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In my search for my first tractor that is larger than an x758 I am considering adding a backhoe at the time of purchase. None of my 4 local dealers have a backhoe on any of the tractors on their lot. I'm still lightly undecided on a backhoe, however I do believe one would be useful to have on hand so I can do things at my pace and not be limited by a mini-ex rental. My question is whether or not to spend $8-12k. Growing up fitment in sports cars and snowmobiles and Cessna's always was a PITA due to height. I don't expect the backhoe to fit like a formula one car :laugh: I'm just wondering if fitment should be a factor, it's a shame I cant find a local TLB.

How do other tall guys fit on the backhoe on these tractors? Is it beyond uncomfortable? Are the levers improperly placed for tall guys with long arms and legs?

Considering the purchase of a new:

2032R w/ 270B
3033R w/ 385A

I'm 6'2" (with logger boots add 2" more inches) and weigh 215lbs.


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There's nothing easy about getting onto my 1025 backhoe. It's all like a choreographed ballet to mount.
But it's so worth it when you need to do some digging around the homestead. :lol:
 

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I am 6 feet 2 inches and 250 lbs. I step on the out rigger with my right foot, pivot to face the boom, place my hand on the boom and slide my left foot across the deck while leaning over the bar above the controls. Then just sit down. It works well for me. Once in the seat there is plenty of room for me.

You just have to find what works for you. My 1025r and backhoe are 2019 models.

I would not have the tractor without the backhoe.

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Can't comment much on the BH but a 152 is tight with a couple guys in the front seats. 182 sure has more shoulder room. I am 6'4" and a good 250.
 

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There's nothing easy about getting onto my 1025 backhoe. It's all like a choreographed ballet to mount.
But it's so worth it when you need to do some digging around the homestead. :lol:
I am 6 feet 2 inches and 250 lbs. I step on the out rigger with my right foot, pivot to face the boom, place my hand on the boom and slide my left foot across the deck while leaning over the bar above the controls. Then just sit down. It works well for me. Once in the seat there is plenty of room for me.

You just have to find what works for you. My 1025r and backhoe are 2019 models.

I would not have the tractor without the backhoe.

Bobby
I appreciate the info on the 1025R and the 260B. I'm hoping a few guys with the larger 2 and 3 series tractors like I'm looking at will respond. Just in case there is a variance in fitment. Thank you though
 

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I'm 6'4" and a bit over 260#. I fit in the 1025r backhoe alright. The seat slides forward towards the steering wheel and I have to sort of twist around to get into the seat, but it works. Love my backhoe, there's always something for it to do around my place.
 

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I'm 6'3" 275lbs and have no fitment issues on my 3320's 447 hoe which is probably the same as the 375. Its easy to get on/off, decent foot room for my size 12's and the controls fit me well. The seat has 2 height positions of which I use the highest and I suppose by drilling another hole in the seat post it could go even higher. The seat base has 4 or 5 positions where it can be bolted to the post which gives it range of around 4" fore and aft. I've never bothered to change it from the closet in stock position since it seems fine for what I do.
 

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I am 6'3", 225 pounds. I have no trouble getting on or operating the backhoe on my 2038.
 

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6 foot tall.

About 230 pounds.

I don't bend or bounce near as well as I used to.

375A on a 3039R.

No issues getting on/off and comfortable when in the seat.
 

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6'2" and 175. I fit fine. You'll want to buy Kenny's backhoe step. The operator's platform is pretty high and the step from KBOGH makes a big difference. I have an older 1025R and I also had to devise a way to get the hydraulic connections off the operator's platform. But it is all very comfy at this point.
 

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How do other tall guys fit on the backhoe on these tractors? Is it beyond uncomfortable? Are the levers improperly placed for tall guys with long arms and legs?

Considering the purchase of a new:

2032R w/ 270B
3033R w/ 385A

I'm 6'2" (with logger boots add 2" more inches) and weigh 215lbs.


Thanks guys,
6'2" and 175. I fit fine. You'll want to buy Kenny's backhoe step. The operator's platform is pretty high and the step from KBOGH makes a big difference. I have an older 1025R and I also had to devise a way to get the hydraulic connections off the operator's platform. But it is all very comfy at this point.
The 375A/385A comes with a step on the stabilizer.

I don't know about the 270B.
 

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I'm 6'3" 275lbs and have no fitment issues on my 3320's 447 hoe which is probably the same as the 375. Its easy to get on/off, decent foot room for my size 12's and the controls fit me well. The seat has 2 height positions of which I use the highest and I suppose by drilling another hole in the seat post it could go even higher. The seat base has 4 or 5 positions where it can be bolted to the post which gives it range of around 4" fore and aft. I've never bothered to change it from the closet in stock position since it seems fine for what I do.
I am 6'3", 225 pounds. I have no trouble getting on or operating the backhoe on my 2038.
6 foot tall.

About 230 pounds.

I don't bend or bounce near as well as I used to.

375A on a 3039R.

No issues getting on/off and comfortable when in the seat.

Thank you guys you're making my quote/invoice likely increase :laugh:
 

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I’m 6’1” barefoot, 260 lbs athletic. I have no problems with my 270b on the 2038r. One thing no one has mentioned that I saw, is inseam. I have short little legs, with a 28” inseam. If you’ve got longer legs, that may be an issue.

Edit to add: I have a 2019 set up all around. The backhoe comes with a step, which is really nice for getting up and down. D7011459-AA9F-4FFB-9A12-771AB183C328.jpeg
 

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I’m 6’1” barefoot, 260 lbs athletic. I have no problems with my 270b on the 2038r. One thing no one has mentioned that I saw, is inseam. I have short little legs, with a 28” inseam. If you’ve got longer legs, that may be an issue.

Edit to add: I have a 2019 set up all around. The backhoe comes with a step, which is really nice for getting up and down. View attachment 698772

good to know thank you. I'm 6' 2" with an athletic build as well except my inseam I believe is 32"
 

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good to know thank you. I'm 6' 2" with an athletic build as well except my inseam I believe is 32"
I should add, I wear a size 15 boot, and my Bozo the Clown feet fit pretty well.
 

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Can't comment much on the BH but a 152 is tight with a couple guys in the front seats:laugh:


sennister, that begs the question, which backhoe fits on the Cessna 152 and / or the Cessna 182? Talk about a tail dragger.....

Actually from the responses, I think there might be a height / weight requirement to have the TLBH set up......

The O.P. - Nastorino, 6'2", 215 lbs
B. Daniel - 6'2", 250 lbs
Sennister = 6'2", "good" 250 lbs
NotYourGrandFathersDeere - 6'4", 260 (also wins award for longest GTT name, I think.......)
eric102 - 6'3", 275 lbs
greenarley - 6'3", 225 lbs
rtgt - 6', 230 lbs
keane - 6'2", 175 lbs
williamT - 6'1", 260 lbs

The average of the responding group was 6'2" and 237.8 pounds............(of course, I did the math....)

I think we need to send keane some junk food / drive through certificates to bring him into the "average"......:laugh:
 

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The average of the responding group was 6'2" and 237.8 pounds............(of course, I did the math....)

I think we need to send keane some junk food / drive through certificates to bring him into the "average"......:laugh:
Everybody, yes everybody, feels entitled to mess with my diet. My doctor still wants another 10 lbs, and she's not shy about it. I just had to buy more ballast weights to compensate for the 15 lbs that I've taken off.
 

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Everybody, yes everybody, feels entitled to mess with my diet. My doctor still wants another 10 lbs, and she's not shy about it. I just had to buy more ballast weights to compensate for the 15 lbs that I've taken off.
Nope, not everybody. At least not me.

I do understand people messing with your diet though. :laugh:
 

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... My doctor still wants another 10 lbs, and she's not shy about it...

From the pics you posted the other day, I'd say you already look like a stick-figure, what the heck is she talking about :dunno:
 
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