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All cylinders on the 260B Backhoe are fully serviceable; should there be any problems, the cylinders can be taken apart and rebuilt without having to replace the whole cylinder. This saves the operator money should they damage a cylinder through improper removal of concrete, rocks, or tree roots. The boom and dipper cylinders are equipped with circuit relief to protect the cylinder rods during these high-stress activities.
The internal seals on these cylinders are the same high-quality, durable seals that are used on some of the larger backhoes available from John Deere.
The boom cylinder on the 260B Backhoe is designed with an internal cushion to ensure the cylinder does not come to an abrupt stop at the end of the stroke. This feature is appreciated by novice operators learning to use their backhoe or for the experienced when working in and around delicate surroundings, such as a fence or landscaping.
The 260B Backhoe uses two different pins for locking out the swing frame and boom for safe transportation or storage. These pins can be quickly removed and stored in the operator platform so they are not accidentally misplaced while using the backhoe.
The 260B Backhoe has a ramp angle of 20 degrees, which allows for easy transportation on most trailers. This level of ramp angle also makes for better maneuverability across land that is uneven such as a ditch or trench.
Note the line that moves up from the low point of the boom and how it is in line with the bucket when in the storage position. Compared to the competitive units that are in the marketplace, the transport configuration of the 260B Backhoe allows the backhoe to not have to move when going through a ditch or other uneven terrain.
The 260B Backhoe is fully mid-mower deck compatible. The sub-frame for the backhoe will not interfere with the mower or mower deck linkage, regardless of which mower deck lift system is used.
This feature keeps operators more productive as the mid-mower deck does not have to be removed in order to go out and do backhoe work. It is not recommended to use the mower deck with the backhoe installed due to the extra ground compaction and length of the tractor.
The mechanical mower lift linkage will allow the mower to be raised and lowered with the 3-point hitch removed and the 260B Backhoe attached.
The following optional kits are available for the 260B Backhoe to enhance performance:
The 260B Backhoe was designed to have best-in-class features and also be price competitive with the various backhoes in its class in the marketplace. Competitive units were tested and benchmarked to ensure that John Deere provided the right product at the right price. The following features are a high-level overview of the features that are discussed throughout this sales manual:
The 260B Backhoe is designed so the backhoe can be removed in under 5 minutes with no tools needed (once initially installed). Instructions are also conveniently placed on the rear of the backhoe to assist with installing and removing the backhoe. The instructions below are an abbreviated version of what can be found in the operator's manual for installation and removal.
NOTE: The instructions below are for reference only and should not be used for actual installing and removing the backhoe. The operator's manual gives a more complete and proper set of instructions.
Removal of the 3-point hitch components is required for the 260B Backhoe installation. For the 1 Family Tractors, the entire 3-point hitch is easily removed. No special tools or adjustments are needed.
The boom and dipper are designed with the strength to handle all the necessary loads this backhoe can generate. The boom, dipper, and bucket cylinders are run externally on the 260B Backhoe. This provides easy access for servicing and maintenance.
The fully enclosed boom on the 260B Backhoe measures a full 16.5 cm (6.5 in.) at the base and the dipper stick measures 13.9 cm (5.5 in.) at its widest point. These components are larger than competitive backhoes, which gives the 260B Backhoe a more durable structure and a bigger, heavy-duty appearance.
The 260B Backhoe was designed with a continuous boom structure rather than a multiple-piece boom that is welded together with side plates some competitors use. This continuous boom provides a more rigid, stronger structure with less weld points that could potentially fail.
The 260B Backhoe has been designed with maximum operator comfort in mind. The features listed below will keep the operator comfortable all day long when working on various projects.