I have no experince with these things but I feel that $4k would go a long way to renting a small excavator multiple times.
I agree with you about renting. The closest rental place to me is 45 minutes away. They have an absolutly terrible attitude. I think they only want to deal with contractors and just mistreat homeowners.That's true @coaltrain and I might end up renting one for the bigger stuff. I think my logic is that when I am done hopefully I can sell it and recover some of my cost. Also, I hate renting equipment only because it makes me in a rush to finish with it, these days I am trying to put the "rush" aside.
Thanks @scooterman , when I mentioned the 3 point hitch it wasn't for attaching a hoe to it, it's just that to use a JD backhoe on the 1026R I have to take the arms off and install the hoe, then if I need the 3PH the hoe has to come off... etc. So I would tow it with the 1026R using the 3PH for the reciever.I’m confused about towable vs 3 PH mounted. I can’t speak to performance of the machine itself, but I will say that you should stay away from 3PH mounted backhoes. The stresses induced in the hitch and drivetrain will be significant and I would not recommend it. If you’re using it standalone and just towing this with your 1 series, I think you’re fine. Just stay away from 3ph mounted backhoes, subframe mounts only.
Ok that makes everything I said null and void! (except the part about being too light to do stump work, video kinda highlights that issue).I don't have an opinion on it but this video entertains me
Don't buy Chinese, the ones I have seen are small, light, and appear to be cheaply built. Most cannot dig deep enough to satisfy me.I'm kind of thinking about this trailer mounted towable back hoe for some earth work I need to do. Yes, it would be nice to have one mounted on my 1026R, but the cost makes it difficult to consider (I think they are around $6K but haven't priced lately). Also I use my 3 point hitch so much that I think it would be a hassle to put the hoe on and off, though I don't have experience with this so not sure. Anyway, for $4K this looks appealing for what I have to do.
Do any of you guys have experience with these lightweight trailer mounted back hoes or even just opinions to share?
I have to keep my response PG in this forum right?Most cannot dig deep enough to satisfy me.
Whew! Thanks for the reminder.I have to keep my response PG in this forum right?
That's true. You wouldn't want to go elephant hunting with a BB gun.IMHO ... Better than a shovel. A person doesn't know heavy equipment until one operates it.