1992 - Volume #16, Issue #1, Page #28[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Quick-Tach skidsteer backhoeYou'll like this new first-of-its-kind "quicktach" backhoe that mounts directly onto a skidsteer loader's arms and lets you dig faster for less than half the price of a conventional skidsteer backhoe.
The backhoe, equipped with a standard bucket, snaps into quick-tach couplers on the loader arms. The bucket is controlled by a 3 by 10-in. hydraulic cylinder powered by the skidsteer loader's auxilliary hydraulic system. A pair of outrigger arms quick-pin onto a stabilizer plate mounted between the skidsteer loader's front tires and extend 2 ft. in front of the loader.
"It works just as well as a conventional skidsteer backhoe and is much more afford-able," says Jerry Foster, sales manager. "Other skidsteer backhoes cost $6,000 to $9,000 and require a separate operator seat, set of controls, and hydraulic system. You can dig faster with our backhoe because the skidsteer always remains mobile. It works great for digging tile lines or pits or any other kind of general digging. The bucket extends 8 ft. in front of the skidsteer loader and lets you dig a hole more than 7 1/2 ft. deep. With both the loader arms and boom fully extended, bucket lifting height is 14 to 16 ft. compared to six to nine feet for conventional skidsteer backhoes, so you can dump dirt right into trucks. The outrigger arms normally stay 2 to 3 in. off the ground and are there only in case the skidsteer loader gets front heavy and begins to tip. Switching from the backhoe to other attachments takes less than five minutes."
Fits Case and Bobcat models and is avail-able with 12, 18, and 24-in. wide buckets. Sells for under $3,000.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Farmer's Factory Co., P.O. Box 122, Lee, Ill. 60530 (ph toll-free 1 800 747-2132).
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