My need, except maybe your "ditch work" is similar. After owning a small Deere that I spent more time repairing than using, I bought a 16,000 lb Cat loader (933) that was closer to the size I needed. It worked great for a lot of years and now lives in Peru, with the trailer.
Currently running a 23,000 lb rubbertire Cat, which I wouldn"t want to tow. No problem roading it when I need to get it somewhere. 4-in-1 is great, and prices on older industrial loaders are far below crawlers here. It is perfect for me, after I added teeth to the bucket and a widow-maker canopy.