May 18, 2021
Backhoe loaders are versatile machines given the wide assortment of attachments available to use.
Backhoe loaders can assist with a wide range of applications, including landscaping, road work, construction, demolition, mining, forestry, farming and more. Most job sites use backhoes for their versatility, mobility, and ease of use.
Much of a backhoe loader's versatility is made possible by the wide selection of attachments available to augment the backhoe's functionality.
Backhoe attachments range in price. The typical price for an attachment is usually between $3,000 and $10,000, depending on the quality, size, brand and materials.
Safety should be your top priority as you learn how to operate your backhoe loader. Take your time to understand how the equipment works by reading the operator's manual and make a detailed operating plan to think through what you will need to do while you are working.
Before you start the backhoe's engine, do a walk-around to inspect the machine. Make sure all moving parts are adequately greased and check engine fluid levels. When you start the engine, listen for abnormal sounds and look for odd color exhaust (blue, white, etc) since these can be signs of internal engine issues (refer to maintaining your diesel engine and maintaining your engine fuel system).
If you plan on digging with your auger or bucket, make sure you know what is below ground. It is very important that you avoid obstacles such as electrical lines, fiber optic cables, gas lines, etc. when you dig. Call your utility companies and ask them to mark the area if you are unsure (see call811.com).
Using your rear stabilizers as you learn your machine will help you increase control and stability. This is important because it will help you avoid rolling the machine as you test its capabilities.