Have been shopping for a backhoe for my 4300 for a couple of months. Have looked at used and new and googled everything I could to try to make an educated decision.
The used ones I found have been too far away to make it practical to buy. New ones are very expensive.
My use would be for putting in culverts, road ditches, trenching for water and power lines, and any holes that need to be dug.
Maybe used occasionally to get out stumps or large rocks. All in all, probably use the hoe 10 to twelve times a year once the initial remedial work was completed on culverts and ditching.
Have considered the pros and cons of going with a subframe mounted hoe versus a three point hoe and have read all the cautions associated with the three point type. I would prefer the subframe type, but price is an important consideration on an attachment that would cost more than half of the value of my tractor.
I already have a power beyond kit installed, so would not need a pto pump. I think I will have about 8.5 gpm available for the backhoe.
Just at a point of indecision right now. Need the hoe, but have information overload. Would really like to hear from some of the members that have already made this decision for a backhoe on this size tractor, and for the usage profile that is similar to mine. Oh, and I may not take your recommendation, but it will be appreciated.
So, my candidates are:
John Deere 485, with subframe kit. $10300.00
John Deere 375, with subframe kit. $8300.00
Wallenstein Gx720 with subframe. $9000.00
Everything Attachment/Ansung 3 point hitch type. $6000.00
Woodmax 7600 3 point hitch type. With hydraulic thumb. $5055.00
(this one only comes with the pto pump system)
Titan 7 foot three point hitch type, with hydraulic thumb $3699.00
Here's a sheet showing more info: