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Old 09-10-2013, 07:51 PM
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Anyone have exerience with Komatsu backhoes?

I need a machine for moving around palletized material weighing 5000k lbs or less in a loose stone parking lot.

I was/still might buy a telehandler but I was thinking a backhoe should do that job no problem? I could also use the machine to plow snow in the winter and for trenching in the summer time.

For about the same money seems like a lot more useful machine - Thoughts on this?

More specifically this machine caught my eye: 4x4, heated cab, and local!.

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Old 09-10-2013, 09:26 PM
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not sure what the specs are on that machine, but I've seen plenty of worn out backhoes struggle with 3k lb pallets.. I think 5k would be pushing it on an older machine unless it's in really good condition and rated high enough.

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Old 09-10-2013, 10:18 PM
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I've never run a Komatsu but a Case 580 I used a while back struggled to get 4500lbs of pipe off my trailer.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:36 PM
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I demoed one a few years ago and it bounced so bad in travel mode it was never an option.
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:43 PM
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Komatsu had serious issues with premature wear and cracking in the back hoe and main swing pin. They are just nightmares to rebuild and re-bush. A good acid test is to lift the machine up with just the main boom and watch for wiggling in all backhoe pivot points.
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