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Forward Ho (Backhoe, that is)

By Larry Shield, LCN Regional editor






The John Deere 310G has excellent visibility, a spacious cab, a sloping hood that tilts forward, a fuel tank on the right side with other daily service points, and a swing frame to allow open access to the hydraulic valve and hoses.





The Case Construction Co. 580M Series 2 backhoe has variable controls in the fore/aft and lateral positions.


Manufacturer: Bobcat Co.
Model No.: B 250B Loader Backhoe
Size: 19' 2'' x 7'9'' x 5' 3''
Operating weight: 6,770 lbs.
Horsepower: 31.5 hp
Maximum digging depth: 10'6''
Maximum leader capacity: 2,265 lbs.
Warranty: 12 months
Price: $34,825
Special features: Compact machines with attachment capatability for the stud-steer loader line-up.

Manufacturer: John Deere
Model No.: 310G
Size: Height: 11' 3''; Length 23' 3''; Width 7' 2''
Operating weight: 12,800 lbs.
Horsepower: 74 hp
Maximum digging depth: 14' 3''
Maximum leader capacity:
Warranty: 12 months
Price: $62,972
Special features: Excellent visibility and spacious cab sloping hood that tilts forward, fuel tank on the right side with other daily service points and a swing frame to allow open access to the hydraulic valve and hoses.

Manufacturer: New Holland Construction
Model No.: LB 75.B Turbo
Size: 23'3'' x 9' 6'' x 15' 5''
Operating weight: 14,400 lbs.
Horsepower: 89
Maximum digging depth: 17'11''
Maximum leader capacity:
Warranty: 1 year/2,000 hours
Price: about $50,000
Special features: Infinitely adjustable pilot control towers to add comfort and ease of operation to backhoe work. All new turbo charged Tier II engines respect the environment while decreasing noise levels and increasing productivity.

Manufacturer: Kubota
Model No.: M6800 Tractor with M4711 backhoe
Operating weight: 7,350 lbs.
Horsepower: 68 hp
Maximum digging depth: 11'1''
Maximum leader capacity: 2,555 lbs. In bucket, 2,890 lbs. at pivot points
Warranty: 2 years
Price: $48,300
Special features: 4-wheel drive with hydraulic shuttle is quick to change directions, therefore maximizing productivity. It has a powerful 6,167 lbs. of bucket breakout force.

Manufacturer: Case Construction Co.
Model No.: 580M Series 2
Operating weight: 13,359 to 16,510 lbs.
Horsepower: 76 hp
Maximum digging depth: 14' 3''
Price: Not Provided
Maximum leader capacity: Bucket dig force 11,212 lbs. Dipper dig force 7,049 lbs. Special features: Contracts are infinitely variable in the fore/aft and lateral positions.

Manufacturer: Caterpillar
Model No.: 416D
Size: 11'10'' x 5'8''
Operating weight: 15,257 lbs.
Horsepower: 74 hp
Maximum digging depth: 18'1''
Maximum leader capacity: 5,292 lbs.
Warranty: 12 months/1,500 hours out of the factory
Price: Not Provided
Special features: Backhoe Quick Coupler allows quick and easy connection to attachments. Cat Load Sensing Hydraulic System adjusts flow and pressure to meet work demands.

Power Points

53 - Percentage of landscape contractors who own a backhoe.

40 - Percentage of landscape contractors who rent a backhoe.

Source: Survey conducted by Landscape Contractor National



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