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    Deere 110tlb, 4520, x749, L130

    Default Re: Backhoe Stabilizers: Horizontal vs. Vertical style.

    Quote Originally Posted by PatasColo View Post
    Looking at used TLBs. I've seen a couple of backhoes with stabilizers that are vertical and close-in to the tractor body, as opposed to the more common ones that drop down to the sides of the tractor like the wings of a butterfly (outriggers). Below are two pics to show what I mean... vertical vs. horizontal.

    I know that the horizontal ones act like an outrigger giving more sideways stability. Anything else I should be concerned about or know before buying one that has vertical stabilizers, as shown in the first pic? Are they just too "tippy" side-to-side?
    Thanks in advance... -Mitch

    I haven't seen any of the vertical outriggers that extend and the big problem with these is the potential for falling into a ditch. I would strongly recommend you go with the horizontal stabilizers unless you have a specific need for a vertical model. The wider stance is also beneficial operating on steep slopes too.

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    Default Re: Backhoe Stabilizers: Horizontal vs. Vertical style.

    The Bobcat hoe attachments that I've seen have the vertical stabilizer design as well. Poor stability on slopes and uneven terrain...

    "Most people want to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it."

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    Default Re: Backhoe Stabilizers: Horizontal vs. Vertical style.

    The vertical posts are very popular here where I'm working in Eastern Europe. But, all on full sized machines, offering more stability. I personally would be leery of a small TLB as in the first pic. My 32 HP TLB has the standard outriggers, and even those will shift around if you get into some serious digging.....I don't want a narrower, vertical stance.

    And I agree wholeheartedly with Robert in NY......I'm about ready to sell several toys to buy that 'E' series CAT backhoe......that thing is NICE!!!

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