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Marada
06-21-2012, 10:31 AM
I have some major digging to do and at my age a shovel just didn't cut it. So, using and old riding mower I build a small backhoe. Tried out for the 1st time this morning and wow, talk about a digging machine. Using scrap metal from the salvage yard and surplus cylinders kept the total cost under $1000.
I just attached a pic with the boom raised. Looks like about 5000 pounds of digging force at the bucket

seclark
06-21-2012, 10:34 AM
that is sweet. i'd love to have something like that to clean up the dog shit in my yard.
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tooge
06-21-2012, 10:36 AM
must be a big dog

sedated
06-21-2012, 10:38 AM
Too loud to use at 3am.

kepp
06-21-2012, 10:38 AM
That's badass

loochy
06-21-2012, 11:33 AM
ROFL that thing is cool

Brock
06-21-2012, 11:40 AM
Pretty clever.

boogblaster
06-21-2012, 11:50 AM
nice ... ive got a pond ya can dig fo me ....

Okie_Apparition
06-21-2012, 11:50 AM
I bet that could shake an old man in to potency again

Bwana
06-21-2012, 12:03 PM
That is cool! :hail:

vailpass
06-21-2012, 12:06 PM
:clap:

Bwana
06-21-2012, 12:09 PM
:clap:

Yeah no kidding, I may have to knock something like that out myself. That thing is so bad ass, the only thing missing, is a set of welded on balls.

Msmith
06-21-2012, 12:31 PM
Before I clicked this thread, I thought it was talking about zombies.

vailpass
06-21-2012, 12:31 PM
Yeah no kidding, I may have to knock something like that out myself. That thing is so bad ass, the only thing missing, is a set of welded on balls.

That is a sweet idea. Marada, you hear this? That rig of yours deserves a set of balls. Weld 'em on right below the chair.

Mr. Laz
06-21-2012, 12:33 PM
nice :clap:

Dave Lane
06-21-2012, 12:33 PM
Shit I coulda used that this week

Rain Man
06-21-2012, 12:39 PM
I am always in awe of people who can make stuff. I can barely use the microwave.

Bwana
06-21-2012, 12:40 PM
Shit I coulda used that this week

If that were mine, I think I would be knocking on doors around the hood, asking if anyone needed any work done, FOR FREE, after I was done with my projects. That thing looks like a kick in the pants to play with.

ChiefsNow
06-21-2012, 12:48 PM
Cool

Marada
06-21-2012, 12:49 PM
If that were mine, I think I would be knocking on doors around the hood, asking if anyone needed any work done, FOR FREE, after I was done with my projects. That thing looks like a kick in the pants to play with.

I didn't have time to play with it today other then to do some test digging but yeah, it will be fun. I got the idea after looking at my regular rider which is a hydrostat and seeing seperate hydraulic pump. Wife would not let me touch that mower so found the old one. I don't know why the makers of the 20 hp riders and above don't offer it as an option. It wasn't that hard to figure out by trial and error. Took about 6 weeks to build.

kepp
06-21-2012, 12:57 PM
Hey, you and God of Thunder should collaborate - http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=260301

Sofa King
06-21-2012, 12:58 PM
that is sweet. i'd love to have something like that to clean up the dog shit in my yard.
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LMAO

Marada
06-23-2012, 10:43 AM
Got a chance to put the backhoe to work on a 2 foot stump in the front yard. 45 minutes later I have a hole with no stump. I have a man crush on this machine.

-King-
06-23-2012, 10:56 AM
I am always in awe of people who can make stuff. I can barely use the microwave.

Weren't you an engineer? LMAO
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oldman
06-23-2012, 11:02 AM
We engineering types just think up stuff like this. We can't always build them. But heavy duty props to you, Marada. If you want to bring it up to my place, I've got some stuff to do.

Okie_Apparition
06-23-2012, 11:08 AM
Mr Suburban metrosexual would dig up a gas line & his widow would sue
Or else you would have a mini gold mine

Ebolapox
06-23-2012, 11:35 AM
dig safely: it's the law.

remember to stop to call before you dig, call 1-800 (dig rite)

Chiefshrink
06-23-2012, 01:06 PM
American ingenuity :hail::usa:

Great job !!:thumb:

LiveSteam
06-23-2012, 01:13 PM
Awesome job of fabricating on the fly.

Rain Man
06-24-2012, 03:37 PM
Weren't you an engineer? LMAO
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Yeah. You'd think I'd be better at that kind of stuff, wouldn't you? I can generally tell you in theory how stuff works, but when it comes down to actually making something, zero. Zip. Zilch.

gblowfish
06-24-2012, 04:18 PM
I just bought one of these on Craigs List today for $50!
Nothing like buying a snow shovel on a 100 degree day!
http://www.amazon.com/Toro-38361-Shovel-Electric-Thrower/dp/B000VU222S

Marada
07-16-2012, 09:33 AM
Finally got to try the digger out doing what I built it for. Here's about 1 hours worth of work and the job about 3/4's of the way done. I can't imagine shoveling all that clay dirt by hand. My man crush on this machine is growing.

loochy
07-16-2012, 09:37 AM
Finally got to try the digger out doing what I built it for. Here's about 1 hours worth of work and the job about 3/4's of the way done. I can't imagine shoveling all that clay dirt by hand. My man crush on this machine is growing.

dude that thing just makes me laugh in appreciation

beach tribe
07-16-2012, 10:03 AM
I just bought one of these on Craigs List today for $50!
Nothing like buying a snow shovel on a 100 degree day!
http://www.amazon.com/Toro-38361-Shovel-Electric-Thrower/dp/B000VU222S

I better get a jump on old man winter and buy one of these.
I heard it's gonna get down in the 70's this year. Burrrrrrrrrr:D