Nine years ago when Pat Covell was starting his utility services company Treton Inc. he wanted to be sure he was getting the best value for his equipment dollar. He demoed every brand of mini excavator he could find including John Deere Caterpillar and Takeuchi. The hands-down winner was Kubota he said. I had two other people I respect try the machines and give me their opinion and we agreed there wasnt a better one out there than Kubota. I still believe that. After nine years of Kubota ownership Covell has been impressed with how well the Kubota equipment has performed and held up. His fleet includes nine mini excavators with models including K057 K040 K035 KX121 and U45 plus an RTV900 utility vehicle and a ZD331 zero-turn mower. They are very productive with very little downtime. We are faithful with changing the fluids and greasing them and weve never had to replace any major parts Covell said. Treton Inc. an Amanda Ohio-based company primarily performs but is not limited to underground and aerial utility work. Customers include ATT Verizon MCI Sprint Northeast Ohio Gas and Horizon Telecommunications. The compact Kubotas are particularly useful in under- ground work Covell noted. In tight places like down- town Columbus we use them for working in the street and we can excavate up to 8 feet deep with a K057. With the Kubotas he said he has the productivity of a rubber-tired backhoe but can keep the work to one lane. Additionally his crews can use a one-ton truck to haul the compact machines so he doesnt need to maintain large trucks. Kubota mini excavators are fast and strong for their size and also very smooth Covell said. My eleven full-time operators all agree they wouldnt want anything else. Another benefit of owning Kubotas is strong resale value Covell said. He generally keeps a machine for four or five years then sells it and upgrades. Covell is a longtime customer of Columbus Equipment Company where he also purchases Komatsu equipment. Columbus Equipment is hard to beat for service in Ohio he said and he was pleased when Columbus Equipment became the local Kubota dealership because of its excellent customer support. 5 Treton Inc. Growth Powered By Dedicated People and Solid Kubota Equipment Kubota mini excavators are fast and strong for their size and also very smooth. My eleven full-time operators all agree they wouldnt want anything else. Pat Covell Owner Treton Inc.