John Deere rolls out new backhoe, loader

June 20, 2017 -  By
Photo: John Deere

Photo: John Deere

John Deere is expanding its line of compact utility tractor implements with two additions, the 260B backhoe and 120R loader.

“When designing our latest backhoe and loader models, we listened to customer feedback, making key changes to improve operator ease and productivity,” said DeMark Cole, product specialist for compact utility tractors. “The 260B and 120R retain the features that customers loved from previous models, and include updates to simplify tasks, including implement attachment and detachment, and routine maintenance.”

Compatible with the mid-2017 1023E and 1025R models, the 260B backhoe is equipped with a high-back seat, a new ROPS-mounted grab handle and integrated step on the stabilizer arm. The controls now feature protective rubber boots and a large, easy-to-read decal with installation and removal instructions. The 260B features a cushioned boom cylinder for smoother operation and a new thumb kit. Additionally, integrated stabilizer locks and boom and swing lock pins are operable from the operator’s seat, and the improved backhoe lock pins simplify attaching and detaching, according to the manufacturer.

Compatible with the John Deere 1023E and 1025R compact utility tractor models, the 120R has a 754-pound lift capacity and 72-inch lift height. It is also equipped with the John Deere Quik-Park mounting system, which allows the operator to easily remove and mount the implement without tools. It also has a curved boom design for improved visibility and styling, along with an improved knee joint. Additionally, end-of-pin lubrication on cylinder and pivot pins allow for easy access to servicing grease points.

Photo: John Deere

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