The hydraulics were starting to seep and outriggers wouldn't hold when the trenching was done on a friends house. I found if the bucket was planted and wheels blocked, it was stable enough to dig. The biggest challenge is to make sure no side-loads are put on the hoe. The PO had abused the poor thing where all the joints were worn or cracked from overworking the rig. If you look at my Refurb thread you will see the complete disassembly and rebuild of the BH.Do you not put your hoe feet down when digging? How much does it moving you around on the tractor.
Like others - I saw it as a rescue mission. It wasn't so far gone it couldn't be resurrected with a lot of labor. I do it as a hobby (and needed the tractor to work on my property) so it was a no-brainer for me to buy. Paid $4,200.