Backhoe construction equipment, also sometimes referred to as a loader, is a heavy piece of equipment that basically consists of a tractor that is outfitted with a bucket or shovel on the front and a backhoe on the back. Although it is hard to imagine how we got along without them for so long, they were actually only first invented in the 1950s. Because they can be used in so many different types of projects they have become one of the most common machines used in excavation. In fact, when outfitted with the correct backhoe excavator attachments their usability can even be expanded.
Certain backhoe excavator attachments that are often used include: the grapple, auger, stump grinder, tiltrotator, and breaker. They typically replace the bucket when they are installed and allow the machine to perform different jobs when necessary. They are not difficult to attach thanks to new quick attach mounting systems so you can quickly change over to a new task with little effort. In some backhoe construction equipment even the front assembly is removable, but most of the time it will be mounted permanently.
The backhoe construction excavator is built with top heavy design, so they are subject to tipping. As a solution to this, most models nowadays use hydraulic outriggers on the rear of the machine in order to provide for additional stability when it is digging. However, this leads to decreased efficiency because it requires the bucket to be raised when the vehicle is changing positions. Fortunately, if efficiency is important for your operation, you can invest in a smaller excavator that uses tracks and offers maximum efficiency when digging.
Interestingly enough, because of the growing popularity of backhoe construction equipment, even private home owners have been investing in them. Some manufacturers such as Kubota have attempted to specialize in this area by offering subcompact tractors that are only a step above a lawn tractor. This allows homeowners with relatively large yards to engage in their own excavating projects whether it be digging a hole for a swimming pool or leveling out uneven terrain.
There are many benefits to owning a backhoe construction excavator for both businesses as well as individuals. Even if you have been putting it off due to the cost, you may want to reconsider since they have been able to lower the price in recent years, especially for the smaller, compact models. You can even purchase backhoes that can be towed behind a truck or tractor so you can save a lot of money by not having to purchase a full unit that comes with a backhoe, tractor, and loader.
Backhoe construction equipment may be purchased either new or used from dealers all over the world. Before buying, it is recommended that you rent a few different models so you can find one that you are the most comfortable with.