Backhoe loaders are polyvalent heavy equipment which combines capacities of a loader and an excavator. They are equipped with front loader buckets and backhoes which allow them to carry out many kinds of works.
Generally mounted on wheels, backhoe loaders may have a rigid or articulated frame. The rigid backhoe loader is steadier and more powerful thanks to its drive wheels. The articulated backhoe loader is rarer but easier to handle. Compact backhoe loaders may also be used for lights works.
When the excavation equipment is working, the backhoe loader is at a standstill. The backhoe is composed of a boom, a sticker, a quick coupler and a dipper shovel. It allows the operator to dig in the ground. The bucket may be replaced by many other attachments: hydraulic breaker, auger, clamshell bucket, etc. At the front, the bucket loading is done while the machine moves forwards. To load, the backhoe loader may be equipped with an earthmoving or a 4 in 1 bucket. It may be replaced by pallet tines or snow blades according to the different work requirements.
Backhoe loaders have been invented in the 1950’s and mainly developed by JCB and by Case afterwards. Many technical achievements have empowered these machines.
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