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Re: Backhoe

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George Marsh

02-18-2013 06:05:46

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FarmerZeb ,
If you look at an add on hoe, you may need to get off the tractor seat and climb on the hoe's seat. Every time you move, change seats.

You may also want to consider how much it cost to operate it. I know a guy that had an add-on on a ford and he said it was too costly to operate.

5 years ago I bought a Terramite, T5C. It's a small toy compared to most. Uses a gallon or less of gas per hour. Only weighs 3100 pounds and is 4 ft wide. Easy to trailer. Can get places others can't. Doesn't tear up the yard like a big hoe will. It's a little pricey, but I will never be without one. It's made in West Virgina, USA parts. It can dig a hole 8 ft deep. Just may take longer than the big boys. Won't do everything the big boys can do either. I put about 250 hours a year on it. Love it.

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Mike (WA)

02-18-2013 12:28:42

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 Re: Backhoe in reply to George Marsh, 02-18-2013 06:05:46  
Another brand similar to Terramite is the Allmand. Heavily built, hydrostatic, has loader and backhoe. Backhoe works very smoothly, I think its great. Like the Terramite, not a production machine, but gets the job done.

I've kind of been partners with a guy who buys and sells a lot of stuff from auctions, often Ritchie Bros. I was with him, and we bought the Allmand with my money, for resale. I mentioned that I had a couple things at my place I'd like to use it for, and please drop it off there first. He said "I think that's a mistake, but I'll do it if you want." Rather a curious statement, I thought, but didn't say anything.

When he called me in a couple of weeks about coming to get it to sell, I told him I'd decided to keep it. He laughed and said, "That's why I said dropping it at your place would be a mistake- I knew that's the last I'd ever see of it."

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George Marsh

02-18-2013 13:34:58

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 Re: Backhoe in reply to Mike (WA), 02-18-2013 12:28:42  
Mike, Never heard of an Allmand. Terramites are sold mostly to DIY rent a centers. Mine came used, 4 years old and 435 hours, form a rent a center.

The main reason I went with Terramite is that's it's gas powered. I can't stand to be within 300 feet of a desiel without getting a throbbing headache.

Terramite, to my knowledge, has no dealers. You deal directly with them. I call an 800# to get parts. Very simple to work on, so far.

Mine's a 2004 with about 1500 hours. I could sell it today for about what I paid for it. Have way too much fun and get a lot done with it to ever think of selling.


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Mike (WA)

02-19-2013 09:08:47

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 Re: Backhoe in reply to George Marsh, 02-18-2013 13:34:58  
Google Allmand backhoe- lots of pics. Old time American family company, still building stuff, but not backhoes at this time. I think its run by the Allmand brothers at this time, but they don't sing.

I have a TLB 25- powered by air-cooled 2 cylinder- Onan, IIRC, everything is hydrostatic or hydraulic. Handier than the pocket on a shirt.

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George Marsh

02-19-2013 15:58:03

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 Re: Backhoe in reply to Mike (WA), 02-19-2013 09:08:47  
I thought the Allmand Brothers were singers!

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