Backhoe loader prices and how to select one

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Backhoe loader prices are dependent on brand and size s most other equipment. They are some of the most common equipment in versatile industrial, agricultural, and residential projects. Selecting the right backhoe loader may require some advance knowledge of the machines. A backhoe loader is essentially a tractor with a large frontal loader bucket that can carry up to 8,760 pounds on average and push, level, or scoop up lightweight materials as needed. They also have a second digging bucket on the rear that can dig an average depth of 15 feet and usually has a maximum reach of just under 26 feet.

Backhoe loader prices

The average backhoe loader has a digging depth of 14 feet and between 80-90 horsepower. A new backhoe loader is priced between $55,000 and $75,000.They also come in different sizes;

  • Mini or Small backhoes that can dig between 9 and 10 feet and cost $25,000 to $35,000.
  • Large backhoes that can dig between 15 and 16 feet typically fetch $75,000 to $110,000.
  • Larger backhoe loaders that can dig over 16 feet and cost over $100,000.

Backhoe loader prices in the used market

These costs apply when buying a new one. In the used equipment market, a 14-foot Case backhoe can cost between $25,000 and $44,000. The average cost for renting a backhoe is between $150 and $500 per day. In addition, renting a backhoe typically costs between $600 to $1,500 per week, and anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000 per month.

Choosing the right model

Backhoe loaders come in different types;

  • Center Mount – Also known as a “center pivot” backhoe, this style mounts the backhoe loader in the center of the rear so that it can’t move. The stabilizers come down in a wider stance than side-shift backhoe loaders, and this provides additional height along with a stronger center of gravity, giving these backhoes the advantage when working with heavy loads and steep terrain.
  • Side-shift – Instead of being fixed in the center, the side-shift backhoe can move from side to side and even extend vertically. Stabilizers extend straight down from the sides, which allows for tight maneuvering in confined spaces, even when other structures are close.

Choosing between a center mount or side-shift backhoe depends on the type of work you need to do. In general, a center mount backhoe is used for farming and wide-open construction jobs, but not so much in landscaping or roadways. Conversely, side-shift backhoe loaders are primarily used for roadway and landscaping jobs.

In addition to the above two, backhoes can further be split up into two unofficial divisions because manufacturers place such emphasis on digging depth and overall size.

  • 14-to-15-foot backhoes – This category was created by manufacturers for those who need a backhoe that will get medium-sized jobs done without providing a deep footprint. These backhoe loaders in this range have between 68 and 107 horsepower, with a hydraulic system that puts out 28 to 35 gallons per minute.
  • Over 15 feet – With 127 horsepower and a hydraulic system that can put out upwards of 43 gallons per minute on average, these models are designed for heavier industrial jobs such as demolition and mining.

Backhoe tires, steering, and stabilizers

Regardless of what you are doing with the backhoe, tires matter a lot. The back tires are always bigger than the front tires to provide extra stability.

  • R1 Tires(Agricultural) – These tires are as tough as it gets, capable of withstanding extreme mud and other unfavorable conditions that you’d expect to find while hard at work on the farm.
  • R3 Tires(Turf) – The landscaper’s tire. Unlike R1 tires, they are designed with an even weight distribution system that won’t leave imprints, even while on the grass.
  • R4 Tires (Construction) – Specifically designed to accommodate heavy loads while on the pavement. These backhoe loaders are used for residential and industrial construction projects.