411homerepair.com

Latest Articles

3 Low-Cost Remodeling Ideas to Increase House Valuation

When it comes to putting your home on the market, you always want to get the best offer possible. The most important thing about the whole selling...

on Oct 16, 2019

Avoid Plumbing Ripoffs and Work With a Reliable Plumber

Professional services are in-demand these days. To hire a plumber may be as easy as dialing a number in the yellow pages or find online, but...

on Oct 16, 2019

How Does Kitchen Remodeling Impact Your Homes Valuation?

The majority of homeowners looking to reduce their home's valuation sometimes find themselves considering looking at the improvements which are...

on Oct 15, 2019

DIY Upside-Down Planter - What Not to Do

Upside down planters are an option if you can not grow tomatoes for many reasons including space, sunlight, rodents and other critters. Otherwise,...

on Oct 14, 2019

Why You Need To Maintain Your Mission HVAC System For Proper Heating & Cooling

Thankfully, the days of living without air conditioning and heating are gone. Today, numerous home buyers buy existing houses while others build...

on Oct 14, 2019

Five Tips for Purchasing a Backhoe Loader

by Guest on Mar 14, 2013

With prices starting at $50,000 for a used model, buying a backhoe loader is not like buying the Tonka toy of your childhood. You can't go into a dealership say, "I like that one! Wrap it up!" While the decision to buy a loader for your construction business is probably a good one, especially if you've noted the large amount of money being tossed down the drain in machine rental costs, you really have to understand your needs before you make that important offer.

Backhoe

1 - Analyze Before You Buy

Before you buy a backhoe you need to know what type of backhoe equipment you want and carefully analyze your budget before making a major equipment purchase of this type. With the financial crisis just past us, many construction companies have been reticent to buy new equipment. However, if it is time, and your backhoe needs warrant it, then you want to get the most machine, with the most utility for your company. Basically, you want to make sure the new backhoe will make you more money. The only way to ensure this happens is to have a single piece of equipment that can produce the largest number of tasks in the shortest amount of time.

To find the machine that fits your company needs, analyze your load or height requirements. Consider your current and future needs. Make sure the machines you look at have the right amount of horsepower, a large bucket capacity and have the operating weight to handle the tasks at hand. Typically you want the backhoe that offers the most capability and power, but one that can maneuver in even small spaces.

2 - Attachment Needs

You also want to consider your future attachment needs. While most loaders aren't sold with attachments, many do come with a quick coupler. This allows for the quick connection of attachments you frequently use. You won't always use an attachment, but the ability to quickly attach any that you do use, even sporadically, makes the backhoe you buy a more versatile tool for your business.

3 - Stabilizer Bar Shoes

OSHA safety regulations require that all backhoes have stabilizer bars so they remain safe to operators and personnel in the surrounding area when the backhoe is digging. However, the stabilizer bars need different shoes when working on different materials. You want the option of using grouser shoes for grip on dirt and rubber shoes for a better grip on asphalt.

4 - 2-Wheel or 4-Wheel Drive

Although a 4-wheel drive backhoe loader may be more expensive than a 2-wheel drive option, this could be an important feature; especially, If your construction sites are unpaved, in areas with loose dirt or mud. 4-wheel drive options also offer better maneuverability in all conditions.

5 - New or Used

Initially, a used machine may cost less and may seem a more favorable option, but these often come with expensive maintenance issues. On the other hand, a new machine has the distinct advantage of having all new parts and warranties.

Finance terms are also much better on new machinery than they are on used equipment. Besides, new equipment offers a better corporate image, therefore it can improve your ROI.

Bottom Line

Backhoe loaders will vary in price depending on the brand, size, dig depth, horse power, dig depth and whether the machine is 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive. Any attachment you need will also influence the overall cost. But remember, you want a machine that will do the largest number of your tasks, and this may involve a higher upfront machine cost.

Jeremy S has worked on building sites on and off for 10 years. He enjoys sharing his expertise by blogging for construction related sites. Click the link to view Construction Equipment.

Sponsored Articles

Random Articles

3 Humid Subtropical Household Pests and How to Spot Them

While much of the north and midwest is still buried in snow and winter storms, the southern states are moving into spring and summer. Warm...

Pest Management / Ecology

Update Your Lighting for a Brighter Kitchen

Updating your lighting so that you have a brighter kitchen is one of the smartest kitchen investments you can make. A bright, well-lit kitchen is...

Electrical / Lighting

Maintaining Shopping Centres with Industrial Vacuum Cleaners

If your home is based in a metropolitan area, you’ll know how busy it gets in most shopping centres across the vicinity, especially during...

Appliance / Repair

Spray Painting - Can You DIY Or Do You Get The Professionals In?

The advantage of spray painting is the sheer speed at which you can do it. A room that would usually take a weekend to paint can be done in less...

Painting / Wallpaper

Winter Garden Maintenance Tips

Winter is the quietest time of the year for most gardeners. It’s a time when green-fingered individuals plot and plan their gardening...

Cleaning / Maintenance

Actions

Contact Us | Submit Article | 411homerepair © 2019