John Deere introduces improved backhoe and loader for compact utility tractors
John Deere continues to evolve its expansive line of compact utility tractor implements with two additions, the 260B Backhoe and 120R Loader. Building upon previous models, the new implement offerings feature improvements that offer operators the power and productivity needed to get a variety of jobs done.
“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 dedicated high-back seat, opposed to the swivel tractor 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.
Boasting 754-pound lift capacity and 72-inch lift height, the 120R Loader provides operators with a powerful tool for a variety of tasks. Compatible with the John Deere 1023E and 1025R compact utility tractor models, the 120R can tackle everything from moving dirt to carrying heavy materials like gravel. The 120R is 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 a more robust knee joint for improved durability. Additionally, end-of-pin lubrication on cylinder and pivot pins allow for easy access to servicing grease points.