View Full Version : Dynahoes?
08-23-2007, 06:24 PM
anyone ever use one, how are they. i've never seen one in person just always in the trader for sale. i would think by looking at them they seem bulky and not easy to see out of, o and who would what to listen to a detriot all day:beatsme
08-23-2007, 08:42 PM
I only ran one for a little bit in a yard when we were looking to buy. The 4 lever controls were not very difficult to pick up at all. Visibility was pretty poor like you imagine. The 4X4 model (identified by equal size tires) are rear steer and handle about as poorly as possible. The 2 wheel drive models were supposed to be be more like a typical backhoe to drive around, although they were slow.
Digging power is supposed to off the charts though. My dad told about the one his cousin had back in the 80's. He bought it used dirt cheap, because it was weak. They replaced a faulty hydraulic pump and it was the most beastly machine any of them had used at the time to dig with.
Apparently new machines were priced way out of the market and they never sold real well. I've never read about any known problems, actually the exact opposite. Dependability was one of the key features. They are probably great to use around the house, but would be too slow for commercial stuff.
The models that I know of are Model-A, 120, 140, 160, 190, 190B, 200, 290K, and 490K. The 200 was the biggest at 16ton. The 190's were between 8 and 10 tons depending on 2x4 or 4x4 and bucket sizes. The 290K and 490 were made in the 90's.
I think that's about all I remember.
08-23-2007, 08:56 PM
I've seen one for the first time just a week ago . It is beside the road close to my house. It looks to be in excellent shape , they are asking $18,000. I was kinda thinkin $5k. ;)
08-23-2007, 09:25 PM
there is one in the boston craigs list for like 9K i think.
They were nice machines very slow but powerful. our town had on they used to do all the water line intsalls with it when they installed them they are almost like an excavator with out the 360 deg rotation .
08-23-2007, 09:30 PM
a 16 ton backhoe:eek: those pics that i found were all 490s
i'd like to try one but i think the fun of it would wear off pretty quick. so is the four stick the same as a ford pattern? if its rear steering it must be really hard to turn when you have a full front bucket, like the old straight frame loaders:confused:
08-23-2007, 10:12 PM
Dynahoes were the machine to use in there day, even compared to a modern tlb there speed and power are good. They're just to big, loud and outdated to be useful in most areas now.
08-25-2007, 07:12 PM
con-ed in nyc use to have them i remeber as a kid they were scattered all over manhattan
There was one for sale over in North Conway, NH a few years ago. I looked it over and was impressed with how beefy it was built. Looked pretty clumsy though and I didn't realize it was rear wheel steer. I could only imagine what it had to sound like at full blat.
08-25-2007, 09:42 PM
very loud . you definatly could not sneek up on any one with it lol
08-29-2007, 01:53 PM
Thats what I started off with, that machine would push, dig and lift anything I put it up to. Although it was slow and loud. My first few water main jobs I used that to dig mainlines because my first excavator wasn't to reliable. If your using it around the yard its alright to have, but I'd suggest an old case over this just because a case is smaller and quieter.
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