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What is a backhoe?
The backhoe is a type of earthmoving equipment similar to an excavator. It features a digging bucket at the end of a two-part articulated arm which is mounted on the back of a front loader or tractor. The backhoe got its name not from the location of the digger, but from the action of the digger. Backhoes dig by drawing the earth backwards rather than with a forward motion like a shovel.
What can a backhoe do?
A backhoe is a versatile piece of heavy equipment because it has both a digging arm and a loader – it’s like a combination of an excavator and a wheel loader. Backhoes can be utilised on different jobs, including (but not limited to):
What to consider before hiring a backhoe?
Backhoes can function in two ways - as a digger and as a loader. Since the digger arm of a backhoe can feature different attachments just like an excavator, make sure that you specify the exact function of a backhoe on your job site so that the correct attachment can be added to your hire equipment for added versatility.
The cost of hiring a backhoe will depend on the duration of the hire and if an operator is needed.
If you are looking to hire a backhoe and would like some advice on which one to hire for your project, you can reach out to our equipment hire experts on 1300 550 434 or by getting backhoe hire quotes online from local vendors with Felix Vendor Marketplace.