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Anyone have exerience with Komatsu backhoes?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by mow king, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 571

    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!.


  2. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Messages: 3,793

    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.
  3. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,164

    I've never run a Komatsu but a Case 580 I used a while back struggled to get 4500lbs of pipe off my trailer.
  4. tbi

    tbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 493

    I demoed one a few years ago and it bounced so bad in travel mode it was never an option.
  5. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,137

    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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