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Bright red and yellow make for a very cheery machine! Though it looks like a children’s toy, this portable backhoe should prove fairly useful for a farm or small operation. The website contains hardly any information besides contact info for the manufacturer, but at least they put up some pretty pictures. This sure looks better than Red Green’s Cadillac backhoe.

Portable Backhoe [Collins Machinery]


8 Responses to Tool Pr0n: Backyard Backhoe

  1. eschoendorff says:

    Problem is that, if you go to the Collins site, they leave out a lot of essential detail in their specifications… like breakout force, for instance.

    I would be very skeptical of this machine….

  2. fred says:

    Re eschoendorff Says:

    Amen to needing to know the specs.

    Our lightweight machine is a Daewoo 140 only good for 19,000 lbs – but its a “lightweight” at 15tons.
    Swing torque is also useful to know

  3. Rembreto says:

    Does the ‘model’ have a cigarette in his mouth?

  4. KMR says:

    The bucket linkage at the end of the ram is mounted in single shear. NICE! That’ll last a long time…

  5. Coach James says:

    I had to go back and look at the other pics again, but you’re right about single shear. How much more would it have cost to make it a double? Couldn’t be that much. Wonder how many hours that takes off the life of the ram?

  6. Don in LA says:

    Anyone have any experience using any of the mini-backhoes? I need a small lightweight model to mount on a small barge for cleaning out my boat slip. Mostly silt and clay in the slip. I’m also looking at the Gopher mini out of Oregon. Thanks for any help.

  7. John says:


    any luck finding a mini- light weight backhoe?

    i have same problem in Florida.



  8. Tobacco Joe says:

    Does this model come with cigarettes to smoke while operating equipment? They are illegal here.

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