Has anyone seen a backhoe like this before?

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A guy that I used to work with text me wanting to sell this for cheap. At first I thought the boom would be good to go on my buddies trencher and the hydraulics would be good for another project. Maybe converting my dump trailer. But when I actually looked at it it’s not the cobbled up homemade project I thought. It’s a manufactured piece by Kelly manufacturing in Ohio. It’s kinda cute. I hate to cut it up, I haven’t decided what’s going to happen to it yet.
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Looks a lot like a stripped parks trailbuilder.
This is the only image I have from an old craigslist posting. They were specially made for the state parks.
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My screen shows two totally different machines. I guess I better get a new display or something. :ROFLMAO:
 
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My screen shows two totally different machines. I guess I better get a new display or something.
Apperently there were a few different versions made by different companies. There is a historical website about them but I cant find it off hand.

Never said it was exactly the same machine.
 
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Here's the RonCo version; DR Towable Backhoe. It's considerably lighter duty than what the OP shows. My neighbor has one of these, and for their purposes it works out well.
It seems like if it's in good condition, the price is right and the owner just wants to get rid of it, you can buy it then decide what to do with it.
 
  
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Here's the RonCo version; DR Towable Backhoe. It's considerably lighter duty than what the OP shows. My neighbor has one of these, and for their purposes it works out well.
It seems like if it's in good condition, the price is right and the owner just wants to get rid of it, you can buy it then decide what to do with it.

It’s only $450. I already bought it before I started the thread. How could you go wrong for that money?
 
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It’s only $450. I already bought it before I started the thread. How could you go wrong for that money?
So much usable stuff right there for just $450. Definitely a nice score!
 
  
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So much usable stuff right there for just $450. Definitely a nice score!

That’s what I thought. I’d planned on taking it apart for parts when I got it but I don’t think I will now. I have a mini x already but this is kinda cool. Unlike the really flimsy towable backhoes this one is self propelled and steerable.
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Looks a lot like a stripped parks trailbuilder.
This is the only image I have from an old craigslist posting. They were specially made for the state parks. View attachment 710548

What would be the point of that vs a mini excavator? It looks just as expensive and lacks the ability to turn 360 degrees.
 
  
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Try and buy a mini ex for $450....

My $450 backhoe doesn’t have tracks, a blade, a thumb or currently even work. That machine CausticUrbanCoast posted is a pretty expensive machine.
 

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I would bet that thing "ditches" like a dream!
 

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What would be the point of that vs a mini excavator? It looks just as expensive and lacks the ability to turn 360 degrees.
They were made to create trails in state parks before mini excavators existed, they are also about a 1/2 the size of the smallest mini excavators on the market.

Here's a link to the Morrison version:
 

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Looks similar to what the plumber used when saw cut slab on ground floor of hospital during remodel to dig trenches.

Only difference is hydraulic power unit is electric... no fumes.
 

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A small digger is very handy. My small backhoe simply fits more places than the bigger one. Good deal just for parts, extremely good for a working machine.
 
  
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I got the little digger in working order. It’s no mini x but it actually works pretty good for what it is. The biggest problem is it’s very poor driving ability. It’s slow as a snail and has close to no traction.
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That’s pretty cool, I would have bought it too at that price!
 

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I built this when I was younger. It’s amazing what it would dig. But did not like to get around on the job site very fast either. Kinda crab clawed it’s way around. Was super handy and amazingly powerful for how small it was.
 
  
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Well, I decided to sell the mighty digger. Since I already have a mini x it wasn’t doing anything for me. I bought a junk skid loader now. I thought it would be handy to have around but after the first half hour of working on it I might sell it to.
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I had somethin similar that was called a 'Cricket' since it hopped to move using the boom.
Paid $1000. earned probably $2000 and sold it for $1000.
Was very useful in tight places and steep slopes.
Amazingly strong but also slow.
They were a favorite for trenching for hedge planting at rental yards for a while.
 
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"Junk skid steer" sounds like a nasty can of worms. Even broken is pretty bad for skid steers as they are not treated nicely.
 
  
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"Junk skid steer" sounds like a nasty can of worms. Even broken is pretty bad for skid steers as they are not treated nicely.

The hydraulics look good but the engine is running challenged.
 
  
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The skid loader has a blown head gasket and probably needs carb work. Hopefully with that done it’ll be operational. Otherwise I’ll probably sell it.
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Looks like a Briggs configuration, tiny engine for a skidsteer...

Yeah that's likely all that type needs.
 
  
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Looks like a Briggs configuration, tiny engine for a skidsteer...

Yeah that's likely all that type needs.

It’s a 4 cylinder Wisconsin 30 hp. It’s only a 2900 pound skid steer.
 
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Heck man if its just engine stuff you haven't even got to the fun part of working on a skid steer yet! :ROFLMAO:

<says a man with a 2900 lb Erickson 2548 skid steer. In his shop. :cautious:

I will say this.. if you have to work on broken skid steers in a small shop.. an electric pallet jack is a wonderful thing. Another near-junk purchase I revived 'enough' and use here and there.
 
  
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I got the skid steer running decent and decided I better move it along while it was still running. I traded it for a 4 wheeler. I nearly bought another skid steer with a non running kubota diesel for $1500 last week but I decided against it.
 

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Looks like you keep trading up (y)

I was wondering how them outriggers on that little hoe worked...then you posted the picture where you were digging....Cause the first pic I though man them are in the way.

The hydraulic tank looks just like the tank on the ditch witch trenchers....that triangle shape.

Looks like you keep stumbling into some fun and cheap projects...
 

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I'd keep it intact. Do some research on it, you might have a collectible unit!
 
  
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I'd keep it intact. Do some research on it, you might have a collectible unit!

I couldn’t bring myself to cut it up and my buddy wouldn’t sell me the trencher either. So I sold it.
 
  
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I moved on to more serious digging equipment. Here’s today’s purchase.
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I moved on to more serious digging equipment. Here’s today’s purchase. View attachment 721222
Looks good. Someone did a nice job painting. Usually paint overspray is all over the tires and hydraulic hoses..

But it could also be one of them 20/20 paint jobs. (looks good from 20' or at 20mph) :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:
 
  
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Looks good. Someone did a nice job painting. Usually paint overspray is all over the tires and hydraulic hoses..

But it could also be one of them 20/20 paint jobs. (looks good from 20' or at 20mph) :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:

It’s not a professional grade job, it’s probably just rustolulm paint but they did a pretty good job applying it.
 
 
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