- Mar 5, 2004
I am really excited to see the new 435 ZHS, but doesn't look like my dealer is getting one in. I almost bought a used 337C last year, but held out for a new machine. I tried the 337C, 331D, and a Cat 304CR. I really liked the close radius machine because I could get in tight to objects and didn't hit the back of the machine. The 331 was too small for my needs and the 337 is priced a little to high for my budget. I also wanted to wait for a ZHS machine smaller than the 442. The 435 ZHS was introduced and I went immediately down to my dealer to order a new machine. I was dissapointed when I got the quote at ~$56,000 with a cab, airconditioning, and thumb. The Cat 304CR was about the same size and with a cab and thumb, no air conditioning, was $45,500. Right now, with 250 hours on the same Cat machine, it is $40,500. That's quite a difference between the Bobcat and Cat. Has anyone used the 435 ZHS? How does the performance compare to similar sized excavators?