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I tried out the 2025R for moving the boat around while it is on the trailer at home. I had previously used my 3320 with a hitch on the loader bucket and it was a little spooky so I was reluctant to try it with the smaller machine. However, with the hitch on the fork frame closer to the tractor it felt more stable. The boat/trailer weighs a bit over 8000 lbs. and the tongue weight is about 800 pounds. The backhoe outriggers are down close to the ground more as a feel good thing than an actual belief they would help out if needed. Fortunately the tractor didn't lean enough to need them. Keeping the tongue low made me feel better about things and that took most of the weight off the rear trailer tires which makes turning easier.

What do you think? Too much for the little guy?

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How did it feel moving it around?
 

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Yes I can see the ball OK if I tip it back and then level it after it goes in the coupler.

It felt OK moving it and the front tractor tires didn't squat but there was a lot of imagined lightness on one side or the other when turning. I keep my hand on the joystick and would not hesitate to set the tongue down if I thought things were going haywire. I should secure a block on the tongue so the spare tire wouldn't hit the ground first if I set it down quick.

Right now the boat is getting refitted from a salmon fishing boat to a crabbing boat. Later today it goes to Costco for gas which just went up a couple more cents per gallon then back in the water. I only mention that because it has a 110 gallon tank that is almost empty so I may need a loan.
 

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I have the same pallet fork setup on my 2025R. The way the pallet fork frame is designed, the center crossmember blocks the view of the trailer ball. I really can't see the trailer hitch when I'm trying to line up the trailer ball. I eventually get it lined up and the 2025R has no problem moving around my travel trailer and boat trailer.
 

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I have the same pallet fork setup on my 2025R. The way the pallet fork frame is designed, the center crossmember blocks the view of the trailer ball. I really can't see the trailer hitch when I'm trying to line up the trailer ball. I eventually get it lined up and the 2025R has no problem moving around my travel trailer and boat trailer.
Have you tried turning the hitch & ball upside down so it's up instead of down? Still not optimal, but worked for me the one time I tried it.
 

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I move boats around quite frequently with my 2520, often 24 footers. Unsure what their weight is. It's all on flat surfaces over concrete, gravel and grass. But I use a hitch on the back in my Heavy Hitch weight rack. It works wonderfully. So nice to back up to the tongue and just raise the 3pt to connect. Also very easy to see back there.

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I have moved my horse and equipment trailers using both the hitch on the pallet fork frame (forks removed) and with a hitch on the 3 point, and I really prefer the 3 point reveiver. That setup just feels move stable and secure to me.

But I understand you not wanting to remove your backhoe just to jockey the boat around.
 

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Just pushing it around on hard surfaces, I would doubt that sort of thing is any big deal.

I tried launching our wave runners with my 2025R a few months ago, I have gravel/rock ramp, and the dual wave runner trailer with 2 wave runners on it actually outweighs the 2025R and, that proved to be a bit of a problem when trying to pull them back out .
Had to swap over to the 4066R to tackle the task of moving and launching them.

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Just pushing it around on hard surfaces, I would doubt that sort of thing is any big deal.

I tried launching our wave runners with my 2025R a few months ago, I have gravel/rock ramp, and the dual wave runner trailer with 2 wave runners on it actually outweighs the 2025R and, that proved to be a bit of a problem when trying to pull them back out .
Had to swap over to the 4066R to tackle the task of moving and launching them.

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Thanks !!!
Yea , I may have a bit of a green and yellow addiction. 😝 😁 lol
I have been told I might have a problem . Lol
I like to think it’s more just a passion for my hobby.
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Thank guys for the comments.

The only hitch I have right now for the 3pt is a receiver bolted to the top of the 647 tiller that I use to move the boat trailer or dump trailer when the BH is off. It handles them well when they are empty but it won't pick up the tongue with the boat on the trailer. I could buy or make something to go on the quick hitch easy enough and give it a try next time the boat is home after we are done with crabbing (got two dozen today!) in February.

When pulling something heavy from the back I always think of Oregon Rep. Dick Magruder who died when he flipped his tractor backwards and it crushed him. I know a hitched trailer would hit the ground first and keep the tractor from going over the rear wheels but it's always on my mind. Any time I drag something with a chain or slings that is heavy or may hang up I hook it to the front and go backwards.

Moving the boat on the flat isn't any problem at all but the whole boat and trailer is close to 35' long and I don't have room to get it up the slight slope of the driveway without doing some turning of the tractor on the slope. That is the spooky part. I usually just hook it to the old truck but it doesn't get the boat as far up the driveway as I want and then there is no room to unhook the truck and move it out of there. I like to pull it up the drive for washing because it sits at a good slope for the water to run out the back and also because I am able to reach all around it with the pressure washer hose on the reel outside the garage.

Maybe I need more JD equipment like @cc1999! Of course then I would need to sell the boat to get it and then wait for the JD strike to get settled before buying it. I sold my JD 3320 a few years ago to get those new Suzuki motors hanging on the back of the boat.
 
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Keep the hitch low to the ground and move it around all you want. If the hitch is only a few inches off the ground, the worst thing that can happen is that it lifts one rear tire off the ground until the hitch hits the ground. But with the backhoe as ballast on the rear end, that shouldn't happen. But if the backhoe is not on the tractor, it's easier to move it with one of the weight brackets that Titan sells with the 2" receiver. You'll never lift the front of the tractor with weight on the back, and if you are still nervous, you could put a load in the front bucket.
 
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