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Excavator vs. Tractor Loader Backhoe

When you work next to objects, a compact excavator offers flexibility you don't get when using a traditional center-mount backhoe on a tractor.

Offset Digging

With the independent boom swing of a compact excavator, you can dig offset. Access each side of buried utility line or dig square holes without repositioning the machine.

In-Track Swing Frame

Helps you rotate the house with more confidence in tighter areas.

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Better Rotation

Compact excavators can continuously rotate 360 degrees for unlimited spoil placement. A backhoe, in contrast, has a maximum of 180 degrees of workgroup movement.

Time and Fuel Savings

Compact excavators use less fuel and can be hauled with lighter, more fuel-efficient trucks, keeping your hourly costs down.

More flexibility

When you work next to objects, an excavator provides much more flexibility. On many job sites, a tractor loader backhoe is limited to only 45 degrees of workgroup movement. In similar situations, a compact excavator may have up to 180 degrees of movement—allowing you to place spoil where needed, or even load a truck behind the machine.

Powerful Digging

The hydraulic systems on compact excavators often outperform larger machines.

Better Visibility

In a compact excavator, you sit offset relative to the boom for an unobstructed view of the attachment. On a tractor loader backhoe, you constantly have to lean around the boom to see the attachment.