Backhoe loaders are excavating equipment that feature a bucket on the front and a backhoe in the back. Because of their versatility, you will often see them being used for a wide variety of tasks. Construction, demolition, transporting materials, excavating, and even some landscaping.
The backhoe bucket can be replaced with several types of attachments to perform these jobs. A breaker is a percussion hammer that is perfect for the demolition work. Using hydraulics, the breaker is used for breaking up concrete buildings or rocks. The grapple is the hook or claw that is used to move materials from one area to another. The auger is the drill that is useful for when you need to dig a deep hole. There is often a conveyor attached to it so that the material is removed as the drill works its way through the soil or other material. Lastly, many backhoe loaders are used with a stump grinder. The stump grinder attachment is for the removal of stumps that cannot be removed by any other means. It is very likely you will see a backhoe loader with a stump grinder used for forestry, home construction, and landscaping projects.
Since digging with a loader that is on wheels, there have been significant changes to the backhoe loader over the years. Many of them now include hydraulics to help stabilize the machine and avoiding any rocking motion or tipping over when moving material. This also means that the backhoe loader is typically only used for small projects because there is less digging and moving of heavy material. Larger work sites call for an excavator on tracks to handle the weight.