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  1. #1

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    San Diego, CA
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    NH TC40D

    Default Backhoes

    Ok, I'm about to purchase a backhoe. The local dealer has a BushHog 768H with pump and subframe for $6700. Good price? Also, I would greatly appreciate any comments regarding BushHog quality, as well as any tips on which brand is easiest to mount/dismount, and requires the least amount of 3 pt disassembly. Thanks


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    Albany, NY
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    NH TC33D

    Default Re: Backhoes

    Sorry, I can't comment on the BushHog backhoe. I have the New Holland 757 backhoe. It is very easy to put on and take off. Just 2 pins in front, disconnect the hydraulic lines and drive away. Another nice feature is that you also don't have to remove the 3pt hitch arms.

    Mike Swanson

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    Veteran Member hayden's Avatar
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    MA/VT
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    Kubota L5740 cab + FEL, Cat D5G dozer, Kubota KX121 excavtor

    Default Re: Backhoes

    I'm not familiar with the Brushhog or the NH tractors, but the usual suspects, aside from the NH branded hoes would be Woods and Bradco. I've seen Woods painted blue and mounted on NH tractors.


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    Default Re: Backhoes

    Don't know, but if you check the classifieds section of this site there was new Kelley hoes for $3750.


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    NH TC33D

    Default Re: Backhoes

    Anyone know how Kelly hoes stack up against Woods/Bradco/NH ?

    That's a price I could live with! (Can't read the adds, since the classifieds don't work with Netscape)


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    Fairfax, Franklin County, Vermont
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    1999 Cub Cadet 7260

    Default Re: Backhoes

    JohnInCa - I have a Cub Cadet hoe on my tractor. It's made by Woods, and is comparable to a Woods 7500. I'm real happy with it, no problems. I did get a subframe installed with it. There are lot's of opinions as to whether or not a subframe is necessary on a compact tractor hoe. I'm happy with mine, and am convinced it's a better setup.

    Whatever you get, I would recommend getting rear remote hydraulic plugs installed, rather than tap into the hydraulic block that powers your loader (assuming you have a loader). They make for a much handier and cleaner hookup, and they come in handy for other hydraulic implements as well (like a 3ph top-N-tilt).

    Corm


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    Albany, NY
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    NH TC33D

    Default Re: Backhoes

    My NH 757C is plumbed into the 'power beyond' from the loader because the backhoe needs a constant flow and has its own control valves. I also have a set of remotes installed with a control valve on the fender for running a hydraulic top link, snowblower and other applications that don't have their own control valves. Granted it would be easier to hook/unhook the backhoe if the couplers were positioned higher in the back next to my remote valves. As it is now I just have to reach down a little lower to attach the backhoe hoses.

    Mike Swanson

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    Location
    Far Eastern Central MA
    Tractor
    Kubota B2710

    Default Re: Backhoes

    Your other option is to get a hydraulic pump that runs off the PTO... This isolates the hoe hyraulics from the tractor hydraulics - ensures that the hydraulic output is matched to the hoe requirements - saves having to run extra plumbing - and makes for a stand alone unit when/if it comes time to sell (works for more tractors).

    I have a Woods 7500 with a sub-frame (highly recommend the sub-frame) and I love it. I have only broken my vow of "never picking up a shovel again" a few times... [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    Bill

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    Silver Member cedarranch's Avatar
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    Bremen, Alabama
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    Ford 3430 and Zetor Zebra 2520

    Default Re: Backhoes

    I bought a Kelley B600 and it has been great. I use it on my Zetor 25HP and my 40HP ford 3600. I bought the sub frame but only used it a few times. I take it off/put it on to many times to deal with the frame. The original drawbar bracket was a little weak and I broke it about a year ago trying to rip out a pine tree stump. Made the new one a little thicker and it has held up to a lot. Overall I am happy with the purchase, and I saved a bunch over the woods/bushhog/etc brands. At first I was worried that I should get the B750, but the B600 has met the challenge.
    http://cedarranch.home.mindspring.com/kelley.html


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    New Hampshire
    Tractor
    TC35D

    Default Re: Backhoes

    I have a Woods 9000 (painted NH blue) on a TC35D and like it a lot. Used it extensively this first season popping boulders out of my pastures and yard.

    Also started a small pond using it as well.

    They cost a lot, so you really need to make sure that it'll pay for itself.

    As others mention, go for the subframe mount if you'll be using it for some serious digging or lifting.

    Don't forget that bucket width is important as well.

    Bill


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