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Although a backhoe looks like an excavator, they are in fact different. They differ in size, use and rotation. These differences makes each suitable for different jobs.

A backhoe is useful for digging and excavation projects. It is multi-purpose, available in mini, standard and large sizes.

The digging bucket is located on the backside of the cab with a bucket or other attachment on the front. The bucket looks like a farmer’s hoe hence its name.

The backhoe can have different attachments fitted with it. This allows the machine to be used for other things depending on the hydraulic power attachments.

The most common types of attachments are the breakers and hammers. They are used to break up rocky soils, asphalts and concrete. The tiger tooth attachment breaks through frost or harder soil which makes the backhoe versatile construction equipment.

Other popular attachments include:

  • Bucket with thumbs
  • Couplers
  • Rippers
  • Hammers
  • Compactors
  • Broom and street sweepers
  • Augers
  • Snowploughs and snow pushes
  • Rakes