14.5 FPT DR Towable Backhoe

14.5 FPT DR Towable Backhoe

For powerful and portable digging

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14.5 FPT DR Towable Backhoe

For powerful and portable digging

Dig trenches, plant trees, take on landscaping projects, and more with our DR Towable Backhoe. The hydraulic power system is self-contained for use anywhere, on your toughest jobs. For use with ATV or UTV.

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The 14.5 FPT DR Towable Backhoe has power to spare for trenching, landscaping, stump removal, heavy lifting and more. Designed especially for the most demanding digging tasks, this machine is self-powered with its own hydraulic system, so there's no fussing with a 3-point hitch or hydraulic connections.

Versatile design allows you to attach the machine to your truck, ATV, UTV, or tractor and tow to virtually any location at up to 45 mph. Plus, use it freestanding for maximum maneuverability, or while attached to your towing vehicle for even better torque. The wide stance stabilizer system provides a solid anchorage to the ground, and the unique foot design allows for easy repositioning. High-performance Briggs & Stratton engine is up to any tough task!

Comes standard with:  
  • 12" digging bucket  
Warranty Coverage:  
  • Machine: 2 years residential; 90 day commercial
Please call toll-free 1-800-687-6575 with any questions.
Features
DR Towable Backhoe. Pull-behind pickup truck, atv, utv or garden tractor.
Unmatched Portability
Tows Wherever You Need it

The DR Towable Backhoe hitches to your pickup truck with a common 2" ball hitch. You can also take it off-road with your ATV, UTV, or lawn tractor, allowing you to get to places a farm tractor couldn't go easily or safely. Tires are DOT certified at up to 45 mph.



DR Towable Backhoe. Use it with or without a tow vehicle
Flexible Design
Use it with or without a tow vehicle

The DR Backhoe is designed for digging attached to your tow vehicle or free-standing. Working unhitched, for lighter jobs, gives you maximum maneuverability, and means you don't have to tie up your tow vehicle if it's needed for other purposes. For ripping or lifting, you should leave the tow vehicle attached to provide extra anchorage.

Wide stance stabilizer system on a DR Towable Backhoe
Wide Stance Stabilizer System
Multiple legs provide a safe operating position

Wide stance stabilizer system provides maximum holdback to counter digging force and provide solid platform. Unique foot design enables you to reposition the unit, using the bucket, but resists unintentional "crawl." Front stabilizer legs have 3 positions for modifying working height. Rear stabilizer feet skid backward easily but resist forwardsliding.


High performance engine on a DR Towable Backhoe
Briggs & Stratton Professional Series Engine
The power, performance and durability of Briggs & Stratton® engines are legendary.

The DR Backhoe uses an easy-starting 14.5 FPT (306cc) XR Professional Series engine with overhead valve and a cast iron cylinder sleeve for long life.


Valve Control levers on a DR Towable Backhoe
Valve Control Levers
Operation is simple and easy to learn

The DR Backhoe's controls are simple and intuitive, allowing you to become a proficient operator with just a little practice. Each lever controls one action: 1) the up-down action of the boom (or "upper arm"); 2) the side-to-side action of the boom; 3) the up-down action of the crowd (or "lower arm"); 4) the curl of the bucket.

Dual filtration system on a DR Towable Backhoe
Dual Filtration System
Clean fluid ensures less maintenance, better performance

Clean hydraulic fluid is essential to any machine powered by hydraulics. With the DR Backhoe, the hydraulic fluid is cleaned twice. First, by the Tank Mounted Strainer (left) and second by the Hydraulic Filter (right).

Specs

Digging

Digging Depth 6' 4.5"
Reach 8' 8.5"
Swing Arc 128 degrees
Digging Force 1,950 lbs
Breakout Force 1,950 lbs

Dimensions

Length 115"
Width 64"
Height 71"
Weight 940 lbs.
Shipping Dimensions 96" L X 69" W X 68" H
Shipping Weight 960 lbs.

Engine

Make Briggs & Stratton
Starting Type Manual
Ft Lbs Torque 14.5
Displacement 306 cc
Engine Type OHV
Oil Capacity 37oz
Lubrication Splash
Oil Type SAE 30W HD
Cooling Methods Air Cooled

Fuel System

Fuel Capacity 0.8 Gallons

Hydraulics

Reservoir 8.5 gal
Hydraulic Pressure 2,500 PSI
Hydraulic Flow 2.6 GPM @ 3,200 RPM

Loading

Max Lift Capacity Up to 612 lbs
Bucket Rotation 148 degrees
Loading Height 57.6"
Loading Reach 38.4"

Warranty

Machine Warranty 2 years residential; 90 day commercial
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somewhat happy
Posted by: STEPHEN C. from Wilmot, NH on 08/08/2017
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after waiting nearly 2 months for this machine after being told it would ship in 10 to 15 business days, it arrived. it broke down when i first used it, had to wait for parts to be shipped, some of which did did not fit the machine at all, i got it to work.fortunately it is under warranty, since i'm not sure if the replacement parts will hold up. if they do, i'll be happy with the machine. i'm a bit disappointed with DR and it's a shame, since past products of their's have been very good.
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The Little Hoe That Could
Posted by: Daniel K. from Golden, MO on 07/27/2017
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I have had this for a little over one week now. I have ripped out 2 tree stumps that have caused a lot of cost in mower damage. I have also used it to rip out numerous trees. It may not be as rugged as a full fledged tractor mounted backhoe, but, it is sturdy enough to get the job done. I have yet to dig a hole or trench with it but I am confident that this little guy will be able to get the job done. If there are any regrets it is that I can't stretch my legs out. The seating quarters are pretty tight. This one is definitely a keeper.
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Built like a tank
Posted by: Richard B. from Watervliet, NY on 05/17/2017
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Very happy with this machine, they didn't cut corners building it. You can't compare this machine with the HF pos.dr is built like a tank
8 people found this review helpful.
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Great Tool
Posted by: Debra S. from NORWALK, IA on 05/10/2017
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This is a great tool and works great
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Towable Backhoe
Posted by: Jenimy W. from Mount Ida, AR on 12/08/2016
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Awesome piece of equipment!! Very heavy duty construction, one might even say overbuilt. If your an equipment operator and use to "joystick" operator controls, it will take a little practice to adjust to the 4 control levers. I wasn't so sure about the tire size and pulling it down the road. I'd prefer a larger size tire/wheel. However, a larger size tire can't be utilized due to the clearance between the tires and the forward stabilizers. Had a couple of issues during shipping, on the receiving end, but a quick call to Customer Service and everything was fixed up. Great folks there in Customer Service. Over all this is a great little piece of equipment and at a fraction of the cost to adding an attachment to the back of your tractor. Some might feel that maneuverability is an issue but I just attach it to my John Deere Gator and there is no place I can't go!
25 people found this review helpful.
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AN AWESOME MACHINE!
Posted by: robert l. from berne, NY on 11/01/2016
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THIS MACHINE TOTALLY EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS. IT'S POWERFUL AND EASY TO OPERATE. DIGGING DEPTH AND LIFTING CAPACITY IS UNBELIEVABLE IT ACTUALLY MAKES A HARD DIGGING JOB FUN. I'M IMPRESSED BY THE TOUGHNESS OF THE BUILD .
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Great tool for homeowner with projects to do
Posted by: Charles K. from STRATFORD, CT on 07/20/2016
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I purchased a reconditioned model. The machine itself is solidly built and I put a hitch onto my JD garden tractor to move it around the yard. My Suburban hitch makes it a breeze to tow off site. Being reconditioned, I did have some issues that were resolved: a leaky fuel bowl gasket, scratches during shipment and the strapping to hold the bucket up broke upon pickup at depot; the depot guy was nice enough to give me cloth strap so I could get it home. So DR needs, in my opinion, to pack it up a little better, and please test run the engine (would have revealed the big leak in fuel bowl gasket). They did send me touch up paint and a maintenance kit as comp for my troubles. This unit is constructed FAR better than the HF clone with good American made craftsmanship and steel. One last little annoyance: the Recon model shows the towing package installed yet was not included in the price, and they did not honor my inquiry on that. I plan to use this for 5-6 jobs around the house and then sell it, as I am just a homeowner, but renting something similar is hundreds per week and puts you on a deadline. Thanks DR, I enjoy your email ads and catalogs too. PS: I later bought a 9" bucket, tarp and a ripping tooth. All are great. Charles in CT.
Response from DR SupportThank you for letting us know about the issues you experienced. As a reconditioned unit, it should leave the building in like new condition. I apologize that it was not. I am glad to hear we were able to help rectify the situation and that you are enjoying the Backhoe around your property!
26 people found this review helpful.
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little machine big machine power
Posted by: randy l. from russell, PA on 06/18/2016
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we use this every other weekend i am a over the road truck driver and dont get the time to o every that needs to be done i haul heavy equipment and have ran it most of my life so far 2ponds cleaned a 200 foot ditch dug and the best one is a railroad tie wall/flower & rock garden for my wife this little machine dose everything a big machine can just at a little slower pace two thumbs up five stars just awsome pictures of the big project will be on dr. powers facebook page
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Me
Posted by: DONALD S. from ELK CITY, OK on 06/13/2016
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Nice little backhoe. For sure better on my back then a shovel. One hydrolic piston leaking. One phone call made and new piston sent to replace.
26 people found this review helpful.
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Backhoe use
Posted by: Kenneth G. from Hohenwald, TN on 02/28/2016
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This is a good unit for smaller jobs. I have used it for trenching & laying tile, removing small stumps, working on fence line plus many other projects. Works good and plenty of power. Only one small problem, sometimes it's hard to get into different angles and on hills to keep the unit level. All & all it is a very good unit.
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Dick
Posted by: RICHARD C. from HARRISON, MI on 01/06/2016
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Seems good haven't used it a lot I used the ripper tooth on roots works pretty good wish it had a little more power
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Outstanding machine
Posted by: HARLESS M. from MCMINNVILLE, OR on 08/18/2015
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When I picked this machine up in Portland, Or. at the ABF Trucking docks I was surprised that it was fully assembled. Once I got it to the ranch all I had to ad was the fenders and lighting package which makes it road tow able. This machine is built like a tank and the 14 1/2 hp engine gives it more than enough power. Within three days of having it here I have dug out two springs, set the tanks and have them both running water for the cattle. That is saying something since we are in an extended drought and my other spring was slowing down and having a hard time keeping up. The pressure is off. I have more than enough water for all of the animals. The ground that I dug with this machine ranged from extremely dry hard pack to absolute clay. I am 71 and have some health issues that wouldn't allow me to dig these springs out by hand. I am extremely pleased
28 people found this review helpful.
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Backhoe
Posted by: Floyd E. from O BRIEN, FL on 05/13/2015
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I have used this machine for about 4 weeks digging ditches and around stumps. It is good for digging ditches but needs a little improvement for stumps. The rear of the backhoe needs to be attached to a van or atv with some weight to counter balance the working end. Otherwise, it is like riding a bull. I would change th motor by 90 degrees as the heat gets a bit much while sitting in the seat. As soon as i can get some hose i will adjust my motor. The fill port for the oil is a little close to the motor, perhaps moving it about 6 inches away from the motor would help and make the tube about 6 inches taller to avoid spills when the backhoe bucks. My next purchase will be a 4 wheeler to attach to the backhoe.
Response from DR SupportThank you for the feedback on the DR® Backhoe. Great suggestions and we are going to pass them along. Additionally we are going to have someone from our Tech Support Department give you a call to make sure the machine is running well and that you are happy with its performance. Thanks for choosing DR® Power – we appreciate your business! We’ll be in touch soon.
56 people found this review helpful.
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Powerful, Precise, Perfect
Posted by: Qualys T. from Vergennes, VT on 03/11/2015
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Awesome machine for awesome people.
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The Best
Posted by: CHRIS V. from GARRETTSVILLE, OH on 08/27/2014
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Wish you had a dvd on the best way to dig out tree stump.
62 people found this review helpful.
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Saves a lot of digging by hand
Posted by: PERRY G. from STROUD, OK on 03/13/2014
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I purchased this machine for my oil & gas operation, and it saved a lot of digging by hand when laying some new pipelines through a large dirt berm. I can also use it on my ranch for several future projects. While the machine is great, the bucket attachments took way too long to arrive. I had to postpone several tasks until they arrive. I finally got the ripper tooth a couple of months ago. Now, I can get something done.
Response from DR SupportThank you for the review on the DR Backhoe. We are so glad that it is working out well for you and that the buckets have arrived. They did take longer to ship out then we anticipated and we apologize for that and are glad they did arrive safely. Let us know if you have any questions and we appreciate your business.
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excellent backhoe
Posted by: fjones66 from Florida on 09/29/2013
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I operated a 190 Dynahoe in Salem NH for about 12 years, every day. This backhoe is conciderably smaller but for home and yard chores, it's perfect. I've only had it for a month and have pulled 13 small stumps and dug out a swale for storm water. It's easy to use and clean up is easy. Needed to have wheels on the front to move around the job sight and I mounted them onto the outriggers. Without the wheels, the machine would bog down and not move. Here in Florida, the ground is soft. Also there should be a 24" grader bucket for swales and job cleanup. Good machine and quality built, just not enough addons.
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Happy with our purchase
Posted by: TomH from Arizona on 06/20/2013
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Arrived no damage and the setup went smooth. Working with it so far, no problems and am happy with the digging ability. Can't say I'm a good enough operator yet to get everything out of it, but no problems have surfaced. It's a solid machine and needs a tractor or atv to position, moving by hand takes a couple of strong backs. I gave it four stars instead of five only because I've not used it long enough to fully comment.
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If you have a job requiring a backhoe, look no further!
Posted by: bane14 from West Virginia on 06/19/2013
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I am impressed with the quality of the backhoe. The backhoe has more than enough power to dig through the roots, clay and rocks on my property. The Subaru provides more than enough power and it is quieter than all of my other lawn equipment! The controls are smooth and predictable. I looked at a number of different portable backhoes on the market, and this one is by far the best! I am more than pleased with the backhoe and the outstanding customer service! DR went above and beyond to address all my concerns and answer all my questions! DR equipment will always be my first choice!
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Q.digging
can the dr backhoe handle rocky ground
A.The DR Back-Hoe has a ripping force of 1950 pound's and a lifting capacity of 612 pound's, good for handling all types of property. Please contact us if you have further question's.
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Posted by: chris0217 from Missouri on 9/14/2013
Q.DOES IT ALSO COME WITH TWO LEVER JOY STICK OPTION AND HOW MUCH MORE IN PRICE
A.We no longer offer the 2-Lever Joy Stick Control Handle for our Towable Backhoe. It was discontinued in the Spring of 2013. We apologize for any disappointment or inconvenience but do appreciate your interest.
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Posted by: ZAZZYBOY from New York on 9/27/2013
Q.Length and width of unit in transport mode?
A.Thank you for your interest in the DR Towable Backhoe. The backhoe will arrive fully assembled contained in shrink wrap. The shipping dimensions are as follows, 96" L x 69" W x 68" H, 960 pounds This machine is only able to be delivered to a trucking depot or a business with a loading dock and forklift. Due to it's weight and size, it cannot be delivered to your home. Please let us know if you have any further questions.
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Posted by: jhutchers1 from Georgia on 9/26/2013
Q.Does the machine have electric start.
A.The DR Towable Backhoe is powered by a 14.5 FPT Briggs & Stratton engine, giving you the benefit of easy starting with one or two easy pulls. An electric starting option is not available for our Towable Backhoe.

Thanks for your question and interest in the Backhoe.
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Posted by: clifford martin from anderson , IN on 3/18/2014
Q.Shipping charge on backhoe.
Can I save the $499 shipping charge if I come and pick up the backhoe myself? Does it require a 2" ball?
A.The Towable Backhoe is sold fully assembled and the hitch type on the Backhoe is a 2" ball hitch. To check on a DR Factory Store that may be in your area, please click on the following web link: http://www.drpower.com/pages/content/company/factory-stores We recommend calling in advance of a visit to check on which products the Factory Stores currently have in stock. A Factory Store Sales Representative will be happy to assist you. Thanks for your interest in the DR Towable Backhoe.
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Posted by: YellowTrucker from Connecticut on 9/3/2013
Q.Attachments
Does this backhoe accept attachments like augurs, blades, lifts etc?
A.The DR Back-Hoe is not designed to accept additional attachment's like the augur, lift's etc. Please contact us if you have additional question's.
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Posted by: Samrivers100 from Texas on 10/5/2013
Q.What size bucket is included with the purchase of the Towable Backhoe? Thanks, Gage
A.The Towable Backhoe comes standard with the 12" wide bucket. The 9" and 16" wide buckets are optional buckets you can purchase.

The Backhoe attaches to the 2" ball of a truck, SUV or ATV. Stabilizer feet in the front and back make this a very stable machine to use. Side arms adjust to uneven terrain for stability - 11" below ground level to 7" above ground level - with an overall width of 9 ft 9 in.

Our Towable Backhoe works great for any landscaping project to digging trenches.

Thanks for your interest and question on the DR Towable Backhoe. ph
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Posted by: Gage Arnold from Nowata , OK on 7/8/2014
Q.Does it come road worthy with tail lights on it.
A.The Towable Backhoe is road towable up to 45 mph, however, we no longer offer the Road Towing Package for the Backhoe, which included the wiring harness, lights and fenders.

The Backhoe comes with a 2" ball hitch and trailer wheel bearings that can be attached to a truck, tractor, SUV or ATV. One should plan on checking into the road towing requirements for their particular state.

Thanks for your interest and question on the DR Towable Backhoe. ph
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Posted by: Robert Malone from Titusville , FL on 6/20/2014
Q.What is the standard bucket with the backhoe? do you have a reconditioned or demostator available?
A.The Towable Backhoe comes standard with a 12" wide bucket. You can purchase a 9" and/or a 16" wide bucket.

Our reconditioned machines are available on a first come, first serve basis, so we generally recommend calling directly to speak with a Sales Representative to check on the availability of one. Also, we are unable to offer reservation orders or waiting lists for reconditioned machines.

To speak with a Sales Representative, please call toll free 1-888-550-0062 and a Representative will be happy to help you. Thanks for your question and interest in our Towable Backhoe. ph
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Posted by: Miller L Love, Jr from johns Island , SC on 4/16/2014
Q.Do you have a "thumb" for this back hoe?
A.I'm sorry, we do not have the pincer thumb feature available on our towable backhoe at this time. The maximum bucket capacity is 612 lbs with a breaking force of 1650 lbs. This is a very rugged towable backhoe.

Thank you for your inquiry

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Posted by: Scott Mickelsen from Draper, UT on 1/18/2015
Q.I have a 20hp lawn tractor with a tow ball setup. Would this work to move and use the DR Backhoe?
A.Thank you for contacting us.

The DR Backhoe weighs 978 lbs which is far too heavy to be towing with a 20HP Lawn Tractor. Based both on towing and braking capability. We recommend using a larger farm tractor, pick up truck or SUV for towing the DR Backhoe.

Please contact us if you have further questions.
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Posted by: Steven Huff from Palermo , ME on 5/19/2015
Q.How deep will it dig trench?
A.The digging depth of the 14.5 fpt Towable Backhoe is 6' 4.5".
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Posted by: Carl Petersen from Troy , MT on 4/19/2016
Q.What is the length from the ball hitch to the center of the axle and what is the tire diameter? What is the width from outside left tire to outside right tire?
A.Thank you for contacting us.

Here is the information you were looking for regarding the DR Towable Backhoe. The distance from the hitch to the center of the axle is 73 inches. The tires are 16 inches in diameter and the distance to the outside of both tires is 64 inches.

Please contact us if you have further questions.
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Posted by: Donald Nosenzo from Franklinton , NC on 5/28/2015
Q.If I order this with the lights and fenders will it be ready to hook up to my car and tow home from the truck depot.
A.The road towing kit, including the lights and fenders, will not be factory installed. Not all states require them. I would recommend checking with you local DMV to see if they are required in your state. The Towable Backhoe will come to the depot ready to tow home, but it will not have the lights and fenders.
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Posted by: David Niedziela from Cobleskill , NY on 4/18/2016
Q.Do I have to supply the oil for startup?
A.We do not ship our machines with any fluids. We do have a great maintenance kit available for the 14.5 fpt Backhoe. . It will not only include two 32 oz bottles of 30w oil, but also a spare spark plug, air filter, spark plug gapping tool, spark plug wrench, and 2 oz of DR ethanol fuel treatment. This kit is on sale for $69.99.
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Posted by: Anonymous from Saint Stephen , SC on 4/9/2016
Q.What is the depth capacity? Will it dig a four foot trench footing?
A.Thank you for your interest in the Towable Backhoe. The digging depth is 6 ½ feet. You will have no problem digging a 4 ½ foot trench. Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you out with.
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Posted by: Ken Teichmann from LAWRENCE , KS on 6/26/2016
Q.What is the lifting limits in the arm . I see one set up as a small crane once and we would be using it to dig holes for gate operator pads key pad pads Ballard's and support posts for automated gates would like to know if it can also lift gates for us
A.Hello, thank you for your question regarding the Towable Backhoe. The Towable Backhoe has a lifting capacity of 612lbs. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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Posted by: Denis Carmody from Punta Gorda , FL on 6/22/2016
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