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removing the back of a backhoe?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by PlatinumService, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. PlatinumService

    PlatinumService Senior Member
    Messages: 559

    Can you take the hoe part off of a case 580 or a cat 420 or similar models to make them shorter for the winter?
    and put it back on for work in the summer?
     
  2. DGODGR

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 639

    Yes. You will have to plug all hoses, and I would also recommend finding something else, heavy, to put back there for balance and traction.
     
  3. PlatinumService

    PlatinumService Senior Member
    Messages: 559

    ok thanks its good to know for future reference with what could work for a 12 month machine.
     
  4. SMLCAT

    SMLCAT Member
    Messages: 85

  5. PlatinumService

    PlatinumService Senior Member
    Messages: 559

    we used to have one of those but it was just the weight no box grader behind it as a loader and i loved it and would do it again but... i like the hoe for the summer for excavation jobs and could tackle bigger projects such as bigger commercial and pools etc.
     
  6. DGODGR

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 639

    I couldn't get the link to work but I assume it was to show you a 570. Those have been talked about a lot, on this forum, and they do have their place. I would think it would work just as good as a TLB with the backhoe removed (actually better because the box blade gives you bi-directional capabilities). I know this may sound stupid but why don't you just use the TLB with the hoe on it. Millions of people do, including me. I have no issues with it being on the back. IMO it's not worth taking it off, especially if you have a use for it in the summer.
     
  7. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Yes to leaving your hoe alone there platinum--way too much work to remove that type of ''dedicated'' backhoe.If it was a utility tractor that was meant for a hoe dismount and mount type gig,that would be different.Been pushing snow for 36 years with backhoes--just be careful of the blind spot and you'll be fine.
     
  8. PlatinumService

    PlatinumService Senior Member
    Messages: 559

    yeah it just an inquiry i have just in case i put someone else in my machine next year and if i go the backhoe route. if i was driving i wouldnt worry at all but if i put someone else behind the wheel its a whole other can of worms. i appreciate the input from everyone.
     
  9. shooterm

    shooterm Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 260

    I've seen two people hit the hoe on light poles. Just remeber and remeber again that its back there.
     
  10. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    Would you happen to know that the lift height with the bucket is on that machine? It sure seems pretty versatile and also doesn't seem to weigh a whole lot either which is nice. Also, any idea what the price of a new one would be...i'm guessing about $70k with bucket from what i saw online for used ones!
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2011
  11. SMLCAT

    SMLCAT Member
    Messages: 85

    Sorry I don't. I've just seen them around occassionally.

    BTW, I grew up in Nashua!
     
  12. lawnboy2121

    lawnboy2121 Senior Member
    Messages: 467

    we took off the bachoe on our machine the winter. It pushed ok and it was only a 2wd machine but it was a heavy machine with good size tires