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Nealm66

Minister of Fire
Sep 25, 2020
1,030
Western Washington
It’s nice to have a tractor around on a couple acres. I love the forklift attachment. The backhoe is definitely been handy. Just recently ran some waterline out and put a freeze faucet in. Digging out decent size stumps with mine wouldn’t work but it’s big enough to do ditch work in my ground. I used it to dig the power in to my house. It’s a 33 new Holland and no complaints. I believe financing was under 2%. I’ve used the post hole attachment a few times and was glad to have it but probably wasn’t worth the cost and really not worth the time it takes to unhook the backhoe and connect it. Cost wise, I’d have saved a ton of money just renting when/what I needed but I’d probably buy it again if I could turn back time. Food for thought anyways
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
6,116
Downeast Maine
For digging post holes I've been exceedingly happy with my loader mounted hydraulic auger drive. I run it off my third function and it can spin forward and backward. It was spendy compared to a PTO hole digger, but we have lots of rock/stone and hard packed clay and the reverse function and having it hooked to the FEL is really nice. If I had longer hoses I could run it off one of my rear remotes if I didn't have the third function. I also spent a bit more for rock augers with carbide teeth, but that might not be necessary for your application. Seems most newer turbo diesel tractors with an HST have enough hydraulic flow for smaller skid steer/CTL stuff, but definitely check the specs for whatever tractors you are shopping. I've seen some people run PTO hydraulic pumps if the tractor doesn't have enough hydraulic capacity.
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
6,116
Downeast Maine
It’s nice to have a tractor around on a couple acres. I love the forklift attachment. The backhoe is definitely been handy. Just recently ran some waterline out and put a freeze faucet in. Digging out decent size stumps with mine wouldn’t work but it’s big enough to do ditch work in my ground. I used it to dig the power in to my house. It’s a 33 new Holland and no complaints. I believe financing was under 2%. I’ve used the post hole attachment a few times and was glad to have it but probably wasn’t worth the cost and really not worth the time it takes to unhook the backhoe and connect it. Cost wise, I’d have saved a ton of money just renting when/what I needed but I’d probably buy it again if I could turn back time. Food for thought anyways
There are times I wish I had financed the backhoe when I bought my tractor instead of passing on the extra expense.
 

Nealm66

Minister of Fire
Sep 25, 2020
1,030
Western Washington
There are times I wish I had financed the backhoe when I bought my tractor instead of passing on the extra expense.
The local new Holland dealer is pretty good here. They had me buy the woods backhoe and said it was better than the new Holland. I also saw a larger Massey Ferguson with they’re backhoe attachment in action that wasn’t as good. Guess I’m saying you wouldn’t be out any extra if you went that route but maybe interest rate might be higher
 
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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
6,116
Downeast Maine
The local new Holland dealer is pretty good here. They had me buy the woods backhoe and said it was better than the new Holland. I also saw a larger Massey Ferguson with they’re backhoe attachment in action that wasn’t as good. Guess I’m saying you wouldn’t be out any extra if you went that route but maybe interest rate might be higher
The Kioti backhoes are made by Woods, as are the loaders I believe. Some day I probably will get one. There's a boat shop down the road that has a Kioti or Kubota with a backhoe and I get jealous sometimes.
 

salecker

Minister of Fire
Aug 22, 2010
1,476
Northern Canada
Yes there are 4x4 backhoes but you aren't going to find them cheap. But really a big 2wd backhoe is pretty capable.
Look around i bought a 1990 Cat 426 4x4 backhoe on a sealed bid for $3333.09.Foam filled tires,frost bucket,street sweeper,and front clam bucket.The coupler between the trans and torque converter is gone.
Best part about it is it's the same machine as i currently have,now i have to decide is it just for parts or do i fix it so i have 2 running.
 
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brenndatomu

Minister of Fire
Aug 21, 2013
6,393
NE Ohio
i bought a 1990 Cat 426 4x4 backhoe on a sealed bid for $3333.09.Foam filled tires,frost bucket,street sweeper,and front clam bucket.
Stop, thief! ;lol
 

showrguy

Minister of Fire
Aug 2, 2015
515
Marysville, Pa.
There are millions of pieces of equipment that haven’t seen cover since the day they left the factory.
Yea, I bought my first John Deere 410 used 22 years ago for 10 grand, and planned to sell it once my house was built.,
well, that did’nt happen. once you have a real size,/weight machine and learn how to “operate” it you’ll never be without one..
I bought a 2nd machine, John Deere 310 for my camp in Clinton county 6 years ago>….. Don’t regret either of those buys..
 

salecker

Minister of Fire
Aug 22, 2010
1,476
Northern Canada
Stop, thief! ;lol
Had to move Backhoe#2 with backhoe #1 yesterday.
Of course the final resting spot was in the way for progress.
Put the batteries back in it and it fired right up one tire was low hydraulics all worked
But it still dosn't move on it's own,Parked for 4 years i was hoping that someone had fixed it.
Friggen night shift never does any work.

backhoe x2.jpg
 

ericm979

Member
Nov 2, 2018
15
California
A B7100 loader does not have SSQA. You'll need to add that so you can put a grapple on it. The mounting plate and even the lightest grapple will consume about 300-350 lbs. If I remember right the factory loader is rated for about 750 lbs. That does not leave a lot. And the B7100 is manual steering only. I had a B7100 and have a larger Branson with a grapple now. Grapple and B7100 just don't go together.

I got a used Branson BH for my Branson. It works but a mini ex would be better.