The open source backhoe is complete. Check out the finished product as attached on our open source tractor:
Field testing showed some explosive news. See for yourself:
I ran over to Sweiger Shop right after, to get a larger shaft. The store was closed â€“ I forgot it was Saturday. On the way back, I stopped and picked a bushel of juicy Jonathan apples from a neighbor. After downing four of them in delight, I said to myself â€“ â€œhey, wait a minute, why donâ€™t I just fix the tractor myself?â€ After all, I designed it for absolute simplicity and replaceability of parts. A redesign of the shaft coupling â€“ and Iâ€™ll be up in no time. Yes, thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m doing today, and I should be up digging with the new toothbar bucket by noon.
The backhoe itself was not so effective the front of the tractor comes right off the ground as the bucket takes a bite in the hard clay. I need some weights on the front for backhoe work â€“ probably another 1000 pounds.