SOME might consider paying more money to a dealer easy. Yet, building your own backhoe is not that hard.
Hundreds of customers have fabricated backhoe attachments for their tractors using Micro Hoe Plans from P.F. Engineering. Not only were they successful, but many found the build process fun. We know because they told us, and they sent pictures.
You might say, however, that dealers offer warranties for maintenance and repairs. You’d be right. Even so, when you’ve built your own, when you’ve been through every detail, you don’t really need assurances from someone else. You essentially become your own guarantee. Instead of calling a service center and asking about available appointments next week, you are more than ready to take care of any issue right away.
Even if you don’t want to do the work yourself, you can always arrange for someone else to do it for you. Equipped with our experience and detailed information, Micro Hoe Plans offer you control of your project’s budget and schedule, all for less than a pair of new work boots.
Here in this video Paul uses a backhoe that he modified, capable of digging about 7.5 feet deep.
Plans include complete build instructions, schematics for hydraulics, and a materials list, which itemizes steel, hydraulics, and other hardware that you’ll need for your project. You’ll also receive a list of online suppliers that you can use when shopping for materials, or comparing prices.
Backhoes made from our plans can be attached to most garden and compact tractors. The basic design is a 350-pound unit that can dig down to a depth of 5.5 feet, ideal for smaller garden tractors. Additional instructions are provided that explain how to modify the design and build a larger backhoe with extended reach.
You are free to customize. Many already have.
|Overall weight||350 pounds||159 kg|
|Digging depth||5 1/2 feet||1676 mm|
|Reach||8 feet||2438 mm|
|Hydraulic stabilizer spread||7 1/2 feet||2286 mm|
|Boom swing||170 degrees||170 degrees|
|Bucket width||10 inches||254 mm|
|Built-in oil reservoir|
|Spin on oil strainer element|
|Proportioned hydraulics for simultaneous cylinder
movements without a pressure drop
|Estimated cost to build:||$1700|