Page 3 of 6 FirstFirst 123456 LastLast
Results 21 to 30 of 59
  1. #21
    Elite Member sodamo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    3,310
    Location
    Big Island, HI
    Tractor
    Kioti CK30HST, Case DX35

    Default

    There's likely dozens of reasons not to have one, but they seem to disappear when doing that one job you're doing.

    BTW, learning how to use that BH was likely the most humbling experience in my tractoring days. LOL
    David
    Please visit: Vacation Hawaii

    CK30HST, FEL w/ATI Tach all, Toothbar, Pallet forks, BH, Hydraulic Offset Flail, Brush Hog, Box Blade, PHD, Tiller, Landscape Rake, Boom pole w/extension&winch, Quick hitch, TuffTop Canopy
    Case DX35 w/LX116 "bobtach" Loader,

  2. #22
    Platinum Member caver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    505
    Location
    Sikeston, MO
    Tractor
    Fisher Price, toddlers first tractor.

    Default Re: Are small backhoes worth the $??

    Quote Originally Posted by sodamo View Post
    BTW, learning how to use that BH was likely the most humbling experience in my tractoring days. LOL
    I'm learning all over for the second time with a 4 stick Case 580.
    Claude farmer

  3. #23
    Gold Member El Wood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    271
    Location
    Michigan
    Tractor
    JD 3320

    Default

    Thanks for the comments and advice. I think I'm going to go for it. I have 20 acres (future house site) with half being high and flat (previous owner farmed beans). The other half is low and swampy. I'm going to need to make a 400 ft road through the forest to the previously mentioned pond site. I'm thinking the JD 2520 with FEL and hoe. I'm also going to trade in my 5 by 10 trailer and pick up something I can haul the tractor with. Anybody know if 7 by 14 would be big enough assuming the FEL and hoe are attached?

  4. #24
    Elite Member Ken45101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    3,247
    Location
    southern Ohio
    Tractor
    Kubota M5040, M9540, B21 TLB, B2710, RTV900, JD 325 Skid steer, KX-121-3 mini excavator

    Default Re: Are small backhoes worth the $??

    Quote Originally Posted by dlauffenburger View Post
    I talked to one contractor who is selling his and he told me that the mini's work good if you are going to be working on fairly hard surfaces but he has found that if you take it onto soft or muddy soils the track systems are severely underpowered and tend to get stuck, hence the reason he is selling. I would be using it on the farm to dig ditches etc so his comments were a big eye opener and turn off for me.
    He is not making sense. In soft soils, it's not power you need, it's traction. And the beauty of an mini ex is that the hoe can pull it out if it gets stuck.



    Quote Originally Posted by cowpatty View Post
    I am in the same category as CurlyDave and JDFire....now that I have the backhoe, it would be sweet to have a small dump truck to complement it.

    But then again, a skid steer/mini x/dumptruck combo would be pretty sweet...maybe one day my ship will come in..
    They do make dump trailers, a lot less expensive than a dump truck

    Ken

  5. #25
    Elite Member newbury's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    4,622
    Location
    From Vt, in Va, retiring to MS
    Tractor
    Kubota's - B7610, M4700

    Default Re: Are small backhoes worth the $??

    Quote Originally Posted by Greatlakes37 View Post
    Anybody know if 7 by 14 would be big enough assuming the FEL and hoe are attached?
    Nope, get at least 18'
    My rides - '95 Kubota M4700 w/ PEC, LA1001 FEL :'07 B7610, LA352 FEL, Bush Hog SBX 48 box blade, '09 Woods BH70-X w/ 16" bucket and thumb, 3pt pallet forks, Dale Phillips PHD, Jinma 8" chipper, 2 Piranha's, Winco 12KW PTO generator, Howse plow, 5' KK tiller with a 2002 7.3L Ford F350 CC DRW 4x4 and '07 18' Hudson HSE Deluxe trailer - 5 Ton to haul it all

  6. #26
    Elite Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    4,043
    Location
    SW WA
    Tractor
    Kubota BX2360

    Default Re: Are small backhoes worth the $??

    The trailer must do more than just contain the load. You need room forward and backwards to move the tractor to balance the load for correct hitch weight.

    It might happen to balance correctly with a short trailer. If so, go buy a lottery ticket before your luck runs out!



    Bruce

  7. #27
    Member BroBro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    40
    Location
    West Virginia
    Tractor
    John Deere 3203

    Default Re: Are small backhoes worth the $??

    No one ever said farmers were smart just very very wise !!!!
    Lord Help me to be the person my DOG think's I am !!

    Problem is those that work are outnumbered by those that VOTE !!!!

    3203 JD ,300 FEL, 5 ft. King Cutter Brush Hog, 6 ft. Box Blade, Hay Spear, JD Scraper Blade, 1986 Ford Ranger Farm Truck.
    40 Caliber Glock with me at all time's.

  8. #28
    Super Member two_bit_score's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    7,617
    Location
    Texas - from the brush and pear to the piney woods
    Tractor
    John Deere 110 TLB

    Default Re: Are small backhoes worth the $??

    Usually small backhoes are worth it. Just have to match the BHTo the jobs you expect to do.

  9. #29
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    102

    Default

    I've got a bh80 with thumb on my 1720. It's nice to have. Is not really great at digging but it is good for pulling rocks or moving rocks short distances. It is far from doing this efficiently though. A min ex will run circles around a tractor mounted backhoe. So, if you are short on time or get really frustrated working inefficiently go for a mini ex
    Last edited by Morning Wood; 04-08-2012 at 08:16 PM.

  10. #30
    Silver Member roman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    148
    Location
    New Hampshire (live free or die)
    Tractor
    Ford 1720

    Default Re: Are small backhoes worth the $??

    I have a small woods bh6500 on my 1720 with a subframe. I have done a few things so far but have bid plans for it. I know it will do what I want and the cost was a no brainer. I use it when I want and when (if) I sell it I will at least break even.
    Look around for a used one if cost is a factor, patience is a virtue!
    Ford 1720, Sims cab, FEL, Woods subframe backhoe, Fisher 7' hydro angle plow, Wallenstein 3 pth splitter, 5' blade, 3 pth carry-all, 3 pth ballast

Page 3 of 6 FirstFirst 123456 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Can a guy do this with a small CUT?
    By pax in forum Owning/Operating
    Replies: 31
    Last Post: 06-05-2008, 06:53 PM
  2. Big or small what does it all?
    By Brokermike in forum Buying/Pricing/Comparisons
    Replies: 40
    Last Post: 01-22-2008, 08:05 PM
  3. Help on small barn plans
    By RussMan in forum Projects
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-19-2007, 10:02 PM
  4. Small MIGs Really any difference?
    By g42guy in forum Build-It Yourself
    Replies: 31
    Last Post: 11-14-2004, 08:12 AM
  5. Tractor Sizing garden tractor size backhoes
    By Anonymous Poster in forum Kubota Buying/Pricing
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 05-14-2001, 02:11 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2014 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.