2008 - Volume #32, Issue #6, Page #43[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Front-End Backhoe Powered By Rear-Mounted Hydraulics
"I call it my Allis Chalmers/John Deere/ Troy backhoe," he says. "Mounted on my loader arms, I can pick it up and set it where I want it. I've done a lot of digging with it, both digging ditches and burying stumps."
Bienvenue bolted a length of 8-in. angle iron across the backhoe's original mount. He installed plates on the angle iron that pinned to the arms of the loader. In lieu of the top-link on a 3-pt. connection, he bolted a brace from the backhoe to the crossbar on the loader arms.
The power unit from the 27-ton Troy-Bilt splitter is a 2005 Briggs and Stratton engine and hydraulic pump. Bienvenue bought the splitter and then stripped the cylinder and wheels and mounted the unit on a rear-mounted platform. He also mounted cement weights on the platform to balance out the weight of the backhoe.
"The loader easily handles the weight of the backhoe as long as I don't run at full speed, " says Bienvenue.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Edwin Bienvenue, 571 County Route 17, Bernhards Bay, N.Y. 13028 (ph 315 675-8354).
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