Choosing the right equipment for the job is key to a successful project. Whether you are looking to buy or rent earthmoving equipment, this blog will help you make the best decision for your application. Our equipment experts have put together some helpful guidance on the differences between backhoes and excavators and explain what types of projects each piece of equipment is best suited to.
Backhoe vs. Excavator
Both a backhoe and an excavator are in the category of digging machinery, but they have a few key differences. Let’s go over those unique characteristics and why they matter.
An excavator is capable of 360-degree rotation with the ability to turn the entire machine over the tracks. A backhoe can only move the loader arm approximately 200 degrees. The increased rotational range on an excavator makes life easier on the operator and saves time because there is less need to reposition the equipment throughout the day.
While there are large heavy-duty backhoe models and very small mini excavator models, generally speaking, excavators are typically larger and heavier than backhoes. For industrial or large-scale applications, we recommend opting for an excavator. Whether you are doing demolition, mining, or other heavy-duty construction work, an excavator will power through the most demanding conditions.
Because it is a wheeled machine, a backhoe is a more mobile option. They are smaller in size and can drive up to 25 miles per hour on public roads making transportation easier if you need to move the equipment between job sites.
Hopefully, this information has helped make the choice between backhoe and excavator clearer. If you still have questions, need to schedule a rental, or would like a quote on a backhoe or excavator for sale, reach out to the equipment experts at your local Papé Machinery Construction & Forestry location today.