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Re: Advice on buying a backhoe

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01-08-2013 08:46:50

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The biggest problem with buying used backhoe is that if it was a construction used machine it is likely to be plain and simple wore out and abused. If you buy a 3 point type it is to light to do much. That said you need to look one over real real good for loose pins and welds etc etc. Been around this stuff for years but then I also have sat on a good many of them also and spent many hours running them. A friend has a wore out Case 580B and another has a 580K both ok for farm stuff but both break down at times and guess who they call LOL

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Larry NEIL

01-08-2013 11:56:18

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 Re: Advice on buying a backhoe in reply to old, 01-08-2013 08:46:50  
I'm not sure where you get that notion Old. A machine is how a man makes his living. I knew a few fellas that abused their equipment, but the don't last long in business. Anyone who worked for me ALWAYS greased the complete machine and checked all the fluid levels before starting to work it, or went down the road. Every machine of mine was kept in top mechanical shape always. Those machines were how We made our living.
Grease is always cheaper than pins and bushings and oil is always cheaper than a spun bearing!!

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01-08-2013 14:25:57

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 Re: Advice on buying a backhoe in reply to Larry NEIL, 01-08-2013 11:56:18  
Notion it is fact. You work for a company as an operator but that guy running the machine does not care if it runs or not so yep it ends up used and abused. Companies then sell them after so many years etc. Yes the get grease each and every day but they also get over worked. Seem many guy here lately mush be caught up with cabin fever as bad as it is getting here

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Arnold Layne

01-09-2013 09:03:41

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 Re: Advice on buying a backhoe in reply to old, 01-08-2013 14:25:57  
I guess if you like hiring morons that may be true. Anyone abusing my backhoes, or any other equipment, was looking for another job soon thereafter. On one of the first machine operater jobs I had, this kid drove a d6 almost a quarter mile to get the lunchbox out of his truck. Saw him leaving a few minutes later, the boss just said "maybe he will know better on his next job", and I adopted that line of thinking when I went out on my own. I am on my fifth hoe, bought all of them used from big companies. If you buy crap machines you will have crap machines.

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