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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

      • I posted in some of the YouTube videos that I was able to get a 260 backhoe still for my 1025R. With asking questions I sent an email to John Deere asking the same questions. They said the 260 backhoe would still be produced for older tractors. What I’m not sure of is if after a certain date if they would stop making them or not.
        I’m happy I got my backhoe now waiting on the frost to be out of the ground to do any digging. For fun I used it on some snow piles. Get a new toy gotta play with it.

    • No it is not. I bought mine in September, but mine was built in march so the frame has different alignments so I’m stuck with the older version.

  3. 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).

  4. 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.

  5. Hey Tim,

    been watching your channel for about a month and finally you convinced me to pull the pin and purchase a brand new JD 1025R with FEL, 260B, 54″ snow plow, and power broom…..

    thanks for all the informational videos as well…

  6. Hello Tim, I recently bought a 2018 1025r. So far I love it.
    I also bought a 60″ finishing mower.
    One question. When I try to remove a small root with the back hoe. It doesn’t even want to try. Could I have a pressure problem with the hoe?
    Thanks much.

    • probably no problem with the backhoe. It takes some learning to be able to use it effectively. It doesn’t have much brute strength. however, that doesn’t mean it won’t do the job. You just have to learn the optimal way to use it.
      Hard to provide such advice in textual form here. Perhaps watching some of our backhoe videos will help.
      For example: the bucket curl has the most strength. Try prying with the bucket.
      Also, if you can’t break the root, move outward from the tree…where the root gets smaller. You will eventually be able to break it. …then move back toward the tree.
      Don’t be in a hurry, but DO have determination. Don’t give up.

      I hope this helps.

  7. Hi Tim,
    I just pulled the trigger on a new 1025r and decided to skip the backhoe for the time being. I watched many of your videos and it seemed like, unless I had a specific/frequent need for a very small hoe, it would be undersized for most jobs. The loader seemed like a no-brainer, comparatively. Am I missing something? I really appreciate all of your info/videos – you made my buying decision much easier. All the best!

  8. Hi Tim ,
    I too, have been watching your videos for a while and really enjoy them. I was looking at the kubota bx series, but after seeing you and (JOHNNY) work I bought a 2018 1025r with loader, really wished my finance dept. (wife) would have approved the backhoe also, maybe in time ” christmas is coming” Anyway just wanted to say thanks for all the information , Great videos, sorry to hear about your Dad,s stroke
    Got you guys in our prayers

  9. Always have a time reconnecting the 260B backhoe after not used for some time. Of course the hydraulics allow it to sag. Normally, I can overcome that by lifting with the stabilizers. But this time the blocks sank some into the ground where I had it stored for a couple of weeks and when I tried to use the stabilizers to lift it, the point of articulation (boom) had caused the control deck to sag almost parallel with the boom, thus causing the BH seat to contact the control levers. So when I fully lowered the stabilizers the boom was still too low to allow the pins to line up without mashing the seatback into the rear of the tractor and preventing the controls sticks from being able to move back for boom lift. So here I am with the tractor touching the seat back which was touching the boom sticks and the pins still not close enough to go into the notches on the tractor. In my humble opinion this is a major design flaw. This shouldn’t even be possible. I’m now going to have to go out tomorrow at first light and angle the tractor to the BH so I can connect the hydraulics so I can raise the boom enough to allow use of the stabilizers. The stabilizers are now sitting on such an angle to the ground that they are useless. In my humble opinion thee should always be enough space between the boom sticks and the seat back to move them at any angle. I consider this a design flaw on the newer design BH (260B) with it’s own seat. Somebody overlooked this as a possibility when setting for a spell. I’m very frustrated. I’m 70 and not as mobile as I used to be so this is a real buzz kill. And believe me I’ve had the BH on and off quite a few times over the year plus that I’ve owned this thing. I thought about taking the seat off to reconnect the BH. Hope I don’t have to do that. JOHN DEERE WHERE IS YOUR THINKING CAP???

  10. Tim, Ive been watching your videos and find them very informative. I have the 1025R w/ loader .54” mm and 260B backhoe. I only have about 85 hrs total on the tractor. The bracket that the backhoe seat mounts to had bent making it hard for the seat to remain in the (horizontal) position unless I’m actually sitting on it. It hits where it pivots as you lower the seat from vertical position to horizontal making it feel like its spring loaded. My dealer replaced the bracket under warranty at about 70 hrs and now the replacement is already bending! I’m pretty easy on my tractor and weigh about 170 lbs .
    I watch you operating the backhoe a lot and was wondering if you’re having this issue since you appear to weigh slightly more than me
    Thanks for any information you might have.

    • Hi Sonny. I recently bought a new 1025R with the 120B, 60B and the 260B. I have the same problem that you have. It’s driving me insane. Whoever the tinker toy engineer was that came up with this flimsy design needs to be taken around behind the shed. The dealer says they can’t do anything out of the realm of the original design so I’ve been trying to think of ways to beef up or change the mount design. The main reason it’s flimsy is that they thought they needed to put a plastic tube in the mount that holds a rolled up copy of the 260B owner’s manual. Who the H needs to looks at the manual while operating? If they do, they need to go back to the house. Were you ever able to remedy this?

      • Mine is bending where it bolts to the backhoe. It bent downward slightly at the bottom plate with two bolts. There are two gussets welded under that plate. That slight bend causes the area above where the seat pivots to hit when i fold the seat down to operate the backhoe. I’m thinking I may need to replace that lower plate with a thicker material.

        • Thanks for chiming in, Sonny. Yes, I’m going to do the same thing, just haven’t got to it yet. In studying this thing, I noticed that the vertical mounting bracket in front of and holding up the seat needs to be moved forward an inch. That would then let the hinge properly set the metal plate down into the indentation.

  11. Great Video! I noticed that on your Rops you have straps protecting your lights. Something you added or just a different Rops then I have on my 2019 1025r?

  12. Tim, my new 1025r TLB was delivered Last week. I got the factory thumb. Info and photos seem almost non-existent on-line. Mine was the first time I’ve seen one (other than on a 3-Series). Ever consider reviewing a mechanical thumb? It is a really nice piece. Thanks so much for all your content! I purchased JD with confidence after two years of contemplating and watching you guys

  13. Hi Tim. I recently bought a new 1025R with the 120B, 60B and the 260B. I have the same problem that Sonny does who posted above and it’s driving me insane. Whoever the tinker toy engineer was that came up with this flimsy design needs to be taken around behind the shed. The dealer says they can’t do anything out of the realm of the original design so I’ve been trying to think of ways to beef up or change the mount design. The main reason it’s flimsy is that they thought they needed to put a plastic tube in the mount that holds a rolled up copy of the 260B owner’s manual. Who the H needs to looks at the manual while operating? If they do, they need to go back to the house. Know anyone who’s been able to remedy this?

  14. Hi Tim I just wanted to share a Tip with You. I bought a pair of single bolt round mirrors at Pep boys for 20 bucks. They bolt right in the pre drilled hole on the loader facing the operator seat. Once you have them you will never want to go without them, and they stay with the loader when you take it off. Thanks love the videos, and I have purchased a few of your recommendations too.

  15. Love you vids and little bible stuff. Any chance of showing how to grease a 260b backhoe? Esp the zerk on the end of the ram for the swing? Do you have to remove the bh to do this?

  16. Hello everyone, just picked up the 1025r with artic cab, and loader. Awesome but discovered very tippy with heated cab. Am just learning I need ballast weight in the rear as I did not get the 206b back hoe. Got snow blower instead. Anyone else have this issue

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