Great question. Nah.....more operator inexperience then equipment capability. The backhoe has the power to lift the entire machine, but I just didn't feel I have the "touch" with controls to pull off such a maneuver, so old school with MaxTrax.Just curious. Were the hydraulics hinky on the backhoe?
I have had similar stuck situations in the 2wd Cat 416b when working in the creek and ended up down to the frame in loose gravel and running water but have always been able to get myself out using the hoe, stabilizer legs, and the front loader. I thought I was going to die in a rollover once or twice but crabwalking the hoe end got me to Terra firma.