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Does anyone happen to know rough figures of the boom lift capacity of the 260B, fully extended, half way extended, etc.?

I am noticing lifting out of a hole, my BH doesn't have much lift. I have to extend my dipper out to raise the boom after my bucket is curled, even in soft ground so it is basically lifting just the bucket full of dirt and no extra resistance. Probably normal, but just wanted to rule out a flow problem, etc. I have noting to compare it to.
 

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50 views and no responses. :)

I looked at the specs on the JD website and saw this:

Boom lift capacity129 kg
285 lb
 

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Thanks! Apparently I am blind out of one eye, and can't see out the other, otherwise I should have found that!
 

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I haven't noticed too many problems lifting the boom if I have curled the bucket enough, but I am slightly disappointed in the strength of bringing the dipper arm towards me in a virgin cut.
Is that called crowding?
Not that it can't be worked around but it seems to have good digging power otherwise.
 

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It beats a shovel!

All in all, the thing digs better than I thought. I opted for the 16" bucket so I figured I'd be pushing the limits. Other than boom lift (which isn't a huge deal) the thing will dig to China. But I'd rather stay here in the States.
 

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Yeah, I was digging up an old electric conduit a couple weeks ago and found that I had to boom, crowd and curl at the same time in a lot of spots or the motion would stall.
Thinking the machine wasn't all that powerful and stuff...
Until I climbed in the trench a couple times with my trenching spade shovel and found out just how hard the ground was. Put me into a sweat lickety split!

They are darn good fun when you get the half a hang of it aren't they.:bigthumb:
 

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I haven't noticed too many problems lifting the boom if I have curled the bucket enough, but I am slightly disappointed in the strength of bringing the dipper arm towards me in a virgin cut.
Is that called crowding?
Not that it can't be worked around but it seems to have good digging power otherwise.


Even the micro excavators have more "digging power". Just the limitations of the hydro pump, unfortunately.
 

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I was expecting a little more out of the backhoe myself. I experience the same thing with trying to lift a large bucket full out of the hole, especially if it's tight to the trench wall or anything. I have some pretty compacted rocky clay soil so I chalk some of it up to that but in do wish it had a little more digging force. I have about 12 hrs on the backhoe digging ditch and removing stumps. It sure beats a shovel.


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