John Deere 260B Backhoe for 1-Series Tractors

John Deere Introduces Improved Backhoe and Loader for Compact Utility Tractors

New 260B Backhoe and 120R Loader increase operator productivity

CARY, N.C. (June 16, 2017) 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.
 John Deere 260B Backhoe
“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.

To learn more about the 260B Backhoe and 120R Loader, as well as the full lineups of John Deere compact utility tractors and compatible implements, visit your local John Deere dealer or


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  2. Tim, Have you ever tried to lift the 260 backhoe with pallet forks on the front of your 1025

    • Yes, I have done that. I dismounted the backhoe on a pallet, then lifted the pallet with the loader forks.
      No problem!

  3. Having a new 1025r with a backhoe being delivered today in about one hour. I have watched a lot of videos and enjoy your channel. I have learned a lot.
    I have 6 acres and this will fit my need as I see now.

  4. I’ve done it with mine. I now have two pallets with wheels to just push mine into the barn

  5. Hi Tim, when I bought my 1025R my plan was to come back later for the backhoe. Thought next spring id get it after paying off some other bills. I wonder that since my tractor was built prior to July 2017 and newer backhoe wasnt gonna work would they still produce the older model that would work? Other thought just had now if I remember to ask next time im at the dealer if there would be a kit or something that would allow a pre July 2017 tractor to use newer backhoe.thougyt id ask if you heard anything.

  6. Just purchased a 1025r with the new backhoe. Waiting on delivery later this week. I will say they have improved the backhoe from the hose routing it is not under foot anymore and the little I played with it at the dealer the backhoe operates very smoothly.

    • sounds good. We’ve seen one, but we have not been able to operate one. We saw at the Farm Progress Show (you’ve likely seen the video).

  7. Hello Tim,
    Really like your video’s! I just bought a 1025r with the 120r loader and 260b backhoe.
    Have a question for you, i noticed you have both the front and rear ROPS axillary lights mounted on your unit. I want to do this as well, but the dealer is saying they are not compatible, only one or the other. Quite happy to see you have both!! Did you run these on a separate switch, or how did you setup?
    Thanks in advance for your help!

    • I do not exactly know how they are mounted. I saw on the ‘build your own’ tool that they weren’t compatible.
      Then, I asked my dealer for both, and he said “no problem, we do that all the time”.
      It runs off the same switch. I suppose I should try to figure out how they are wired.

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