Afghan Backhoe? well not really

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Project by hunter71 posted 03-03-2012 01:21 PM 3749 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It may not be an Afghan Backhoe,[no such thing] but it is copied after the one our son Matt is operating in Kabul right now. Loosely copied after a Case, or maybe a JCB, I used reference from both from the internet and actual measurements and pictures taken on site. I had made the wheels for another project when I was home at Christmas, but they worked good here also. The majority of the backhoe was built in my hooch in Kabul, Afghanistan. Every part moves as it should, even the back hoe slides in it’s track. Cherry and Walnut make up the materials used and a few dowel rods. All the wood was pre-planned and shipped from my shop earlier. Oh, yea, the grill is a piece of grill scrubber I found in the trash. #6 picture is from my reference file. My little construction fleet is growing.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#1 posted 03-03-2012 01:33 PM

WOW!!! I love your work! Very very nice! I’m amazed once again!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 03-03-2012 01:36 PM

that looks better than the real one!

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#3 posted 03-03-2012 01:49 PM

Looks fantastic!!! Nice job.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 03-03-2012 03:28 PM

Amazing detail. Looks great!!

-- - Martin

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#5 posted 03-03-2012 03:43 PM

I’d like ta be a kid again receiving a gift like this… another awesome build

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 03-03-2012 03:47 PM

That’s freaking AWESOME! Your detail work is incredible, I am not even going to attempt something like that, maybe when I retire.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#7 posted 03-03-2012 05:31 PM

Spectacular, just love it

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 03-03-2012 09:20 PM

That is some fancy machine.

You did an excellent job on it.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 03-04-2012 03:35 AM

Very nice! From your post it sounds like you and your son are in Kabul right now…must be nice to be there with your son, but difficult on the rest of your family!! Keep safe!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#10 posted 03-04-2012 02:23 PM

No back hoe ever looked that good!!!! Your model trucks and tractors are

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#11 posted 03-17-2012 11:28 AM

Awesome build. Love wood color choices.


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#12 posted 03-17-2012 12:37 PM

I’m really impressed with the detail in the model…lots of small parts and most seem hand crafted. How do you cut the thread for the tires?


-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#13 posted 05-15-2012 11:09 AM

Wow, that is an amazing piece! Great detail!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 10-04-2012 11:31 AM

you did a great job on the backhoe great wood choice and great detail

-- robert dignam

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#15 posted 10-04-2012 11:45 AM

Nice Backhoe

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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