Read on to learn about the backhoe makes and models sold in North America and find units for sale near you with this Backhoe Guide from FleetNow. Backhoes, also known as backhoe loaders, combine digging and moving in one machine. One side of a backhoe includes a loader bucket for pushing, lifting, and carrying materials. The other side is used for digging. Stabilizer legs reach onto the ground and provide support for the machine in unstable areas. Typically, backhoes have a rotating seat so the operator can face the loader or the controls for the machine.
The backhoe’s versatility and ability to include attachments make it a great piece of equipment for streamlining construction jobs. It helps companies avoid buying additional equipment, minimizes storage space, reduces maintenance requirements, and limits fuel usage. Being able to reduce the number of machines on a smaller job site can be essential for smooth production.
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The backhoe is interesting because it is a combination of a tractor, a loader, and a backhoe.
The tractor portion is the core structure of the backhoe. It is designed to move across all kinds of rough terrain with ease. The backhoes cab protects the operator while the machine is in motion.
The loader is a powerful scooper that can be used to pick up and carry large amounts of loose material. It can also smooth and push down dirt like a plow.
The backhoe is the main tool on the machine. It can dig into hard, compact earth and lift heavy piles. It lifts and transports the pile away from the newly made hole.
A few areas backhoes are good for:
Digging up trees
Breaking up pavement
Laying irrigation pipes
Lifting hay bales
How do backhoes work?
A backhoe includes a boom, stick, and bucket to operate the machine. The boom bends upward for easier digging if obstacles are in the way. It also allows extra space for the bucket when it’s full and curled inward.
The two stabilizer legs on a backhoe are just behind the rear wheels. These legs take on a majority of the weight when a backhoe is digging. Without the stabilizer legs, the weight of a heavy load or the downward force of digging into the ground would strain the wheels and tires, causing the machine to be off-balance and bouncy. The stabilizers keep the tractor steady and reduce jostling when digging with the backhoe. They also help the tractor from slipping into ditches or holes.
The stabilizer legs can be secured with a grouser shoe that digs into the dirt for a better grip. The shoe can be flipped over to its rubber-padded side to grip asphalt.
How many hours will a backhoe work?
After about 6,000 hours, 20 percent of engines in 14-foot to 15-foot backhoe loaders require a major repair or replacement. By the time they reach 8,500 hours, half of the components in a backhoe loader have reached their lifespan and may fail within 3,500 hours