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Tractor with hoe
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tonyc    Posted 12-01-2002 at 17:36:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Willie N posted some fotos of a vintage tractor with a
backhoe rigged to it. I need exactly this type of
equipment and wonder what it is and how I might go
about finding one. Any suggestions?
Kitchener, ON

JoeK    Posted 12-02-2002 at 03:10:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Couple of points here,backhoe/loader equipped tractors are nice,but alot of heavy work to switch to other duties and back..I think a farm tractor with a front end loader would suit most of your needs well and be a more efficient use of capital.The expense of buying/maintaining a backhoe to trench your house and dig sewer might be better spent hiring those jobs done.

As to the Farmall Cub,they are a lil sweetheart but inadequate in power and size for many of the jobs you entailed.Cub is a "tiny" tractor as tractors go and though it could handle your mowing and gardening needs,it would fall short elsewhere as its only about 10hp,PTO turns backwards from all other tractors,and its light weight limits its towing ability.Price you quoted is quite high for bare cub tractor.In most of US,only a completely restored and show perfect Cub would even draw buyers at that price.Going price appears to be appx $1200-$2500US depending on condition.Bob/Ont mentioned "Trader Magazines" Publisher is online at,and I'm fairly sure there is are similar Canadian publications.
Don't get me wromg here.I'm not trying to shoot down any ideas/dreams you may have but honestly trying to save you some trial/error/expense.From the info you gave,were it ME,I'd look for a 25-35 horsepower,wide front,smaller farm tractor with 3 point hitch,a loader attachment,such as a "hundred" series Ford,MasseyFerg 35,Farmall H etc,depending on maintenance in your area and contract the hole/trench digging to a pro.

Denis    Posted 12-01-2002 at 23:02:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Look at the y/t tractors site cause a lot of iron advertised there from CN. The shortcut is on the left in community "YT Magazine"

Bob /Ont.    Posted 12-01-2002 at 18:21:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tony, check out the Equipment Trader from the local variety store, or just take a drive in the country. There is lots of old Iron all around you down there. I think you meant the old ford Mark parted out. If you are just doing work around your place look for an old Case gasoline backhoe loader. Should be cheap to buy and keep running.
Later Bob

tonyc    Posted 12-01-2002 at 18:37:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the advice,Bob. I'm not sure the Case
is exactly the thing. (The one's I'm familiar with
are pretty big, plus they're ...well...ugly.)

I'm looking for something that will mow the lawn,
skid some 10" red pine, load the logs on a sawmill
bed, dig a trench around my house foundation,, dig
a new septic bed, etc., prepare (plough,
cultivate, spread manure, etc.) and otherwise help
manage a 1 acre market garden that I'm planning to
re-habilitate. It needs a PTO to run the sawmill
and any other gadgets I dream up and (above all)
it has to look way cool in order to wow my friends
and my little boy.

I really like this Farmall Cub that's listed on
e-bay right now but I'm told the backhoe function
is not easy or maybe even impossible. Also, the
price seems a bit high (the guy says he needs
$3700) and I'd have to ship it from Canmore B.C.



Bob /Ont.    Posted 12-01-2002 at 18:58:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tony, look closer to home there is lots here. From what you say, you need a farm tractor more than anything else and then you can rent a small backhoe loader for that work. Check out the Equipment Trader, in the same rack as the Auto Trader to get some idea of prices and you will likely find something near home.
Later Bob

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