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I have been wanting a slightly faster/stronger/better backhoe lately so I have been casually looking. I've owned my 1025R for 5 years and not once has the rear PTO been used and I don't remember the last time I had the 3pt hitch on, the tractor just stays in TLB configuration.

My tractor has 260 hrs on it and there is a guy with a 500 hour Terramite T9 4x4 who wants to trade. By the specs the Terramite is a more powerful machine but does anyone know anything about these? I know they've been around a long time and seem to have a good following.

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I have been wanting a slightly faster/stronger/better backhoe lately so I have been casually looking. I've owned my 1025R for 5 years and not once has the rear PTO been used and I don't remember the last time I had the 3pt hitch on, the tractor just stays in TLB configuration.

My tractor has 260 hrs on it and there is a guy with a 500 hour Terramite T9 4x4 who wants to trade. By the specs the Terramite is a more powerful machine but does anyone know anything about these? I know they've been around a long time and seem to have a good following.

Thoughts?
Many local funeral services and contractors use the Terramite machines. I have never operated one personally performing actual work but have watched them be ran by others and every time I found them impressive in ability. The older machines I see occasionally for sale or at auction appear to hold their value. Overall based on your description of how your tractor is being used I could see you being extremely happy with a dedicated digging machine verses a machine that can also dig with an attachment.

I just looked over the specs of a T9, impressive IMO. Is the T9 your able to trade for powered by the Kubota diesel?
 

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They are very powerful machines for their size. They are not tractors.
Your 1025R will run circles around a Terramite in ground speed.
If you are working in a small area, or dont need to move material very far, very fast, it might be a good deal.
There is no PTO, no 3-point, etc (back to that "not tractors" thing.)
It weighs about 5000 pounds, but will lift better than 2000 pounds with the loader. Backhoe is quite a bit stronger too.
32+ HP Kubota engine, or at least thats what the brochure said for the T9 I saw.
They are workhorses.

I guess if you dont need the tractor functions, 3-point, rear PTO, etc, then maybe its a good deal.
 

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Many local funeral services and contractors use the Terramite machines. I have never operated one personally performing actual work but have watched them be ran by others and every time I found them impressive in ability. The older machines I see occasionally for sale or at auction appear to hold their value. Overall based on your description of how your tractor is being used I could see you being extremely happy with a dedicated digging machine verses a machine that can also dig with an attachment.

I just looked over the specs of a T9, impressive IMO. Is the T9 your able to trade for powered by the Kubota diesel?
It is the Kubota diesel

They are very powerful machines for their size. They are not tractors.
Your 1025R will run circles around a Terramite in ground speed.
If you are working in a small area, or dont need to move material very far, very fast, it might be a good deal.
There is no PTO, no 3-point, etc (back to that "not tractors" thing.)
It weighs about 5000 pounds, but will lift better than 2000 pounds with the loader. Backhoe is quite a bit stronger too.
32+ HP Kubota engine, or at least thats what the brochure said for the T9 I saw.
They are workhorses.

I guess if you dont need the tractor functions, 3-point, rear PTO, etc, then maybe its a good deal.
I have tried to find the MPH rating for the Terramite but have been unable to. If it is mini-ex slow then it is not worth it, if it is 1025R in low slow then that would be ok.
 

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Neighbor has one, seems like it will lift anything. The other year when we replaced the FIL driveway , my 1025r bh couldn't lift some of the concrete sections. Ben brought over his Terramite and he was able to lift up sections of concrete 16-20" deep 4-5' L and 3-4' W.

Now speed wise, using my L Range I still could go faster than him in H Range.

Hyd use, the controls on the BH and FEL smooth compared to the 1025r.

It is one heavy duty made piece of equipment.
 

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Just dont forget too that there is no quick attach bucket for the Terramite. I noticed that earlier when I was looking at them.

I looked for the last half hour, and cant find a darn thing about transport speed, top speed, nothing. I found a video of one poking along, but I was hoping it wasnt full speed, maybe it was.

A while back, when I started looking for a TLB, I started out looking at the T5. I remember back then reading on a few forums about how slow they are. Now that one is smaller than the T9, but the same issues seemed to hold for both, as far as speed and fixed bucket.
They do have an optional 4 in 1 bucket, which would be nice.
I gave up pretty quick once I figured out all the limitations they have that most others dont.
If all you ever use is the loader bucket and hoe, then maybe its the machine for you. I know it wasnt right for me, extra capacity or not.
Ive got 5 acres, which isnt that big compared to some here, and very big compared to others. I couldnt imagine trying to take that thing around the outside of the woods for something at less than 4mph top speed, and from the comment above, it seems like youd be lucky to go 4. Seems I recall hearing something in the neighborhood of 3 mph but I cant find anything now. They seem more suited to doing a large amount of work in a fixed space rather than what we do with tractors, which is small bits here and there, over and over.

Seems VERY odd that Terramite doesnt list speed on their own literature.
I found a Kubota comparison brochure and they didnt have it listed either, but since they get their comparison specs from other manufacturers, I guess its not that strange it wasnt there.
 

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The SCUTs/MCUTs are basically glorified toys/lawn tractors.

The T9 is a "real" working machine, but absurdly slow.


Kind of an apples to oranges comparison.




For the record, I landscape commercially, but I've already made peace that the day I acquire an employee, is the day the 2520 gets traded in for something more "rugged".
 

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Just dont forget too that there is no quick attach bucket for the Terramite. I noticed that earlier when I was looking at them.

I looked for the last half hour, and cant find a darn thing about transport speed, top speed, nothing. I found a video of one poking along, but I was hoping it wasnt full speed, maybe it was.

A while back, when I started looking for a TLB, I started out looking at the T5. I remember back then reading on a few forums about how slow they are. Now that one is smaller than the T9, but the same issues seemed to hold for both, as far as speed and fixed bucket.
They do have an optional 4 in 1 bucket, which would be nice.
I gave up pretty quick once I figured out all the limitations they have that most others dont.
If all you ever use is the loader bucket and hoe, then maybe its the machine for you. I know it wasnt right for me, extra capacity or not.
Ive got 5 acres, which isnt that big compared to some here, and very big compared to others. I couldnt imagine trying to take that thing around the outside of the woods for something at less than 4mph top speed, and from the comment above, it seems like youd be lucky to go 4. Seems I recall hearing something in the neighborhood of 3 mph but I cant find anything now. They seem more suited to doing a large amount of work in a fixed space rather than what we do with tractors, which is small bits here and there, over and over.

Seems VERY odd that Terramite doesnt list speed on their own literature.
I found a Kubota comparison brochure and they didnt have it listed either, but since they get their comparison specs from other manufacturers, I guess its not that strange it wasnt there.
I have an old TC5. It is much slower than my Massey, buy it definitely goes faster than 5 miles per hour. It's a hydrostatic transmission, so they don't have a high and low. Top speed is closer to 6 or 7. I can check this weekend. I use it all over my 13 acre property. I hardly ever use the tractor since I bought it, however I'm in the woods, and it's mostly for clearing yupon, loading/unloading , moving dead trees, etc. The backhoe is ample, although again nothing like a full sized one. I've never used a three point backhoe, so I can't compare. It has been ultra reliable, and paid itself off several times over I'm the last year and a half. I paid 6500, but knowing what I know now, I'd have paid more. If you get it, definitely add the piranha toothbar. I realize this thread is older, but I'm brand new. If y'all want exact top speed, let me know.
 
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