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Old 12-09-2012, 03:51 PM
mmacsek mmacsek is offline
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Back hoe question

I have a landscape maint. business and toying with the idea of getting a tractor to expand services. My question is backhoe digging force. This is a loaded question but what is a number that you can actually do something with? I'm looking at ripping out shrubs,stumps,etc. Also, Does a backhoe come off easily so you can use other attachments or is this stay on? Iknow these are basic questions so don't be to crtical. Thanks Matt
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:22 PM
weesa20 weesa20 is offline
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Depends on the size tractor but they are pretty effective even on a subCUT. My father has a JD 2210 w/ hoe and it is pretty good at all the things you described. All the major manufacturers make them. I am looking for a woods 6000 for my GC2300 but they are hard to find. Pretty easy to takeoff. Make sure it is a subframe not 3pth. They won't do what a ford 555 will but they very useful and expensive. Can probably buy an older full size hoe for twice the cost of the hoe attachment but then you have 2 machines to take care of and the hassle of moving a full size machine etc etc
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:52 AM
Carl_NH Carl_NH is offline
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Small ones digging force is around 2000 lbs - like BX25 Kubota, Mahindra Max28, Massey GC series, Yanmar 2400, JD 1028R. They all will lift about 5-800lbs on the FEL, and are easy to trailer/pull with a 1/2 ton.

They can do a lot of work and fit in small spaces, build walls, do shrub replanting and they dont break the bank.

THe next size up doubles the lifting and digging force - Kubota B21/B26 Yanmar 3200 but $35K new and $16-20 used.

These lager machines can have pallet forks and hyd thumbs on the BH so a lot more utility..
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:18 PM
david bailey david bailey is offline
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I have a Kubota B-26 and I use it on almost all of my landscaping jobs. It's equiped with a 4 in 1 bucket(a must have for any landscaper) and a backhoe. My BH comes off in a 2 minutes and I can use the 3 point hitch for other implements. When doing residential work or jobs in a tight work space where a TLB is the right tool,the B 26 is a great piece. I have used this tractor for swimming pool condtruction,landscaping sand oddly,digging graves. It easily loads my F-750. It's a real easy tractor to operate and I encourage most landscapers to look at one of these BEFORE considering a skid steer.
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:19 PM
mmacsek mmacsek is offline
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Thanks for the info. Alot to think about. Matt
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:51 AM
04cubcadet3235 04cubcadet3235 is offline
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i have a 1987 deere 210c 4x4 backhoe , never any problems and loads of hp and torque
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:05 AM
koster_irrigation koster_irrigation is offline
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I have a 2011 kubota b26, backhoe and front end loader. its a great machine for its size.

It will do what you need it to do.
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