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I have a 1025r w/Back Hoe and wondering if there is anyway to easily put a hitch ball on the back for occasional towing of an implement that I have to tow from the back.

I have a fork lift with a ball mount - but that will not work for my application - I need to drag this thing around the property (it is a "driveway grader") and my utility vehicle gets no traction on the gravel surface.
 

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BXPanded has a receiver for that purpose. I haven’t used it.


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BXPanded has a receiver for that purpose. I haven’t used it.
Interesting... sounds like it pins on in place of the backhoe bucket and gives you a 2" receiver.
 

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I have a 1025r w/Back Hoe and wondering if there is anyway to easily put a hitch ball on the back for occasional towing of an implement that I have to tow from the back.

I have a fork lift with a ball mount - but that will not work for my application - I need to drag this thing around the property (it is a "driveway grader") and my utility vehicle gets no traction on the gravel surface.
This sounds like a project for one of the many fabricators here. I'd be interested to see what some of them come up with.
 

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I've been working on this problem. I'd like to be able to use my backhoe to load compost into my dump cart. But there's no way to go to the compost pile with both on the tractor. I don't have room for a Gator or a second tractor, which would be an ideal solution, so I'm trying to make it work with the tractor that I have.

If you have a HeavyHitch receiver on the back of your tractor and you look underneath the backhoe to check access to it, you'll see that you can't just add a straight extension from the receiver because the pin at the bottom of the boom and some other structure down there will block it. There's also some interference from the bottom of the operator's platform that blocks the entrance to the 2" receiver. I'm going to solve the blockages by remounting the receiver on the BOTTOM of the mounting tabs; its on top of the tabs right now. This should give about 3/4" more clearance, enough to get a drop-down extender into the receiver. The drop-down is necessary to gain clearance from the bottom of the boom. Right now I need to do some calculating to make sure I get the right drop-down extender. Too low, and it will be hitting the ground when the going gets rough. Too high, and it will be bouncing off the bottom of the backhoe.

Then at least one more extension and another ball hitch will need to be added. You have to go far enough behind the backhoe to connect the cart so that the body of the cart does not make contact with the backhoe bucket. When you're done, you have a very long hitch. I need to do some math to determine if the leverage imposed on the various components by the extreme length will likely cause damage to any of them. Right up front I can say that this hitch can probably be used for a 500 lb. cart (loaded), but nothing like a trailer or boat. The weight of anything very big will be amplified by the long lever and something will break. If I miscalculate and something breaks, the cart won't run away or potentially injure anyone. It will simply "dump" right where the break occurs. My place is pretty flat.

I also considered pulling the cart from the front, and I do have a front hitch. But I don't like long rides turned around. And the FEL, which I believe is needed when using the backhoe, will be in the way. I don't have and don't want a hitch on my FEL.

Some preliminary shopping has found drop-down extenders with the necessary strength to be about $100. I'm still debating if I want to spend this much for an experiment.

I'll post whatever I decide to do on this thread.

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I've been working on this problem. I'd like to be able to use my backhoe to load compost into my dump cart. But there's no way to go to the compost pile with both on the tractor. I don't have room for a Gator or a second tractor, which would be an ideal solution, so I'm trying to make it work with the tractor that I have.

If you have a HeavyHitch receiver on the back of your tractor and you look underneath the backhoe to check access to it, you'll see that you can't just add a straight extension from the receiver because the pin at the bottom of the boom and some other structure down there will block it. There's also some interference from the bottom of the operator's platform that blocks the entrance to the 2" receiver. I'm going to solve the blockages by remounting the receiver on the BOTTOM of the mounting tabs; its on top of the tabs right now. This should give about 3/4" more clearance, enough to get a drop-down extender into the receiver. The drop-down is necessary to gain clearance from the bottom of the boom. Right now I need to do some calculating to make sure I get the right drop-down extender. Too low, and it will be hitting the ground when the going gets rough. Too high, and it will be bouncing off the bottom of the backhoe.

Then at least one more extension and another ball hitch will need to be added. You have to go far enough behind the backhoe to connect the cart so that the body of the cart does not make contact with the backhoe bucket. When you're done, you have a very long hitch. I need to do some math to determine if the leverage imposed on the various components by the extreme length will likely cause damage to any of them. Right up front I can say that this hitch can probably be used for a 500 lb. cart (loaded), but nothing like a trailer or boat. The weight of anything very big will be amplified by the long lever and something will break. If I miscalculate and something breaks, the cart won't run away or potentially injure anyone. It will simply "dump" right where the break occurs. My place is pretty flat.

I also considered pulling the cart from the front, and I do have a front hitch. But I don't like long rides turned around. And the FEL, which I believe is needed when using the backhoe, will be in the way. I don't have and don't want a hitch on my FEL.

Some preliminary shopping has found drop-down extenders with the necessary strength to be about $100. I'm still debating if I want to spend this much for an experiment.

I'll post whatever I decide to do on this thread.

Keane
Very interesting - it appears there are others that would like the same "problem" solved. Please keep us informed of any additional info you may come up with in your experiments.
 
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