot pin and the other just hooks on the hook. I will try to get some up close pictures for you.
            Ron Hasil Lic #058-160417
            A-Archer Sewer & Plumbing specializing in:
            Tankless Water Heaters | Drain and Sewer Cleaning
            Sump and Ejector Pumps | Backflow RPZ Testing

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            • #7
              Re: Mini Excavators

              Thanks, i thought it might go in place of the bucket, but wasn't sure.

              Appreciate your help Ron.
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              Light is faster than sound. That's why some people seem really bright until you hear them speak.
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              “If I had my life to live over again, I'd be a plumber.” - Albert Einstein
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              • #8
                Re: Mini Excavators

                Ron does your unit move around in lawn and mud very well those tire look like street tires?
                Seattle Drain Service

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                • #9
                  Re: Mini Excavators

                  Originally posted by Cuda View Post
                  Ron does your unit move around in lawn and mud very well those tire look like street tires?
                  They are street tires, but it does move around real easy. Never got stuck in the mud.
                  Ron Hasil Lic #058-160417
                  A-Archer Sewer & Plumbing specializing in:
                  Tankless Water Heaters | Drain and Sewer Cleaning
                  Sump and Ejector Pumps | Backflow RPZ Testing

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                  • #10
                    Re: Mini Excavators

                    Originally posted by SewerRatz View Post
                    I own a Dig it 148, its the tow behind unit, that you can take the drive wheels off and put caster wheels in its place so you can push it through a 36" wide opening. The unit digs very well. I have a 12" and a 24" bucket for it. You can get a 36" bucket as well. I also have a 36" flat blade used for backfilling.


                    Was built here in Mendota IL at HCC, then Yazzo bought them, If I recall Pug Industries owns the rights now. It uses a Bradco hoe which is the same hoe used on the bobcats and such.

                    http://www.feterl.com/Pug/htdocs/dig_it/index.html


                    Ron, that is seriously the cutest little excavator I've ever seen....

                    Unless it was that cute laborer chick using a shovel on a road crew last week.
                    Time flies like an arrow.

                    Fruit flies like a banana.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Mini Excavators

                      Ron , you wouldn't have a good number for Pug or some other parts source would you? I tried the email and phone numbers on their web site but no reply and no answer on the phone.
                      Last edited by Bob D.; 06-17-2010, 05:52 PM.
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                      Light is faster than sound. That's why some people seem really bright until you hear them speak.
                      ---------------
                      “If I had my life to live over again, I'd be a plumber.” - Albert Einstein
                      ---------
                      "Its a table saw.... Do you know where your fingers are?"
                      ---------
                      sigpic http://www.helmetstohardhats.com/

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                      • #12
                        Re: Mini Excavators

                        Originally posted by Bob D. View Post
                        Ron , you wouldn't have a good number for Put or some other parts source would you? I tried the email and phone numbers on their web site but no reply and no answer on the phone.
                        When I needed parts I went to the local Ditch Witch dealer that was selling them. They might be a help to you. It has been a while since I needed any parts.

                        Ditch Witch Midwest
                        124 North Schmale Road
                        Carol Stream, IL 60188-2199
                        (630) 665-5600
                        Ron Hasil Lic #058-160417
                        A-Archer Sewer & Plumbing specializing in:
                        Tankless Water Heaters | Drain and Sewer Cleaning
                        Sump and Ejector Pumps | Backflow RPZ Testing

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                        • #13
                          Re: Mini Excavators

                          This was a great digger for LP tanks and underground gas services in FL.

                          We will see if the pic worked?
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                          • #14
                            Re: Mini Excavators

                            Peoples Gas in Chicago used the smaller tow behind dig it for years. I still see them around here and there.
                            Ron Hasil Lic #058-160417
                            A-Archer Sewer & Plumbing specializing in:
                            Tankless Water Heaters | Drain and Sewer Cleaning
                            Sump and Ejector Pumps | Backflow RPZ Testing

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                            • #15
                              Re: Mini Excavators

                              Originally posted by SewerRatz View Post
                              When I needed parts I went to the local Ditch Witch dealer that was selling them. They might be a help to you. It has been a while since I needed any parts.

                              Ditch Witch Midwest
                              124 North Schmale Road
                              Carol Stream, IL 60188-2199
                              (630) 665-5600

                              I will give them a call tomorrow. No dealer close to me (over 100 miles away), so might as well support someone who has sold and worked on them in the past. 100 or 700 doesn't make much difference...maybe a day in shipping. The motor mounts are the thing I am having trouble locating locally.
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                              Light is faster than sound. That's why some people seem really bright until you hear them speak.
                              ---------------
                              “If I had my life to live over again, I'd be a plumber.” - Albert Einstein
                              ---------
                              "Its a table saw.... Do you know where your fingers are?"
                              ---------
                              sigpic http://www.helmetstohardhats.com/

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