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This weekend I’m picking up a NOS 260 backhoe from a JD dealer that has one in inventory & is looking to unload it (ha).

The dealer is a good distance away so I’m getting my local JD dealer to install it in order to avoid trailering my 1025 all that way. I’m curious if anyone had ever moved/shipped “just” the 260 (not attached to the tractor)? My plan is to have the dealer strap the 260 to a pallet and load it onto my pickup bed. From there, I’ll drop it off directly at my local dealer who can then fork it off my pickup & store it until they’re ready to install it in my tractor. Thoughts?
 

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If it's truly NOS (New Old Stock), it should already be on a pallet no? That's how they where shipped to the dealers.

Many here have installed them themselves, you may consider doing the same so save some more money.
 

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Kenny is correct! See the photos of 260 backhoe mounted on pallet....

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If the OP has forks for his tractor, will the 1025 have enough guts to get the skid out of the back of his truck? :unknown:

If he doesn't have forks or the 1025 won't be able to unload it, could he get a utility trailer to transport the backhoe and then drag the pallet off the trailer?

Just trying to cover all the bases here... :good2:
 

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If the OP has forks for his tractor, will the 1025 have enough guts to get the skid out of the back of his truck? :unknown:

If he doesn't have forks or the 1025 won't be able to unload it, could he get a utility trailer to transport the backhoe and then drag the pallet off the trailer?

Just trying to cover all the bases here... :good2:
According to a post on the TTWT.com website, he lifted his 260 on a pallet with his 1025R and 120 loader with pallet forks.

https://tractortimewithtim.com/2017/06/16/deere-260b-backhoe/

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If the OP has forks for his tractor, will the 1025 have enough guts to get the skid out of the back of his truck? :unknown:

If he doesn't have forks or the 1025 won't be able to unload it, could he get a utility trailer to transport the backhoe and then drag the pallet off the trailer?

Just trying to cover all the bases here... :good2:
The backhoe with the 12" bucket lists at 610 pounds, the pallets and other securing hardware might add maybe another 30 pounds.

He should be able to lift it off his truck, depending upon his forks. Generally with the 120R loader, once you get the forks under the pallet, you can roll the loader up enough to just lift the pallet to get clearance under it and to then back the tractor away with the pallet a few inches off the truck bed, etc and slowly lower the pallet.........all this assumes he has proper rear ballast and since he is unloading at near FEL capacity with the forks on the loader, I hope he has at least 500 pounds for the 3pt hitch........

I have lifted several pallets off the rear of semi trailers and those are usually starting at probably 5 feet in the air or more, which means you are starting with the loader already near it's lift height capacity. Using the roll back on the loader to lift the pallet off the floor, often you can't lift it any higher, but it gives you enough to back away and lower it down and then carry the load.

The pick up truck is much lower, so he should be OK.

Now if he does take the tractor and backhoe to the dealer I am sure they will have something to get it off the truck.....
 

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KennyD's advice is good about installing it yourself.

If you've had great experience with the dealer and you're not mechanically inclined, that would be a good choice.

When I bought my 260, I spent much more time resolving my dealer's mistakes and overlooked problems than I would have to install it myself. And I know it would have been done right the first time if I did it. (I would have read the manual.)

If you decide to go with the dealer, be sure to ask them if they own a torque wrench.
 
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Props for finding that thing! I’m in the “didn’t buy backhoe” originally club and grumble daily about it.


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Bought mine from dealer on the pallet as shown , unloaded with front forks as described with no problem , and installed myself in a weekend . Much satisfaction in doing it myself and knowing I didn't cut any corners during the install !!! :kidw_truck_smiley:
 
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