Backhoe Loaders are the workhorses in the construction industry. These machines are designed to quickly perform tasks of various sizes and shapes with ease, providing more opportunities for productivity while requiring less manpower. As a result, Backhoe loaders have found their place not just in major infrastructure projects but also on smaller contracting jobs that require heavy machinery at low costs. Over time, many new models have been released with increasingly efficient features allowing for lower costs over time even as prices increase on some models.
Parts of a Backhoe Loader
The backhoe loader is composed of two major types of parts. The first part is the controls, allowing for the machine to be operated by one or more individuals depending on its configuration. Control configurations can range from basic joysticks to newer thumb-controlled joysticks which allow for precise maneuvers even when working with gloves on . The different control components are explained in detail later in this article.
The second part consists of the attachments , which is covered next. Attachments are special tools that are attached onto the loader arms to help with tasks such as digging, trenching and loading/unloading material . When digging, they usually attach a bucket which has holes in it for a smoother, more efficient operation. For larger, tougher tasks such as trenching or loading large objects, they can also attach a grapple bucket which has four digger claws on it to help pick up and hold on to gravel, dirt and other materials . In addition, there are other attachments available for different purposes such as crane arms , augers and compactors. Attachments not only make the backhoe loader more adaptable but also increase productivity by providing many use cases with one machine thus reducing costs. However, this is where things get complicated since not all backhoe loaders come with compatible attachments meaning that these machines may be unable to perform certain tasks without additional purchases. If you’re looking into buying a backhoe loader then you should definitely think about what attachments you’ll be needing to purchase.
Compact and Mini Backhoe Loaders Compact and mini backhoe loaders are the smallest types available and range from around 1m3 (cubic yard) to 1.5m3 (cubic yards) in size . As their names suggest, they’re small enough to fit on sites with lots of space constraints such as those encountered for small contracting jobs or residential work. However, one must keep in mind that these machines don’t come with the digging force required for larger tasks such as grading or loading heavy objects so it may not be wise to buy a compact/mini machine if you intend it for large-scale projects If your needs require a machine with a small footprint at low costs, then compact/mini backhoe loaders are an excellent choice.
Compact Loader Operator Station
As mentioned before, control configurations vary depending on the model and brand of the loader. Most configurations include two joysticks, one for controlling digging force to lift up the bucket while another changes where you want to dig in. On some other models, they come with thumb controls instead of joysticks which allows for more precise control . These may be preferable but also tend to cost more than standard joystick configurations so it’s best to check your budget first if you need them. The next thing you may notice is that there are no levers or foot pedals involved when operating these machines which adds to their ease-of-use. In some configurations, there are levers on the shovel which allow for more digging force as well as foot pedals which control the pitch of the bucket (i.e. tipping it forwards or backwards). Compact loader operator controls include two joysticks, not levers or foot pedals.
Compact Loader Arm Controls
Since compact loaders are designed to work in confined spaces with compact machinery around them, they sometimes come with small arm designs so that they don’t take up too much space when rotating them to maneuver at small places. This design may also make them unsuitable for large tasks such as grading since larger arms tend to hold more material before getting full and thus could be better suited for heavier objects. Additionally, you’ll often find smaller arm sizes on compact loaders which may result in less stability and more difficult operation . If you’re looking into doing larger grading tasks such as landscaping then you may want to check out some alternatives.
Compact Loader Hydraulics
Now that we’ve gone over the arm design, let’s talk about hydraulic system configurations on compact backhoe loaders since they vary depending on the model and brand of the loader. On most machines (depending on size), there will be two hydraulically-controlled arms; one for lifting and another for rotating/digging while a few more expensive models offer either four arms or more sophisticated controls with joysticks instead. The type of configuration you’ll need depends entirely on your needs so it would be wise to check out your projected tasks with the machine before making a purchase. One thing I should mention is that smaller machines usually come with lower flow rates on their hydraulic pumps which means they may not be able to perform larger tasks such as grading or loading heavy objects
Loader Tipping/Oscillation Function
Most compact loaders come with the ability to oscillate and tip over in order to move around at small spaces. However, one must keep in mind that most models only offer limited movement of about 90 degrees which might prove insufficient for some projects . If you’re looking into ever needing to do more than just dig then you probably will need another type of equipment instead. Some more expensive models may come with full 360 degree oscillating/tilting capabilities but this is mostly found in mid-range to large loaders.
Loader Operating Costs/Maintenance
Since compact loaders are smaller and thus have lower horsepower, they also tend to cost less on the operating end. In fact, most of them can be used for a full day with only one tank of diesel which often costs less than gasoline Furthermore, smaller models also mean that there’s less that could go wrong or break down. Compact loader operating costs depend entirely on the model and brand of the loader you purchase so it would be wise to check out your budget beforehand especially if you’re going to be using it a lot for larger projects.
Where to Rent a Backhoe Loader
Before making a purchase, it would be wise to consider renting the machine first instead of purchasing so you can see if it’s worth using before spending money on something that may not suit your needs. If you’re looking into doing smaller jobs around your property instead of larger grading projects then you should be fine with one of the compact loaders that are designed for this type of work. These machines can also be used for other purposes such as digging post holes, lifting small objects out of hard-to-reach places and more. For all your backhoe rental needs, please give us a call at (603) 926-2211 or contact us here for more information.