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I think you've made some really good points in this and your other posts on this subject.
One thing I'm definitely going to look into is what hire cost we spend per year on the .75t machines alone and what the purchase option may cost on a good second hand machine + trailer
I agree with your point of the machine being potentially very usefull for those occasions when you've got 4t of gravel to move for instance, ( like we have tomorrow morning ! )
My only disagreement with your post is that you say "If I were in the same boat now I would probably purchase a new or good condition micro excavator and call it my super-labourer " - Would it be ok if I called mine Brian to avoid my a mutiny amongst the workforce ? :-)