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Most people are motivated to buy a digger because they are fed up with hand digging or are starting a self build or similar project. When towable diggers first appeared in the late 1970's there were few small diggers about. There were plenty of larger JCB's, Fords, Whitlock's and other tractor based diggers, but they could not get into gardens or small areas. Also builders would have to hire one in with a driver and this might mean waiting. There were a few smaller machines about such as the Smalley 5 and Thwaites Dumper Digger but these were not common. So at the time when the likes of Powerfab got going a towable digger was a great step forward. A small machine which virtually anyone could operate and which helped small builders. Always remember that compared to a pick and a shovel a towable digger (or any digger for that matter) is brilliant.
Nowadays, there are thousands of tracked mini-diggers in use and they have made towable diggers obsolete for a reason. They are fully fledged machines and can do everything a towable excavator can do and more. For the infrequent or home user a second hand towable digger can still be a good budget option.
The following sets out the advantages and disadvantages of towable diggers as opposed to the modern tracked machine.
Towable Digger e.g Powerfab, Fleming, Gopher, Mantis, Roughneck
Modern mini-digger with tracks and 360 degree slew
In summary, if your budget will get you a reasonable second hand mini digger with tracks then that machine is a clear winner. If you have a more limited budget that will get you a good second hand towable digger then that is better than a pick a shovel. If you have a really limited budget a pick, shovel, wheelbarrow, kettle, tea bags and milk can be bought for about £50!