R Parian wrote:If you're looking at 30-40 hp farm tractors, but also want a backhoe/excavator, and want to use skid steer attachments, then I highly recommend a John Deere 110 TLB (Tractor Loader Backhoe - not to be confused with a John Deere 110 lawn mower). The 110 TLB is yellow, not green. Built much more heavy duty than the green ones, 43hp, frame mounted backhoe comes off easily to access farm-standard PTO and 3-point hitch, skid steer plates on the front loader arms so you can use any skid steer attachment - switching from front loader bucket to pallet forks is as simple as flipping two levers. Most have 1-pair of auxiliary hydraulics on the front loader arms for use by the skid steer attachments, some have a hydraulic thumb on the backhoe, and a few also have 3-pair of auxiliary rear hydraulics (rear remotes) for 3-point implements that require hydraulics. I've had mine for 16 years and wouldn't trade it for any excavator, tractor, or bulldozer. Built my homestead with it, I make hay with it, log and lumber handling, you name it. Unfortunately John Deere stopped making them around the time the housing bubble burst (2009-2012??) so only used ones are available now, and because they are such an awesomely versatile 'Swiss army knife', they are still pretty expensive even used selling in the 15-30k range currently.
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