DR Towable Backhoe


| 6/8/2009 2:35:00 PM


Tags: backhoe, machinery, DR,

Hank Will and Highland cattle.Last week, while my daughter Alaina was still visiting, we went ahead and did some chores with the DR Towable Backhoe demo unit that’s in the barn. When DR first offered to send a Towable Backhoe to Kansas for testing, I was just a little skeptical that something so seemingly small and relatively light weight could really perform, but I was burning with curiosity because of the company’s history of building awesome machines that do what they are designed to do quite well.

When the DR Towable Backhoe first arrived, I hitched it to my pickup and pulled it down the highway to the farm without incident. This particular model is equipped with fenders and lights, in addition to highway hubs and wheels. The company recommends that you don’t exceed 45 mph while towing. Even though the speed limit was 70 mph for much of my trip to the farm, I never came close to towing the backhoe at that speed but I might have been a tad over 45 a time or two. The backhoe tracked well; the drive was completely free of any white knuckle syndrome.

DR Towable Backhoe and Polaris Ranger 

Setting up the DR Towable backhoe was a piece of cake. All I needed to do was to pour 10 gallons of hydraulic fluid into the reservoir and fire it up. Oops, don’t worry Julia I also added premium diesel-engine-quality motor oil to the Robin engine’s crankcase, before firing it up. It took more time to unwrap the Towable Backhoe than it did to get it ready to go to work.

Since our Kansas ground is hard when dry and sticky when wet, and since there are plenty of plate-size pieces of limestone in it, I used the Polaris Ranger as an anchor point when digging with DR’s diminutive hoe. It is possible to dig with the DR Towable Backhoe without attaching it to another vehicle, but the vehicle makes it pretty easy to move the hoe around and helps keep it from moving when you don’t want it to. After several uses now, I find the DR Towable Backhoe to be robust, capable and really handy for getting into tight spots and steep places that might upset a tractor.



DR Towable Backhoe at work. 

Tony Burton
10/27/2010 10:34:18 PM

I want to add something to my post: we live on a U-shaped ridge, and the majority of our property is NW Georgia clay and shale, underneath a very few inches of topsoil. I know that's tough to dig in, but if the DR Backhoe is only made for sandy loam, it ought to be advertised that way. The way they show it on the site, it's like it could dig or lift just about anything, but it's not tough enough for NW Georgia land, that's for sure. We didn't get one single task completed with the backhoe while we had it (about two weeks) and wasted a lot of time and money. I'm very, very disappointed, and intend to tell all my friends how lousy it was, and how the company ripped us off with the $1,000 shipping charge even though it was supposed to be "free shipping."


Tony Burton
10/27/2010 10:20:39 PM

Wow! I guess you didn't have any really challenging tasks for the DR Backhoe, then. We bought one back in June, attracted by the "free shipping" and six month trial period. We're building a house here in NW Georgia, and I have quite a few digging tasks: putting in some small trees, setting a couple of concrete pillars, and other things like that. We bought the 9 HP version, and towed it home. After getting it all set up, we hitched it to the back of our Jeep Cherokee and started to dig. MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT! The pathetic thing would barely scratch the surface of our ground, except in areas where the ground had already been excavated and backfilled. It literally lifted the back end of the full-sized Jeep Cherokee off the ground when trying to take a bite out of our soil. We tried in multiple locations, and it was an absolute failure. The only places it would dig, as I said, were places where the ground had already been disturbed. MORE DISAPPOINTMENT!! When we returned the backhoe, they charged us $1,000 in shipping fees! This was the "free shipping??" The machine did not perform as advertised, and they charged us $1,000 to find this out. I would not buy from DR (Country Home Products) again. Ripoff artists.


Tony Burton
10/27/2010 10:20:15 PM

Wow! I guess you didn't have any really challenging tasks for the DR Backhoe, then. We bought one back in June, attracted by the "free shipping" and six month trial period. We're building a house here in NW Georgia, and I have quite a few digging tasks: putting in some small trees, setting a couple of concrete pillars, and other things like that. We bought the 9 HP version, and towed it home. After getting it all set up, we hitched it to the back of our Jeep Cherokee and started to dig. MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT! The pathetic thing would barely scratch the surface of our ground, except in areas where the ground had already been excavated and backfilled. It literally lifted the back end of the full-sized Jeep Cherokee off the ground when trying to take a bite out of our soil. We tried in multiple locations, and it was an absolute failure. The only places it would dig, as I said, were places where the ground had already been disturbed. MORE DISAPPOINTMENT!! When we returned the backhoe, they charged us $1,000 in shipping fees! This was the "free shipping??" The machine did not perform as advertised, and they charged us $1,000 to find this out. I would not buy from DR (Country Home Products) again. Ripoff artists.






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