I got into the roofing business years ago out of sheer necessity. At the time, I was renovating my home and needed to do some excavation work. So I dug a trench and moved some dirt to my back yard. The problem, however, was that I had to do this either by hand or with an excavator such as a Bobcat skid loader.

I wasn’t looking forward to doing this by hand, and I knew that if I chose an excavator, I had to get the equipment through a 36-inch front gate. I began looking for a place to rent this type of machine and I couldn’t find what I really needed. So I inquired with local equipment dealers and wound up purchasing the required machines myself. As time went on, I started lending the machines out to contractors I knew, and eventually, this service took on a life of its own.


Today, I operate Murakami Roofing and our inventory consists of small skid loaders and track loaders that range from 36 inches to 42 inches wide. The loaders are used mainly to move dirt, gravel and other types of material. We also have mini excavators that are used to dig footings, trenches, swimming pools, as well as remove small trees. We recently acquired a compact backhoe that combines a skid loader and an excavator in one compact machine. We carry attachments for some of our machines, like trenchers for installing pipes, jackhammers for breaking up concrete and backhoes for our skid loaders to dig footings. The machines are manufactured by Bobcat, Komatsu, Toro and JCB.

Our customers range from large contractors who need a compact machine for demolition work inside buildings to homeowners who have small landscaping projects. Over the past three years, the trend has been toward younger homeowners doing their own renovation projects such as digging footings for concrete sidewalks, patios and swimming pools. Some of our customers, in fact, are women and they have no problem operating the machines.

The versatility of these machines is quite amazing. For their size, they are quite powerful. Our skid loaders are capable of moving a large pile of gravel in a matter of hours. The mini excavator can dig footings of a patio in one afternoon. The labor savings alone can pay for the rental of the machines.


Call us at 348-8270 to find the right machine for your project and for rental prices and delivery charges.

Contact: 348-8270