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2wd VS 4wd backhoe

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by NHresident, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. NHresident

    NHresident Senior Member
    Messages: 285

    hi all I'm looking to buy a backhoe sometime I'm looking for opinions on 2 wd units compared to 4 wd drive I plan to do snow removal and whats needed around my farm where it some times gets muddy in the fields I don't want to purchase a 2 wd unit then realize i shoulda spent the 3-6k more for a 4wd unit SO will a 2wd get it done or no comparison thanks
  2. JustJeff

    JustJeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,934

    I personally wouldn't consider 2 wheel drive. You may be able to get by with it, but why take the chance? I don't know tractors very well, do the two wheel drive models at least have a differential lock?
  3. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,389

    As far as lock, yes they do. The also have independent brakes for left and right rear brake.

    I would vote 4 wheel drive, better to have then not.

    Now this thread will turn into a two vs four wheel and how two wheel drive salt trucks are better for plowing....lol
  4. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,397

    Yup, sure will. It's summer, what else we got to do? What size backhoe? A 4x4 will drive into the piles better.
  5. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,030

    It's kinda the same difference between using an axe and a chainsaw. Get the 4wd.
  6. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,657

    Don't waste your money on a 2wd backhoe
  7. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,027

    A 4wd backhoe has the left and right brake too.
  8. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,389

    Wasn't trying to say otherwise, actually I've never care to plow with one. Something about the hoe being attracted to those little entrance and exit signs that turns me off to using them.
  9. 98Chevy2500

    98Chevy2500 Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    Most times we push in 2wd, it is nice to have 4wd when theres a slick glaze underneath
  10. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,105

    When I first started I drove a 2wd 580k. Used mostly for pushing back piles, you would think the weight would help with traction but those big tires disperse it pretty good and spin quite a bit. When we got a 4wd it was night and day and the back tires didn't wear as fast. It was nice not to have to hoe yourself out of the pile as well...
  11. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,413

    I don't understand............
  12. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,030

    I wasn't talking to you ........
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  13. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,413

    No need to be bitter just because I have more hair.
  14. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 Senior Member
    Messages: 563

    i have a '91 care 680, it is 2 wheel drive and cant move on level ground. stay away.

    that being said the thing starts rite up when its 0 degrees out in February even if i hadn't started it in months.
  15. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,222

    I have had both a 2wd and 4wd . I have had no problems but when it came to mud on the 2wd . I would go with the 4wd.
  16. NHresident

    NHresident Senior Member
    Messages: 285

    OK thanks to every one for all the input
  17. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,171

    2wd hoes suck,even in dry conditions. Just trying to get a full bucket of dirt for back fill can be frustrating at times in 2wd.
  18. FredG

    FredG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,643

    There are to many reasons to list why you do not want the 2 wheel. I will say this, You will have a hard time selling it. These are not desirable to contractors anymore.
  19. lawnboy2121

    lawnboy2121 Senior Member
    Messages: 467

    We run a 2wd jcb and it pushes a 10 ft box with no problem . Wet or dry snow it doesn't have any issues with it. A 4wd is better but a 2wd machine can do the job also