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  1. #21
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    Didn't intend to have a Deere fleet - it just happened 310C, F915 & 5200

    Default Re: Backhoes

    I bought a used Deere 310C. It has been a learning experience well worth the $13,000 I paid. The machine is much more capable lifting, reaching and digging than my tractorr.

  2. #22
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    265 MF / JD 310B Backhoe

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    Quote Originally Posted by hosspuller View Post
    I bought a used Deere 310C. It has been a learning experience well worth the $13,000 I paid. The machine is much more capable lifting, reaching and digging than my tractorr.
    Our 1983 JD 310B was my first operating of a FEL or hoe and for sure it was a learning experience. It is a keeper too or one similar to it. Awesome for clearing ground. Just added the thumb below and like it.


    8"x32" Mechanical Thumb for Mini Excavator Backhoe USA | eBay

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    From Vt, in Va, retiring to MS
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    Kubota's - B7610, M4700

    Default Re: Backhoes

    One other thing I don't see mentioned is speed.
    As I mentioned one of the things I want to do is trail maintenance, on trails that are narrow on purpose to discourage trucks. Thus no trailers going down them.
    I don't know the top speed of all the min-ex's but I'm sure it's a lot slower than my 10mph kubota.
    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, 5' Big Bee cutter, with a 2002 7.3L Ford F350 CC DRW 4x4 and '07 18' Hudson HSE Deluxe trailer - 5 Ton to haul it all

  4. #24
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    I guess it depends on the type of trail, but a 2 speed excavator moves faster than you can walk. I'd rather have a mini ex for trail grooming in west Virginia... Midwest or south, not so much.

    Also a mini ex will get the job done faster if the trail is fairly rutted, so the speed issue becomes a wash.

  5. #25
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    265 MF / JD 310B Backhoe

    Default Re: Backhoes

    Nothing is better than a special purpose machine for a specific task. Nothing is worse than a special purpose machine for any and all tasks.

  6. #26
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    Agreed.

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    Default Re: Backhoes

    Took me about 3 years of steady looking on Craigslist to find my woods Ground breaker for $3K.

    a small 3pt hoe on a large class 1 3pt shouldnt be an issue. if your putting a hoe thats sized for the machine its supposed to go on, a subframe is the way to go.
    Steve - TC33D 4x4 FEL, dual rear remotes with toys

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