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The next work horse.

Post in 'The Gear' started by Gasifier, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    I sold my last tractor, Kabota L 3710 with loader/backhoe and wanted to find something with more lift capacity and stronger digging Backhoe. This is a 2005 Bobcat B300 loader/backhoe. Took a while to find a stronger machine that had everything I wanted without breaking the bank. This has a cab with heat, auxiliary hydraulics front and rear, quick connect on loader with heavy duty bucket and heavy duty pallet forks. 611 hours. AWD and all wheel steering. Should not tear up the turf much with all wheel steering. It has been raining a lot lately though. I have to stay of the finished grass area because the machine weighs more. It weighs in at 9260 lbs. I almost went with a full size loader backhoe but this will get into a tighter places in the woods to retrieve those logs!

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  2. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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  3. MasterMech

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    Looks like a little powerhouse for sure! As you noted, the machine is very heavy for its size so you will not want to be driving on wet turf.

    Can't wait to see some action shots! ;)
  4. maple1

    maple1 Minister of Fire

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    Nice find!

    Don't know a lot about Bobcats but have quite a bit of Kubota experience - hard to beat their reliability. Good luck (and have fun!).
  5. Foragefarmer

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    If it is anything like my Bobcat T190, then it likely has a Kubota engine in it. ;)

    Nice machine! Is it all hydrostatic?
  6. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    The 46 HP Kubota engine has good power. The machine is built pretty heavy duty, which is what I was looking for. It's lift capacity or operating load rating is like 3200 lbs. I will be building firewood "bins" out of free pallets so I can move it around with machine.
  7. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    Machine has a transmission similar to a power reverser I think you would call it. No clutching needed. You go from forward to reverse with a lever on the left side of the steering wheel. My last tractor had hydrostatic with just a pedal. Push forward or back. Very slick and simple. But it was difficult to find a machine with all the capabilities I wanted and hydrostatic. So this is what I went with. I will eventually be able to put a hydraulic thumb on the backhoe and a grapple and meriod of other attachments on the front. The grapple being the first thing that I would really want. I am going to be doing some clearing and landscaping of some land and a grapple would be the [​IMG]
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  8. flyingcow

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    Nice unit

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