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 11-06-2007, 23:51 Post: 147884
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I'm buying an 2520 and wan't some feedback from anyone who owns and uses the backhoe on a 2520 o an 2320. I'm an electrical contractor and would be digging three feet from anywhere fron 30 to 200 feetong. How do you move the backhoe to continue digging? do you leave the tractor in neutral and push back with the bucket? How fast can you dig and how much power does it have? Any feedback would be appreciated
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 11-11-2007, 16:20 Post: 148105
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think a guy on here ducati996 has the tractor with the backhoe you are wanting. He could tell you all the specifics about the tractor. Can you demo the tractor with the backhoe for couple hours to see if it will do what you want.? I did just that with my 2520 and worked out great.
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 11-11-2007, 17:27 Post: 148107
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I have the virtually same tractor (4115) with Deere's 46 Backhoe.

You really have to get off change seats and move the machine with the drive train. At least I do.... two main reasons:

1) You have to plant the FEL straight into the ground to support the tractor while digging, and.........

2) The operators area is directly under a rather narrow ROPS and there is no room to turn your body to manipulate the those controls.

Besides, when I stick the B/H bucket into the ground it just digs rather than trying to pull the tractor, even if the tractor is free to roll.

I can offer you a viable alternative. Check out a Kubota BX24. I had a BX22 when they first came out and because of the WIDE ROPS and roomy, open work station I could easily reach back and raise the FEL.

I could also push the HST pedals with my hand without leaving the B/H seat to inch the tractor forward or back.

Disclaimer: I am 6'3" and have long arms so you are going to have to try this one on for fit.

As far as digging power both the BX and the 46 B/H have all the power you are going to need for the intended purpose, which is digging. If you want to use it as a crane you are going to have to mind the weights.






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 11-11-2007, 18:22 Post: 148108
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 John Deere 2520 backhoe

If you're doing this all the time I'd think you'd want something with a seat that will easily rotate from forward facing to rearward facing. I've seen 'em but can't remember the model numbers.






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 11-11-2007, 21:36 Post: 148113
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Hi There
Do you have a 2520? Do you have a bachhoe attachment? The dealer which has 7 locations does'nt stock a 46 backhoe and they said if they had one they would'nt let me try it due to nobody wan'ts to buy a dirty mechine so i'm left to talk to other owners. Any feedback would be helpful
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 11-11-2007, 21:41 Post: 148114
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I looked at the Kobuta BX24. It is too small and not enough power in my opinion to do what I'm looking for. If I need to dismount from the rear seat, sit on the front seat to drive foward then remount the backhoe seat I will not buy this tractor. The dealer told me leave the tractor in neutral and push it forward with the backhoe bucket. Any futher feedback would help
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 11-12-2007, 00:44 Post: 148117
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I will tell you this, if I wanted a machine for the primary purpose of using the backhoe I would go with the BX hands down.

The backhoe is much better quality than the Deere 46 and it easier and more precise to operate. It trailers better to a job site and fits into smaller, tighter places.

As far as power goes, maybe you can tell the difference between a 3 cylinder/23 HP and 3 cylinder/26 HP in the field but I can't.

Now if you just don't like orange or are looking more at bucket size and lift capacity I can understand where the BX might look almost toy-like, but IMHO it is the best small B/H on the market and it performs just like the bigger dogs.

If the dealer is telling you that you cannot scrape a little paint off the B/H bucket before you put your hard earned cash down...... maybe it is time to find another dealer??

As to what I own, I have posted a pix in the #9 spot. It is a virtual twin to the 2520..... just a bit less HP at 24.






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 11-12-2007, 17:35 Post: 148155
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my application is the following:
I need a quick disconnect system where I can remove the bucket in a couple minutes without tools
I need to be able to attach forks to the loader assembly with a quick disconect system
The tractor must be able to lift 500-600 lbs. using forks lifting a 4 1/2 wide by 2 1/2 foot deep and 3 1/2 foot high generator. I do believe the BX-26 would be too small for this appication. kUBOTA makes a good product but in my opinion when I compared the 7610 hst to the John Deere 2520 with hours of research and a $2000.00 higher price than the Kubota I still bought the John Deere.






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I wanted the quick-attach FEL forks too and that is why I now have the Deere 4115.

As far as I know Deere is the only one with a quick change bucket.






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I was just curious. When I looked at the Kubota 7610 and compared it to the Deere 2520. The 2520 weighhs around 500 lbs more than the Kubota. To me it seem that the kubota was a little larger frame which does'nt explain such a weight differance. Do you know why the weight differance?






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