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    Backhoe has me in a Pickle

    I haven't loaded the BH up all summer. I've been watching it settle all summer also, but I didn't let it bother me....

    The boom extended and has angled the deck forward. This in turn puts the hydraulic connections too far away from the tractor. I used the forks to lift it out of the ground and try to push back a little on the boom.

    I got it into a position where I could get it hooked up, and I assumed I would have to re hook a couple of times while I got the deck plane with the tractor....

    The controls were very close to the bracket between the ROPS, but not touching. I tweaked it just a bit, and the controls landed on the bracket. By the time I got to the key to turn it off, it had rolled itself around lifting the wheel off the ground. Of course I'm in a tight spot watching this thing move slowly out of control. I was wedged between another implement and the tractor. I had a way out if it had gone further, but still a stupid, unprepared course of action.

    Started to rain, so I got the hydraulic disconnected, cleaned my shorts, and grabbed a cold one. This is going to take more planning and another day...


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    Oops!

    Good to hear that nothing including you were hurt.

    This is going to be interesting to watch.
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    I think I would pull the quick connects off the power beyond hoses to let the cylinders move. Maybe hang it by the joint between the boom and the stick and up front by the frame attach points. Going to take a couple helpers for sure.
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    Maybe you could use the 3 pt, or the loader to lift the base of the backhoe up about a foot then use the boom controls to "relieve pressure" and letting gravity do the work allow the base to pivot back down. Once base is level with ground, put blocks under it and lower it back onto the blocks, then back up to it and hook up to it like you normally would
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    Can you couple the male and female BH connectors together? (I would think you could) Then move boom down lever to get the boom cylinder to retract (in theory).
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    Use a strap to lift the backhoe mainframe with your front end loader. Block it in place at the approximate installation height. Connect the tractor hydraulics and set up the stabilizers. Move the boom, dipper stick and bucket to setup the installation attitude and reinstall the BH.

    In the future make sure you block the mainframe so it won't hit the deck when the stabilizers leak down.
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    Hi FredHickory
    I agree with Superglidesport
    In the future make sure you block the mainframe so it won't hit the deck when the stabilizers leak down.
    Also install the boom transport pins it will stop the boom moving.
    Regards John
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    Once you get it on using the above methods, when you drop it don't use the stabilizers, keep them up, tied or whatever, they shouldn't be down. That should keep it from turning into a "Taco". Quite a few of us have built dollies for $30 or so. Most have casters for rolling it around the garage, but you could use a stationary one as well. Its easier to roll the BH to the tractor then back the tractor to the hoe...I changed this a bit but it's basically just scrap lumber and can be built with whatever you have laying around and $20 worth of casters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superglidesport View Post
    Use a strap to lift the backhoe mainframe with your front end loader. Block it in place at the approximate installation height. Connect the tractor hydraulics and set up the stabilizers. Move the boom, dipper stick and bucket to setup the installation attitude and reinstall the BH.

    In the future make sure you block the mainframe so it won't hit the deck when the stabilizers leak down.
    Bingo!

    AND, one does not want the stabilizers DOWN during storage, hence blocking is the best idea. I left mine down for a couple of months the first time off and they RUSTED ! Keep 'em sucked up into the cylinders with chain or heavy bungees and the pivot blocked at the height of disconnect (soft ground = plenty wide blocking). The stabilizer pistons have the cheapest chrome of all JD's hydro stuff plus they tell in the manual to grease them up during storage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chex313 View Post
    Once you get it on using the above methods, when you drop it don't use the stabilizers, keep them up, tied or whatever, they shouldn't be down. That should keep it from turning into a "Taco". Quite a few of us have built dollies for $30 or so. Most have casters for rolling it around the garage, but you could use a stationary one as well. Its easier to roll the BH to the tractor then back the tractor to the hoe...I changed this a bit but it's basically just scrap lumber and can be built with whatever you have laying around and $20 worth of casters.

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    ...You know, that was one of my projects this summer. I left the stabilizers up so I could experiment with an all-terrain cradle. But obviously I never got to it.
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