Five Specifications You Need to Know When Selecting a Backhoe-Loader

For over 50 years, Art’s Truck and Equipment has served both national and international municipalities and construction companies with high-quality refurbished commercial and municipal work trucks and equipment at amazing prices.

Over the years, we’ve picked up an eye for choosing the right work truck and construction equipment for industry needs. Today, we’ll take a look at the five specifications you need to know when selecting a backhoe-loader.

5 Things to Look for When Choosing a Backhoe-Loader

1. Horsepower
While horsepower is generally marketed as the “end-all-be-all” specification you need to worry about when choosing a digger, that couldn’t be further from the truth. A good backhoe-loader only needs around 68 to 107 horsepower if it’s between 14 to 15 feet long.

Of course, the larger the model, the more horsepower you are going to need.

2. Rear Bucket Width
This is a very important specification that needs to be considered when choosing a backhoe-loader. If you have a rear bucket with a width on the small side — say 12 inches wide — it would have 2.5 cubic feet of space. That means it would have the ability to carry around 250 pounds of material.

Meanwhile, a 60-inch wide bucket has 20 cubic feet of space and can hold up to 670 pounds of material. It goes without saying that the width and space of your rear bucket should align with your project needs, as it will help your field team save time, money, and effort.

3. Max Digging Depth
A small backhoe-loader can dig around 7 to 10 feet down, whereas a full-size one can dig at least 14 feet down. Backhoe-loaders on the larger end can dig to around 60 feet.

While these are impressive numbers, selecting the right backhoe-loader for your fleet depends on the types of projects your team handles most frequently. You’ll want to take current projects and future prospects into consideration in order to make the most economical and effective decision.

4. Front Bucket Width
Your basic front bucket will have a width of around 89 to 96 inches. This heavy equipment machine can carry one to 1.75 cubic yards of materials that can weigh anywhere from 1,590 to 2,100 pounds.

Also worth mentioning is how important a multi-purpose bucket can be. The right attachments can be fitted on to a backhoe-loader for jobs like heavy-duty construction, demolition, tree removal, and the likes. Some of these multipurpose buckets are jaw-like and capable of moving nearly the same amount of weight as a regular front bucket.

Not only that, there are side dump buckets that have the ability to be emptied straight forward or to the left — a great advantage for workers in cramped spaces.

5. Operating Weight
Generally speaking, the lighter the operating weight rating, the less impact on the environment it will have. If that isn’t of a concern, a backhoe-loader with a heavier operating weight rating should do just fine.

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