In the market for a backhoe for your next digging or excavation project? Whether you’re breaking up asphalt or digging a trench, a good backhoe goes a long way for your construction and landscaping projects. Combining an excavator boom and a bucket loader, backhoe loaders can save you time and energy on even the most labor-intensive projects.
What kind of considerations do you need to make before investing in a backhoe? First, you’ll need to get specific about the type of projects you’ll be using your backhoe for. You never want to overload your equipment and exceed weight requirements, but you also don’t want to invest in more horsepower than you really need, driving up fuel costs. We want you to get the best backhoe for your money; let’s take a look at all you need to consider when investing in your next backhoe loader.
New or Used?
Any time you’re buying used equipment, you want to rely on an expert to ensure the equipment you’re getting is still functional and will continue running in tip-top shape. Used equipment can be great when wanting to lower upfront costs, but you don’t want to get in trouble down the line and have to pay for major repairs. Examine used equipment carefully and always consult a trusted expert when in doubt.
When performing an inspection on a used backhoe loader, be sure to:
- Check the tires. Backhoe loaders carry a lot of weight, so you want to be sure your equipment’s tires can handle the load. Check the sidewall of the tire for any cuts and be sure you’re not going to lose tire pressure fast.
- Inspect the frame. Backhoe loaders undergo a lot of stress, sure, so with used equipment, some minor nicks and dings are to be expected. However, you want to be sure the backhoe was treated well by its previous owner; otherwise, you’re going to be the one dealing with the aftereffects. Check for welds and cracks.
- Check fluid levels. Ensure the hydraulic system is in good condition, and examine equipment for any possible leaks.
- How does it run? Check the engine, see how the boom moves, and check the controls.
If you’re not an equipment specialist, be sure to consult with an expert. Again, used equipment can be cheaper upfront, but you also want a loader that’s still built to last--especially since used equipment doesn’t usually come with the luxury of part warranties. If you’re buying equipment from Papé Machinery Construction & Forestry, our service team of experts can help you run these maintenance checks and walk you through the process so you can feel at ease about the quality of your investment.
Features & Specs to Consider
What kind of projects will be using this for? Make sure that your backhoe can powerfully tackle your tasks. Generally, you’ll want to go for the model that has the most power and efficiency possible, while still compact enough to be able to maneuver through tight spaces. To determine the right model for your needs, take a look at the:
· Digging depth. How deep will you be digging? Depending on your tasks, you may be fine with a standard boom, but an extended dipper can add 3 to 4 feet to your reach if you need to dig deeper.
· Bucket capacity. Determine what kinds of materials you’ll be loading and how much. Be sure to match your bucket capacity with your project type.
· Operating weight. Much like bucket capacity, you’ll never want to exceed the maximum operating weight for your equipment, so you’ll need to get specific about what type of excavation projects you’ll be using your backhoe for. If you’re using the equipment for odd jobs here and there, you may be able to get away with something more compact, with a lower maximum weight. But if you’re working in rough terrain or tough conditions, you’ll want to get a higher maximum capacity so you don’t overload your equipment.
· Horsepower. Higher horsepower isn’t always better, since the higher the horsepower, the more expensive it is to keep your equipment running. John Deere produces many different types of backhoes, with more compact, fuel-efficient models using lower hp. Determine how much weight you’ll be carrying and try to get the lowest hp possible for your tasks, ensuring you can still carry the weight you need while maximizing efficiency and getting the most bang for your buck.
Attachments to Maximize Your Purchase
Looking to add versatility and efficiency to your backhoe? Try adding attachments to boost your ROI. A few attachments to consider include:
- Grappler. Ideal for transporting irregularly shaped objects.
- Auger. Simplifies and makes light work of drilling holes.
- Hammer. Often used for demolition projects.
- Broom. Helpful for clearing away material.
Working with a Certified Dealer
Before buying any kind of equipment, new or used, be sure to consider where you’re buying it from. Decide what brand you’re going after and work with a certified dealer. As a certified John Deere dealer, here at Papé Machinery, we are happy to help you find the best backhoe for your money. If you want a quote on a backhoe for sale, reach out to the equipment experts at your local Papé Machinery Construction & Forestry location today.