Backhoes for Construction, Excavation, and Transportation Projects
A new or used backhoe is capable of performing many different support roles in various construction, landscaping, and earthmoving projects. The appeal of these compact machines lies within their heavy punch and practical design, which features a versatile loader in the front and a powerful backhoe in the rear. From Case to John Deere backhoes for sale, we list a huge selection of new and used backhoes that can dig, demolish, excavate, lift, haul, and backfill your next project to a successful completion.
Choosing a Backhoe Loader (Case and John Deere Backhoes for Sale)
Deciding on a backhoe loader largely depends on the size of the task at-hand. While backhoes can easily perform smaller jobs, it is sometimes more cost-efficient to use smaller equipment such as mini-excavators and skidders. At the same time, as powerful as they are, backhoes are still fairly small and should only be used for medium-sized jobs.
Backhoe loaders especially excel at digging ditches. In many instances, a ditch that’s 5 feet deep and 10 feet long can be achieved in less than 15 minutes. As for the loader, you usually have two choices:
- Single Tilt – A single central ram dumps the bucket and retracts to pull the bucket back into place (cheaper, less efficient).
- Parallel Lift – Three rams lift the arm and the bucket so that the bucket stays in place while rising (for an improved lifting performance).
John Deere backhoes for sale, and most other brands, will usually have stabilizer legs made of rubber (for asphalt) or grouser (for dirt). These legs give you extra traction and keep you from rolling over while lifting materials. They also spare your tires from the added weight while lifting. However, using grouser shoes on pavement will tear it up, so don’t use it on the wrong surface.