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    Default Backhoe Storage

    Noticed some of the posts discussing home built storage units for a variety of implements allowing easy on/off. I have done similar for the easier stuff - box blade, pallet forks, brush hog. All my wheeled storage "devices" are essentially heavy duty, custom sized dollies that allow me to move the implement into tighter storage within the barn to save working space. I am now in the middle of trying to figure out how best to do this for my detachable backhoe. By the way, it is coming off of a JD4600. I started thinking of the same dolly format except to add height with a built up platform by simply stacking a couple of board thicknesses vs. one and then linking a "arm" to a joint and attaching a smaller second dolly to support the bucket. The one issue I keep fretting over is the height of the platform and I'm thinking it would take too many layers to get there and maintain rigidity for the near 1,000 lb weight not to mention the wheel strength. Now I've started looking at motorcycle jack stands with wheels or hydraulic table carts to replace the main dolly. Of course these are more expensive, though appear to provide stable platforms. HAVE YOU EVER DONE or seen anything like this?? Appreciate all insights, suggestion, thoughts!!

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    Default Re: Backhoe Storage

    Do a search on backhoe dolly and you'll see several renditions.

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    Default Re: Backhoe Storage

    Here's one I built out of 2x6's and casters from Northern




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    Default Re: Backhoe Storage

    Really appreciate both suggestions and love the pictures. I turned up a couple of other home built that look similar to yours when I was searching around. IN fact, if you own a smaller kubota there is a company that makes a nice little unit - bxpanded.com.

    Presume you used heavy screws to attach the casters to the 2x4. Looks like you get about 9-10 height combining 3 2x4 on the casters. I don't remember my measurement though think I need to get closer to 14inch. I'm also guessing that the "tongue" you made to go out to the bucket is static - doesn't articulate left and right at all. Your backhoe looks similar in size (roughly 900 lbs) so I'm thinking of following your lead!! Will watch for more ideas of course as this weekend I'm finishing the doors to a my "new" (newly reconfigured and salvaged) old barn that will house the tractor and its toys!! Won't start on the dolly till next weekend. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Backhoe Storage

    I'm going to build one for my backhoe attachment. I ordered and received 3 dollies from Northern Tool catalog;


    I plan on assembling them in a triangular pattern to match up with my hoe. Each can handle the total weight of the hoe, so I'm not too worried that they won't hold up to the task.

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    Default Re: Backhoe Storage

    Quote Originally Posted by nitewowl View Post

    Presume you used heavy screws to attach the casters to the 2x4. Looks like you get about 9-10 height combining 3 2x4 on the casters. I don't remember my measurement though think I need to get closer to 14inch. I'm also guessing that the "tongue" you made to go out to the bucket is static - doesn't articulate left and right at all. Your backhoe looks similar in size (roughly 900 lbs) so I'm thinking of following your lead!!
    I used some lag bolts, those are 2x6's. The height you quote sounds right, my 'hoe is a 3-pt so it works fine, using it about two years now. The tongue is not articulated, and if I recall the weight of an LW6 is 1200-1300 lbs. Only the caster on the tongue is a swivel, I would make all three swivels were I doing it again. I might also consider putting two casters out on the tongue, I'm always thinking it might be possible to tip the thing, that would be a project to get it upright again.

    It's still a massive thing to move, but one person can do it OK.

    I thought about the mover's dollies, but 1300 lb 'hoe could bust them pretty quick, I'm sure.

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    Default Re: Backhoe Storage

    I have not built back hoe dolly, but many others. Most of the time we use car dollys from Harbor Freight. Normally around 40.00 pair when we purchased & have gotten a pair from Homier for 20.00. (4 steel swivel caster ea dolly.)
    Neal

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    Default Re: Backhoe Storage

    Actually, I remembered one more thing. I wanted to use as large a set of wheels as I could to ease rolling.

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    Default Re: Backhoe Storage

    I've been thinking about building one of these myself. I have what is called an AquaCart used for storing jet ski's. Seems to be a perfect size, just needs a deck. I don't know what the load rating of it is and it is all aluminum but seeing some of the others posted here I think it might work. Does anybody know what a jet ski weighs? It is a great cart and I don't want to mess it up so, I've been just looking and thinking about it but. Think this would work? My backhoe is about 1200 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Airic View Post
    I've been thinking about building one of these myself. I have what is called an AquaCart used for storing jet ski's. Seems to be a perfect size, just needs a deck. I don't know what the load rating of it is and it is all aluminum but seeing some of the others posted here I think it might work. Does anybody know what a jet ski weighs? It is a great cart and I don't want to mess it up so, I've been just looking and thinking about it but. Think this would work? My backhoe is about 1200 lbs.
    Jet skis, (sit down) weight up to 1000 lbs. The new ones are heavy! That doesnt mean that the cart is rated for that either..

    by the way that is a nice cart. I have to build one for my ski...

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