Backhoes are versatile machines especially as they have two attachments. The backhoe is at the back of the machine and a loader is at the front. If you think that you will use a backhoe regularly, it is well worth investing in one, They have a wide variety of uses such as digging up and moving trees, moving heavy loads like boulders and gravel, paving and breaking up pavements, digging ponds and trenches, and they can even be used for a small demolition project. Many brands sell backhoes so you won’t have a problem finding one to suit your needs.
This is the million-dollar question. To answer it, you need to take a look at your requirements. Will you be using a backhoe loader regularly or will you just be using it now and then? If you think that you will need it for multiple projects, it makes sense to buy one. It is a good investment, especially if there is a range of other attachments on offer that will enable you to complete a multitude of tasks. However, if you think that you will only use it intermittently, it is more cost-effective to rent one. If you already have a loader there is the option of buying a backhoe attachment which will be less expensive.
One of the first things to take into consideration is the digging depth of the backhoe. You will want to be able to go as deep as you need for your projects. Compact backhoes can dig between 6 to 8 feet down while larger models can dig 14 feet down. The next thing to think about is the size of the bucket. If you think you will be transporting large loads, you will need a larger bucket. The size of the loads buckets can lift vary between 5500 and 8200 pounds and they vary in size ranging from 12 to 36 inches. Horsepower is also important as you will need to decide how powerful an engine you will need for the tasks you want to complete. If you are going to transport your machine to different sites, it is important to have the right size trailer. If you haven’t, it will be an extra cost to buy a bigger one. Make sure that the cab is comfortable for the operator. It should be roomy and have air conditioning and heating. Operator comfort leads to increased productivity.
If you are buying a second-hand machine, check for loose connections in the boom, stick, and bucket as well as cracks in the connection points. Make sure that there are no dents in the undercarriage as this could be a sign of internal damage.