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Posted: 09/18/2015

Put Specs to the Test with a Jobsite Demo

Bobcat compact excavator (mini excavator) places pipe.

When you’re shopping for an excavator, specs and promotional materials can help jump-start your research and narrow down your choices, but basing a purchase solely on a few numbers can be risky. Specs can be made to look good, and every manufacturer or salesperson is going to tell you their offering is the best, but the truth lies in getting in the cab and spending some time in the seat.

You wouldn’t purchase a car without a test drive, so you shouldn’t miss that opportunity with your compact equipment. In fact, for the most authentic representation of a machine’s capabilities, ask your dealer for a jobsite demo, rather than in the dealership’s lot. A rent-to-purchase arrangement could also be a great way to gain some substantial operation time before making your investment.

The next time you find yourself comparing spec sheets, keep in mind that all those numbers stacked up against each other can only tell you part of the story. When you’re shopping for a machine, horsepower, auxiliary hydraulic flow, operating weight and all the other specs can help you narrow down your choices, but nothing compares to valuable demonstration time.

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