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Old 06-01-2011, 05:19 PM   #106
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I think so too. i am hesitant to get a post hole digger and back hoe just because those sort of things are easy to rent for the few times I would need them. Used 3 point diggers are easy to get.
It is the augers that are expensive if want a big one say 18-24 inches.
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:42 PM   #107
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Worked with the backhoe all day and then took it off for the first time. Took all of 60 seconds. Mine is a 4-point mount to a sub-frame mounted to the tractor. Where our property is, it is hard to get people out to do backhoe work and it's expensive. Renting is also expensive and the units are normally reserved on the weekends. I have another 5-10 years worth of work to do so having one is great. I guess I just need to rationalize it but having the backhoe so far has been awesome. Having a backhoe with a thumb is even more awesome.

Yes, that's my 2004 KTM950 in the background. It didn't get ridden today.




And mounted the 3 point bars and the PHD today with a 9" auger. I am going to be super careful learning to use it. I have about 35 holes to dig in the next few weekends. I was told to go slow, raise and lower a lot, and vary the speed. I am going to take it easy. One of my neighbors has already inquired about putting fence posts down about 300-400 yards of his fence line as his old wood posts are rotted. I think in about a month I'll mosey over there and do a $2500-3000 job.







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Old 06-02-2011, 09:37 PM   #108
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Post hole digging is fun and still hard work. Despite the PHD from the tractor digging the holes, I still lugged the posts and cross rails around. In about 9 hours today I got 21 or 22 posts in and the fence set. About 1/3 of this was removing the old metal fence posts and cutting up the barbed wire. I used some orange twine to ensure I didn't move the fence off the line it was on.

I would not want to do this for a living.









My neighbor Bob stopped by after work and helped a bit. Here's a shot of him moving one of the old fence posts, and concrete supports over to my temporary dumping grounds until i get them over to the dump in a few weeks. I bet that load is at least 500 pounds and took almost 30 minutes to dig out with the front end loader. The backhoe would have been quicker.




The Kubota helped me do in one day what would take a week by hand due to the rocks.

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Old 06-02-2011, 10:54 PM   #109
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Our 40hp 2003 Holly git'n er dun. Love this little guy.

Nice auger. Mines a POS by comparison. Were thinking about upgrading to a 60hp with the big front wheels and shuttle shift.

Started doing some hay leases and the lil Holly doesn't have the snot for a round baler. Has <500 hrs and just serviced. Pm if you might be interested. I'll probably post it in the classifieds soon.
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:40 AM   #110
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You're one of those people that has the luxury of digging in dirt.
I had to rent a skid steer with a hydraulic rock drill to do my fence
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Old 06-03-2011, 07:30 AM   #111
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Well, it is finally starting to dry out a bit and I have been able to dig up quite a few stumps.

The first one was not a pretty thing to watch, but after the next five, I am starting to look a bit smoother on the controls.

I also played with the Ratchet Rake attachment a bit and I am impressed with it so far. Things need to get a bit more dry before I can really run it through its paces.

I have accomplished more in 2 days than I would have in weeks without a tractor. I am loving this.
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Old 06-03-2011, 07:39 AM   #112
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Well, it is finally starting to dry out a bit and I have been able to dig up quite a few stumps.

The first one was not a pretty thing to watch, but after the next five, I am starting to look a bit smoother on the controls.

I also played with the Ratchet Rake attachment a bit and I am impressed with it so far. Things need to get a bit more dry before I can really run it through its paces.

I have accomplished more in 2 days than I would have in weeks without a tractor. I am loving this.
I loved backhoe work. Spent time running one for a pipeline. It is so much more fun to dig roots than to bust a nipple off a 1500 psi line.

You must of gotten every wiz bang there was to fit that thing. Nice!
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Old 06-03-2011, 07:50 AM   #113
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Our 40hp 2003 Holly git'n er dun. Love this little guy.

Nice auger. Mines a POS by comparison. Were thinking about upgrading to a 60hp with the big front wheels and shuttle shift.

Started doing some hay leases and the lil Holly doesn't have the snot for a round baler. Has <500 hrs and just serviced. Pm if you might be interested. I'll probably post it in the classifieds soon.
If I could.

I'm looking for horse drawn equipment for what I can use them for. (mower,sully plow,potato digger, rake,disk)
Tractor would be nice also.
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Old 06-03-2011, 08:09 AM   #114
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If I could.

I'm looking for horse drawn equipment for what I can use them for. (mower,sully plow,potato digger, rake,disk)
Tractor would be nice also.
Yeah but we're trying to make some of our living off these hay leases. Have been subbing it out, but people aren't always as reliable as they need to be.
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You're one of those people that has the luxury of digging in dirt.
I had to rent a skid steer with a hydraulic rock drill to do my fence
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This was a Craigslist job, four broken shear bolts in 18 holes. This was in the Cedar Hill area, not much dirt to speak of. And fooking HOT that day.
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:32 PM   #116
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Does anyone out there have/use a Ratchet Rake? I am looking for your impressions.
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I unhooked my backhoe (New Holland 757c) once and left it like that. After a day I couldn't hook the lines back up until I bled off about a quart of fluid. Now I make sure to either set it directly on the ground or up on blocks.
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I unhooked my backhoe (New Holland 757c) once and left it like that. After a day I couldn't hook the lines back up until I bled off about a quart of fluid. Now I make sure to either set it directly on the ground or up on blocks.
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Thanks for the input. It is sitting on a stack of 6x6" blocks now at the front and the back of the main platform. And the dealer said it's best to reconnect it when it's cooler out, like in the morning or evening.

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Old 06-03-2011, 08:00 PM   #119
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I unhooked my backhoe (New Holland 757c) once and left it like that. After a day I couldn't hook the lines back up until I bled off about a quart of fluid. Now I make sure to either set it directly on the ground or up on blocks.
By directly on the ground, you mean so there is no weight on the outriggers?
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Old 06-04-2011, 05:31 PM   #120
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so shiny! and so useful on that beautiful lot of yours.

looks like alot of fun too.

(up here in the PNW we can't plant trees so close to the house- they grow too fast)
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