/ how to build your own custom backhoe subframe #151
Are you sure your hoe is only 600#? Any side-view pix of it, with something nearby for scale? That is a pretty small Kubota.
I am for close-coupling the hoe to the tractor, for sure. I see you have the rice paddy tires. You can get away with as little as a finger's-width spacing there, but it will require walking on the rear tire to mount the hoe seat.
Here’s a photo of its plate. Originally 315kg. It is only a little one. I haven’t really used it much. So don’t have many photos and now it’s in my garage it’s tricky to photograph for scale. I’m using an extra wide angle lens on these pics so it may skew the scale some.
those are the tyres I got it with. Quite aggressive!