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    Elite Member Ken45101's Avatar
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    Default Re: Are small backhoes worth the $??

    Quote Originally Posted by two_bit_score View Post
    Usually small backhoes are worth it. Just have to match the BH To the jobs you expect to do.
    OR....just have patience and take a bit more time. No matter how small the backhoe, it beats digging with a shovel and a wheelbarrow

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    Default Re: Are small backhoes worth the $??

    Well, I own and operate a small landscape and hardscape business. Bought a BX25 w/ backhoe about a year ago. I use the backhoe part of the machine a few times a week and the machine get's used almost daily, and it get's used hard. For the size of the machine it digs very well and can get places the big machines can't which is important in my line of work.

    I know or know of quite a few homeowners that have small backhoes. Most of them look better than my machine did after a week of use, and most have a lot of paint left on the bucket. In my opinion it takes a lot of digging to justify 6k-8k. Many jobs can be done without the backhoe (you can do a lot with the Front end loader.), sure they may take a little longer, but keep in mind the big jobs it's going take you 3x longer with the little machine as it would to rent a big one. If it's not going to set you back $$$ and you want something to play with, then buy the darn thing. You'll probably find your nieghbors using your $20k machine for case of beer. But if it's a big $$$$ and you don't "really" need it then maybe you should think twice.

    Note: my machine takes me literally less than two minutes to completely disconect or connect the unit and about 5min to hook up the 3 point hitch arms.

    Just my 2cents,
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    Default Re: Are small backhoes worth the $??

    The hoe on my Kioti is the main reason i bought it. In use constantly along with my MEI mechanical thumb. Worth every penny. Besides, its fun to play with.

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    I could justify the $$$ for the FEL, but the backhoe was a bit much. I see two groups. The pros that are in business to keep the cost down, and the casual users who find convienance the biggest draw. I don't think I could get the mini-ex past the wife, but I might be able to wrangle the backhoe. Thing is, I still would love a mini dumper NOW. Moving material across my little piece of property a bucket at a time can get a bit tedious.
    If you are concerned about cost, I hate to buck the trend, I'd have to say it ain't cheap. Most pros rent because it can cost a lot to own and maintain the equipment. It can be handy, but I think it sounds like something i'd always be taking off every time i wanted to use a 3point implement.

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    Default Re: Are small backhoes worth the $??

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken45101 View Post
    ....They do make dump trailers, a lot less expensive than a dump truck

    Ken
    I already have a dump trailer. Best purchase I have made in a long time. It paid for itself on just one house.

    But...a dump trailer is too small for a lot of the stuff I want to do. Of course the operative word there is "want". I can probably learn to live with the dump trailer.
    40 Acres on a hill - fantastic view. JD 110 TLB, 4-n-1, 12" bucket, 18" bucket, Addington thumb, rock bucket (doubles as root grapple)

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    Default Re: Are small backhoes worth the $??

    Quote Originally Posted by CurlyDave View Post
    I already have a dump trailer. Best purchase I have made in a long time. It paid for itself on just one house.

    But...a dump trailer is too small for a lot of the stuff I want to do. Of course the operative word there is "want". I can probably learn to live with the dump trailer.
    Maybe get a bigger dump trailer??

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    Default Re: Are small backhoes worth the $??

    Quote Originally Posted by scoutcub View Post
    Maybe get a bigger dump trailer??
    Do you think this would be big enough for Dave?


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    Default Re: Are small backhoes worth the $??

    I got my woods groundbreaker 7500 from Craigslist for $3500.

    The ability to do projects that require a backhoe on my schedule when i want was worth every penny.

    Could i have rented a mini-hoe every time i needed to use one, but likely would have spent more in the long run, and would not have done what *I* wanted to do when *I* wanted to do it. what i mean is im not likely to spend a day, to pick up the rental machine , dig out one small tree, then clean it up and drop it off by the end of the day. I would have waited till i had 3 or 4 projects lined up so i could "justify" spending the $$ on the rental for a weekend.

    Not only do i believe its more expensive, but also not nearly as convenient to rent a mini hoe vs owning a rear hoe for your tractor.

    I should add I bought mine to work on my property as i was developing it. Putting in drains, electrical, digging out trees, putting in trees, putting in drain feild etc. Not only did i use it for that property but we ended up moving to a second property that needed basicly all that over again. So i have been able to show a long term continued use for mine that also justified me spending them money to buy it.
    Steve - TC33D 4x4 FEL, dual rear remotes with toys

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    Default Re: Are small backhoes worth the $??

    Quote Originally Posted by schmism View Post
    The ability to do projects that require a backhoe on my schedule when i want was worth every penny.
    Yes. One is not so likely to rent a piece of equipment for a ten minute job. And that's the beauty of having a backhoe is that it let's you do a job in ten minutes that would take an hour or two with a shovel. Of course, YMMV.

    Without the equipment handy, a lot of little jobs would just never get done.

    Ken

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    Default Re: Are small backhoes worth the $??

    I am thinking of buying a small TLB something like a B20 or B21 (used) and was wondering if anyone can tell me how hard it is to remove the backhoe from these tractors. There is also a Kioti ck35 and a Cub Cadet 7300 for sale with a backhoe attachment. Since we are talking about value, can someone give me an idea on which of these would be the best value. They are all priced around $12,000. My uses would be digging out small/medium sized rocks, digging draining ditches and using it to maintain the edges of my ponds.
    2010 LS P-7010C 20F/20R gear tractor & FEL, 2009 Kubota B 26 TLB, RTV 900 Kubota,17 foot Lund boat with 70HP motor, 2012-20 ft 12k GVW trailer, 2011- 52" Craftsman ZTR mower, 2013 Ferris Zero Turn, 3 weed whackers, pressure washer, leaf blowers, 7 foot bush hog, 8 foot landscape rake , 8 foot 3 PH disc, 2 row cultivator, 350 amp Miller AC/DC welding machine and all the tools needed to keep them all repaired and running.

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