Nowhere near a telehandler on front end mind. Be a step back for you with limited forward reach and depending on what you're handler is likely a lot less lift weight wise. Admittedly if you take front bucket off a 3cx and fit an attachment carriage of some kind you will gain a bit of lift weight wise as 3cx 4 in 1 bucket must be in region of 1/2 ton.Anyone use a jcb for feeding up ? Stacking straw? Loading trailers or are they more set up for just digging? Temped to trade older telehandler in for a back hoe but think the downsides might outweigh the upsides thoughts ?
That is a very tidy grey cab. Job to find one like that.
The owner looks after his gear That's done big hrs too and has to work. That bucket is a toe tip, hold over a ton of beet.That is a very tidy grey cab. Job to find one like that.
Back to the OP how about keep the telehandler and look around for a 5 ton excavator if finances would stretch?
We did buy a Fermec 860 as an additional machine 2010 but subsequently traded it in for a second forklift. Farm over three sites all 5k or more apart and the forklift was doing a lot of roadwork so bought the backhoe to handle feeding 180 cows and keep forklift at grainstore and for youngstock. Backhoe as good as forklift on the sheargrab if you don't have any tight corners and you have decent height around doorways. It did a bit of digging for posts and round yard but a wet field and backhoe are a bad combination. Sold it five years ago, cow numbers were going up and we were running a tractor as well for scraper and sawdust spreader and the forklift replaced them both. I wouldn't replace a frontline forklift with a backhoe but might make sense for a backup machine, much more capacity than a tractor loader, at least load wise.Anyone use a jcb for feeding up ? Stacking straw? Loading trailers or are they more set up for just digging? Temped to trade older telehandler in for a back hoe but think the downsides might outweigh the upsides thoughts ?
We used to drop the dipper arm off our HXS which improved the job no end. Then we used to drop the whole back actor off, 4 pins 2 pipes and the lever linkages, and stick a block on. Had it down to under an hour.The view out the front and sides of a wheeled digger is good when feeding etc. Nice place to be. When the back actor on our 50 HXS is folded sideways behind the cab as it would usually be when doing yard work you dont have much visibility behind. All you see is yellow. Easier to see around the folded back actor of the older HX / 50B.
Not sure how other makes compare in this regard. I suppose if used to telehandler then will be used to side mirrors.