How do you execute a backhoe transport?
If you have just recently purchased a backhoe loader, or just need to move it from one location to another, the question is always “how do I transport a backhoe?” Typically, backhoe transport companies will suggest evaluating the transport dimensions of the piece of equipment needing to be hauled. Shipping backhoe loaders are a bit tricky because on all of the websites you find, the backhoe transport dimensions say that the overall height of the unit is 12 feet tall. This height, if followed by, would then require you to put this equipment on a lowboy due to restrictions. The way around this inflated cost would be to lower the arm so that the overall height now does not exceed 10 feet. You can now put the backhoe on a step deck, potentially hauling with another piece of freight to reduce your overall shipment cost.
How do you safely ship a backhoe loader?
As long as the equipment isn’t over height, your backhoe can ship on a standard dock height flatbed trailer, which of course you will need a dock in which to load from.
Larger backhoe loaders are shipped on step deck or removable gooseneck trailers. Either option will allow you to drive the backhoe loader up on the trailer from the ground. If you’re want to load from the front of the trailer, make sure to back the backhoe loader onto the trailer. When loading onto a flatbed trailer, just drive her right on.
What is a backhoe?
A backhoe — also called rear actor or back actor — is a type of excavating equipment, or digger, consisting of a digging bucket on the end of a two-part articulated arm. It is typically mounted on the back of a tractor or front loader, the latter forming a “backhoe loader” (colloquially known as a “JCB” in Ireland and the UK). The section of the arm closest to the vehicle is known as the boom, while the section that carries the bucket is known as the dipper (or dipper-stick), both terms derived from steam shovels. The boom is generally attached to the vehicle through a pivot known as the king-post, which allows the arm to pivot left and right, usually through a total of 180 to 200 degrees.
A backhoe loader is an interesting invention because it is actually three pieces of construction equipment combined into one unit. A backhoe loader is:
- A tractor
- A loader
- A backhoe