The term backhoe describes general heavy excavation equipment, but the backhoe itself is an attachment. Also known as back actors and rear actors, backhoe attachments are jointed, two-part arms hinged to a digging bucket.
Tractor Loader Backhoes
A tractor loader backhoe (TLB) is a three-piece machine made of a tractor base, loader bucket at the front and backhoe attachment at the rear. These TLB machines are commonly used for small to mid-sized excavation jobs or carrying materials.
Typically, backhoes can rotate about 180 degrees and are independently operated from the front loaders, with a separate seat and control panel. The unit is easily maneuverable and equipped with stabilizers to greatly improve job-site safety.
TLBs are perfect for:
- Property improvements
- Clearing broken asphalt or concrete
- Snow removal
Excavator vs. Backhoe
An excavator is strictly a digging machine while a tractor loader backhoe also comes with a front loader bucket. Excavators have fewer adjustable parts but a full-range rotation, compared to the backhoe’s limited rotation.
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