I got to say that in the last couple months my life has had a huge change. I have 57 acres of mountain land just north of Antlers Oklahoma. This land needs to be shaped and molded to meet my expectations and at 60 years of age, my body has problems just working up good old fart. Hips need replacement (one to go) and just overall my get up and go got up and went.
My now my life has been renewed with a new vitality that I that I thought was lost a few years ago. I had to give up motorcycles because I could swing my leg over one. I have wanted to purchase a backhoe for years but it just wasn't in the cards. I started my search for the right unit. I needed to get the right tractor for the right price from the right folks and I hit a bulls eye.
Blue River Tractors in Durant Oklahoma proved to be just what I was looking for. I had no prior knowledge of tractors, backhoes, loaders 3 point hitches PTO's mid and rear but know by George I think I have got it.
The Mahindra 3016 is great for my needs. I do not pull a brush hog so this unit's PTO hp is not an issue and for those of you who have never pulled a brush hog man they need hp big time. If you need more PTO hp you should used a 3616 .
I did in rocks with a strange approach: I run rpms down low 1500 and pick at the rock formations instead of trying to power through them. I dig all around the big ones till I can unearth them. With a 20 inch bucket I think it works well digging around them and picking you can never have enough power to power through it's just too rough. Anyone can did in soil but rocks take a special technique low rpms low fuel consumption easy on the tractor. 20 gallons of fuel in 30 hrs of operation.
Thus far I have put up 6 sections of galvanized chain link 18 ft long dug a 2 1/2 deep ditch across the main road loaded a new stove onto my four foot tall deck going into my home pulled around an ATV that died. I had no one else to drive ATV so I pulled it where i wanted it not where it wanted to go. I pushed tons of rock to new locations to clean up areas. I lifted an old doge van with flat tires to it's new home. i pushed over trees and used the thumb YES THE THUMB A NEAT device that allows me to single out individual rocks and place them exactly where I want them man this things works well. The backhoe has it's own seat in cast you have a hoe that wants to ride shotgun.
I want you to know I could sleep for a month before I ordered this tractor and now I understand why I am in tractor heaven this has been great for all I need it too do. Now i can't sleep at night because i can't wait to get on this babe and go out in life and take on the new challenges. If you ask me now a days, the golden question, "can you dig it ?" The answer is, "You bet! Now I can thanks to Mahindra 3016."