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Caterpillar Backhoe Loader

Backhoe Loader

Cat® Backhoe Loaders provide superior digging, trenching, back-filling and material handling capability and can be used for many applications, including but not limited to General Construction, Demolitions and Excavations, Landscaping, Breaking Asphalt and Paving. Cat backhoes deliver the power and precise handling you need when operating in areas where using larger equipment is not practical. Because of their relatively small frame size and versatility our backhoe loaders improve construction productivity and lower your machine operating costs. Select a Cat Backhoe Loader to best meet your needs today.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Backhoes have been around more than 40 years, and they've gotten even more popular in the last decade. Caterpillar has been manufacturing Backhoes since 1985. The main reason we see Backhoes at work all the time is that digging and moving dirt is a big part of a lot of different projects. For example, you need to dig ditches to lay pipes and underground cable, set up foundations for buildings and create drainage systems. There are a number of tools that do this sort of work, often more efficiently than a Backhoe, but many construction crews use a Backhoe instead because of a number of factors.

For one thing, Backhoes are compact when compared to large, specialized equipment such as Excavators. They can move around all sorts of construction sites and you can take them on the road. Mini-loaders and Backhoe units are actually smaller than a typical Backhoe Loader, but if a contractor needs to dig and load, it's usually better to have both units in one. It saves a lot of time because the operator doesn't have to switch between two different pieces of equipment.

The Backhoe and Loader components don't have quite as much power as larger equipment, but they do very well, even with fairly difficult jobs.

A construction crew that does all sorts of different work will usually buy a Backhoe rather than more efficient specialized equipment because the Backhoe performs well in a wide variety of situations.

A backhoe loader is a unique machine because it is actually three pieces of construction equipment combined into one unit. A backhoe loader is:

  • A tractor
  • A loader
  • A backhoe

Each piece of equipment is suited to a particular sort of work. On a typical construction site, the backhoe operator usually uses all three components to get the job done.

Rental rates including fuel costs vary between Rs.600-800 per hour, but can be as high as Rs.1,200 per hour in the remote North-East and Himalayan regions. Rates are driven more by the fuel consumption of the machine and the type of strata at the site than by the horsepower of the machine. (source: OHR, Backhoe Loaders)

The popularity of the Backhoe Loader is due to its versatility, mobility, low ownership and operating costs, easy financing and excellent resale values, as well as the widespread availability of after sales support.

Specialist machines such as Mini and Midi Excavators, and telescopic handlers, though perhaps more efficient in some applications, are considerably more expensive to buy and maintain, and do not have the mobility offered by Backhoe Loaders.

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