John F Dean wrote:You may also want to question how much a backhoe on a compact tractor will accomplish. The buckets I have seen are quite small. I don't know your needs or the prices in your area, but I bring in a backhoe with operator for a few hours and I am free to do other things.
Artie Scott wrote:Hi Andre,
Agree that for the things you want to do, the backhoe is probably not a great compromise, and renting the right tool might be better (and possibly cheaper) in the long run. On the Kubota, I really like the HST option ~ so easy to drive without having to worry about shifting gears.
Roy Long wrote:Having a backhoe has saved me a great deal of money over the years.
Eliot Mason wrote:Guess I'm a contrarian...I find the backhoe tremendously useful. CUT. .
Walt Chase wrote:I'd personally forgo the backhoe attachment. Those mid sized tractors weren't really meant for that type use. Sure they will dig, but a machine made for digging will get more done in day. The cost/benefit just doesn't pencil out for me personally. I'd likely buy "more" tractor with the money and attachments and rent an excavator when I needed it. You can rent a big machine here for around $2000 a week.
Bill Haynes wrote:Well.....
Decide how much money you wouldn't miss and shop the farm / equipment auctions, frequently old implements can be found for a dime on the dollar of new prices, or a neighbor might have an old one he's willing to swap for an unreasonable and presumptuous quantity of your precious time!.......
Andre Burns wrote:I’ve researched the TLB line. They are definitely more robust than the standard ag tractor line. I really, really like that, but their commercial grade build comes at a commercial grade cost that I just can’t afford. My local rental place has a B21 that I’ve considered renting.
bruce Fine wrote: I did not realize how top heavy a full size backhoe is and driving mine on the property is very scary.