2012 - Volume #36, Issue #4, Page #35[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
3-Pt. Mounted Backhoe Powered By Log Splitter
“It only takes a few minutes to hook up or take off. If I need the loader, I can quickly roll the log splitter out,” says Vatland.
“The 35hp Deere doesn’t have remote hydraulics. I already had the log splitter so I removed the cylinder and ram and added a pair of hydraulic hoses and quick-connect couplings.”
He used scrap iron to make the 3-pt. mounting bracket, welding 2 new 2-in. receiver hitches to a crossmember to form the lower lift arms.
“To operate, I just hook up the quick connect couplers and start the log splitter. I don’t even have to run the tractor so it’s nice and quiet,” says Vatland. “The log splitter hardly uses any gas so it’s economical. I use the backhoe a lot for trenching and burying water lines, and one time I used it to install new piers under an old building.
“The tractor handles the backhoe well. I was worried about the weight, but it turned out to be a perfect match for the tractor.
“I already had the log splitter and backhoe. I spent $300 for hydraulic hoses and quick couplings. A new 3-pt. mounted backhoe would cost about $7,000. It might have a little more power and speed, but this is perfect for what I need,” notes Vatland.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Roger Vatland, 3863 E. 20th Rd., Serena, Ill. 60549 (ph 815 792-8492; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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