Problem: I have a 1988 Cat 426 4x4 backhoe (extendahoe) which happens to be
on the top of a mountain (well, largeish hill) because part of my road has
collapsed. It is beyond the scope of anything practical to repair the
collapse, and anyway I wish to sell the land. I would like to get the
backhoe off the mountain, but I am not sure how to get around this collapsed
area. The road was steep before the collapse (25% grade) and I was probably
stupid to drive the backhoe up there anyway, but oh well. The part of the
road that collapsed was the switchback, so there might be some possibility
of coming down the slope from the upper road above the switchback to the
lower road below the switchback. This slop is probably 30 to 40% grade
though. Any ideas at all? Rent a hydraulic winch to attach to the boom?
(it is plumbed for attachments). Hire a helicopter? I see them carrying
several large trees at a time when they are doing selective logging, but no
idea if they can lift a 16,000 lb backhoe, or how expensive that would be.