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Crawlers, Dozers, Loaders & Backhoes Discussion Forum

Re: 4 lever vs 2 lever backhoe

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12-18-2012 12:21:21

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It has been years since I have operated a backhoe and only TLB's. They were either 4 stick or three stick and foot swing. No problem with either. Two sticks under each hand and the bucket seemed as if it was an extension of my own hand. Smooth and precise. I have never had a chance to run a two stick machine but I could probably pick it up quickly. A two stick machine might be easier for a new operator and maybe a little smoother for an operator that has no natural talent. I worked with a guy that had owned his own machines for years and was a terrible operator. He was about as smooth as a one fingered typist and was always replacing cracked hydraulic lines or welding cracks on the boom.

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steve n carol

12-25-2012 07:24:28

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 Re: 4 lever vs 2 lever backhoe in reply to DonBC, 12-18-2012 12:21:21  
When I was a kid, the neighbor was a backhoe operator, and quite the mechanic! He had a FORD TLB. I don't recall how many levers/pedals he had on that machine long, long ago, but I do remember that he took a handful of 3/8" drive universal sockets and welded them to the original controls up to 2 separate sticks.

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