Afghan Backhoe? well not really

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Project by hunter71 posted 861 days ago 1945 views 1 time 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 861 days ago

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

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

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#2 posted 861 days ago

that looks better than the real one!

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#3 posted 861 days ago

Looks fantastic!!! Nice job.

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

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#4 posted 861 days ago

Amazing detail. Looks great!!

-- - Martin

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#5 posted 861 days ago

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

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 861 days ago

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 861 days ago

Spectacular, just love it

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 860 days ago

That is some fancy machine.

You did an excellent job on it.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 860 days ago

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 860 days ago

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

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#11 posted 847 days ago

Awesome build. Love wood color choices.


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#12 posted 847 days ago

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 788 days ago

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 646 days ago

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

-- robert dignam

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#15 posted 646 days ago

Nice Backhoe

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