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Back hoe attachment for compact tractor

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by newleaflandscape, Oct 30, 2003.

  1. newleaflandscape

    newleaflandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 348

    I have been thinking of buying one of those back hoe attachments for my compact tractor. Its a 35 horse john deere. I can get a nice used one that mounts on the frame with quicktach for 3500 bucks. We rent those little kubota excavator so much for digging odd retaining walls and stuff that I am thinking it would go be good money spent. Wondering if any of you guys have one and if there are any pros and cons to them. I know they arent near as versatile as using an excavator, but I figured I could save on the rental fees even if it takes me longer to use this. I have heard from many to never buy one that attaches to the three point, but other then that there isnt alot of info on them out there, and I am still wondering if a compact tractor is really built to use such a thing.
  2. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Posts: 4,900

    I gotta hoe on a tc 40 and there are so many variables. I would make sure it has a seperate pump for the hoe as the compacts just don't put out enough gpm flow to run a hoe unless its small one. There slow but faster than a shovel imo get a bradco hoe if possable. If you can get a pto pump and hook it up it will give you more power than your trac wants to take.
  3. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 822

    I don't know how you could even go back to using a backhoe .I would lookd to get a small excavator even if it was used.It's nice to spin 180 deg. to dump them pick up with your loader.

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