Common Uses for Backhoes
Because of their relatively small size, backhoes are especially useful in construction and repair projects where the area may be too small for larger equipment. Many companies have found improved productivity and lower heavy equipment operating costs when using backhoes leading to their popularity in the construction industry.
Main Components for Backhoes
Manufacturers & ModelsWhen comparing manufacturers and models, the strength lies in its attachments and capabilities—how deep they dig, how wide the buckets are, the operating weight, and the emission rating.
It is important to understand the scope of the project, or future projects, and dig depth before investing in a backhoe. Models have a wide range of digging capabilities—between 7 feet and 60 feet—but the most popular models dig between 14 feet and 17 feet.
Based on a manufacturer or model, digging buckets range from 12 to 60 inches wide with carrying capacities from 250 to 670 lbs. The loader bucket, designed for loading and carrying. These buckets can range from 89 to 96 inches in width with carrying capacities of 780 to 1,470 lbs.
The operating weight for backhoes typically range from 13,000 to 24,000 lbs. and depends entirely on the scope of the project. The environment in which the machine will be operated is the determining factor in the weight of the backhoe.
Manufacturers are required to comply with federal and state emissions regulations that are currently in effect. To this end, it is important to make sure the backhoe conforms to these standards by providing an IC engine that follows the specific EPA laws.