I have a home project here to bury my rain gutters (120 foot run) around the house and therefore have a need to rent a compact excavator. However, per the Best Line Equipment page that machine weighs 3655 lbs.
I thought no problem given our trucks are rated for 6500lbs of towing capacity and my truck does have the towing package. However per the guy at Bestline, they use a 2 axle 7,000 lb capacity utility trailer which is were the rub lies. Per him, that trailer weights near 3,500 lbs. So that plus the 3655 lbs puts me at 7155 lbs which is obviously over the 6,500 lbs towing capacity rated for our trucks. I'm a bit disappointed and was sort of looking forward to towing it with my truck, but was wondering has anyone attempted it with no issues? I doubt they would even let me leave the yard with my truck so I'll have to borrow a full size to grab the machine, but not sure how much buffer is built into our 6,500 lb towing capacity. It's my understanding the biggest challenge is stopping the truck and not getting it going. I should mention I only live about 10 miles from the rental place, but understand safety is more important than anything else.