A backhoe—also called rear actor or back actor—is a type of excavating equipment, or digger, consisting of a digging bucket on the end of a two-part articulated arm. It is typically mounted on the back of a tractor or front loader, the latter forming a “backhoe loader“. A backhoe digs by drawing earth backwards.
A tractor-loader backhoe is a tractor-like vehicle with a backhoe at the rear, a front loader on the other and a swiveling seat to position the operator facing whichever direction is needed at the time.
Sometimes a backhoe arm is used as a crane, by slinging the lifted object from the support linkages behind the scoop The backhoe has often been referred to as the swiss army knife of the construction site. It can do a little bit of everything. The mini excavator may only be fitted with a single-arm, but the variety of attachments gives it a level of diversity that makes it very handy, too.
A backhoe is beneficial for those projects where you don’t do enough digging for an excavator to be worth it, but the digging arm on a backhoe is a bonus to the other capabilities of the machine.
What type of project or site will the machine be working on?
For some specific projects or uses, the large wheels and weight of a backhoe may be a better fit. In farming, for example, backhoes are often seen as a more useful machine than a mini excavator. However, for small demo projects, working in residential areas, or completing shallow groundwork a mini excavator would be a much better fit.
Whatever your project or familiarity with either a backhoe or a mini excavator, this machine is better than the other.