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#1 PineRidge OFFLINE  

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Posted October 27, 2017 - 09:29 AM

Hi new member here starting out with research on backhoe options.

I have reasnable fabrication skills, including back yard mechanic welding. Looking for info on what, if any, backhoes can fit or be modified to fit a Ford 1700.

I want to keep my eye out for used ones in my area and need to know what make/models to watch for.

It does not need to be a direct bolt on but do not want to modify my tractor to fit, prefer to modify or add to th ebackhoe itself.

Any feed back would be appreciated.

 



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Posted October 27, 2017 - 03:22 PM

Welcome to GTT. I don't recommend putting a backhoe on the small japanese made tractors. Around 1987 a good friend of mine bought a new Ford 1710 TLB. It was a beautiful machine but it wasn't nearly as strong as my old Ford 4500. My friend dug a bunch with the hoe and then realized that the bellhousing between the engine and transmission had cracked. When I looked at it, I noticed  that there is not a continuous frame under the tractor. The bellhousing was being used as part of the frame. He tried to get a new bellhousing but they were not available(on a 3 year old tractor). He had to take the bellhousing off, straighten and weld it. He then devised a stiffener to strengthen the bellhousing.

 

Around here you can find full sized old TLBs for under $3000. They need work but will give alot more work when repaired. Decide what size you really need. Good Luck, Rick


Edited by boyscout862, October 27, 2017 - 03:23 PM.


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Posted October 27, 2017 - 04:12 PM

Thanks for the info.

I don't want to damage my tractor so I guess I will simply rent something

with a back hoe when I need one.



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Posted October 28, 2017 - 07:49 AM

Dont be afraid to find a 3point mounted hoe! ITS NOT THE HOE THAT BROKE THE BELLHOUSING!

Edited by skyrydr2, October 31, 2017 - 09:14 AM.

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Posted October 28, 2017 - 09:53 AM

I own a Trac-hoe and a New Holland 3 point hoe on a Ford 850 and have come to understand one thing. Do not install a hoe on the back of a tractor unless you have a good sub-frame to go with it. A backhoe with good hydraulics can exert a lot of pressure on the tractor. Especially twisting force when not digging directly behind the tractor. 



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Posted October 29, 2017 - 06:42 AM

Just be careful.

Edited by skyrydr2, October 31, 2017 - 09:12 AM.





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