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    Default My homemade backhoe made from a riding mower

    This isn't finished quite yet. But I thought I would show some pics of my backhoe. I still have to get the cylinders and some hoses. But I basically got everything welded up.

    As well as put in some bigger bolts. I just got some small ones in there to hold the thing up.

    I also need to make a connector for the cylinder to attach to the bucket.

    I'll post more pictures as well as a video of it in action when it's finished.

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    Default Re: My homemade backhoe made from a riding mower

    Might want some rear stabilizer feet on there to keep it from flipping over backward when you hit some hard dirt. (unless I just couldn't see them)
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    Default Re: My homemade backhoe made from a riding mower

    Quote Originally Posted by Qapla View Post
    Might want some rear stabilizer feet on there to keep it from flipping over backward when you hit some hard dirt. (unless I just couldn't see them)
    I'll add some stabilizers to it soon. That's something I don't want " for it To flip over".

    I'm planning on doing manual stabilizers and then later make some hydraulic ones. I'm also now thinking of adding a front bucket to it. A friend of mine has a loader bucket that I might buy from him and rig it on the front.

    Also was gonna buy a hydraulic tank, and a friend brought one over and gave it to me.

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    Default Re: My homemade backhoe made from a riding mower

    I'm wondering what you are going to run the hydraulics with? How are you going to set all that up?

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    Default Re: My homemade backhoe made from a riding mower

    Did you strengthen the mower framer?

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    Default Re: My homemade backhoe made from a riding mower

    Quote Originally Posted by HiTechTed View Post
    I'm wondering what you are going to run the hydraulics with? How are you going to set all that up?
    I'm gonna mount the hydraulic pump on the frame of the mower and run the pump off the deck pulley. So the v-twin motor that runs the mower will be running the hydraulic pump.

    I don't have the deck to the mower anymore so I won't be mowing with it. So I figure the deck pulley will be perfect.

    I'm gonna mount the hydraulic fluid tank on the front so that way they'll be some extra weight on the front.


    Quote Originally Posted by BruceWard View Post
    Did you strengthen the mower framer?
    I haven't done that yet. But I was thinking about it.

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    Default Re: My homemade backhoe made from a riding mower

    Interesting build. Have thought of something like this before, myself. Keep us updated.

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    Default Re: My homemade backhoe made from a riding mower

    Neat way to escape jamming the foot on the shovel and the back break from the lifting! I like it!!

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    Default Re: My homemade backhoe made from a riding mower

    Quote Originally Posted by chad22 View Post
    I haven't done that yet. But I was thinking about it.
    Impressive work so far!

    I think that you could end up with a pretzel if you do not strengthen the frame. Especially if you put a bucket on the front.

    You might consider installing four stabilisers, two at the front and two at the back. I would give them sharp feet. The backhoe will be pulling against the stabilisers. When the front of the bucket pushes into the soil it places stress on the front axle or front bucket. When you pull the bucket out with the spoils it places stress on the rear axle or stabilisers. Pulling the bucket forward will likely drag the mower backward, sharp feet on the stabilisers may help hold it in place.

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    Default Re: My homemade backhoe made from a riding mower

    Hi all,

    I am thinking that the bucket might need some teeth, to help you dig through that tough top soil. You might want to weld some CAT 6/7? washers on either side of the bolts to prevent shearing the square tubing from the force the hydralics.

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