Backhoes

Backhoes are multipurpose earthmoving machines used for trench work, utility street work, loading and more. Backhoes are named for their extending arm that pulls dirt "back" and up from a site. Backhoes — also known as diggers or backhoe loaders — are smaller than excavators and have four wheels that can tread on smooth or rough terrain. We have narrow backhoes with 2-wheel drive and heavier-duty 4-wheel drive models. 

Backhoes can fit in narrow worksites and trailers where large earthmovers can't. But they can still complete heavy-duty work. There are extensions available for the cab and arms to meet your site needs. 

 

FAQs

How deep can a backhoe dig?

  • Digging depth depends on the model of the backhoe; the standard backhoe we offer digs up to 14'8''. We also offer bucket extensions that can offer additional 3.5 foot dig. Not sure what you need? Call United Rentals today.

How many yards does a backhoe bucket hold?

  • While we offer multiple backhoe models, typically each bucket can hold around 1.03 cubic yards of soil. Different buckets are available for multipurpose applications. See our Earthmoving Attachments section for more backhoe bucket options.

Is a backhoe the same as an excavator?

  • Backhoes and excavators (specifically mini-excavators) look similar and they can do similar jobs, but they are different in important ways. Typical excavators are much bigger, but mini-excavators can do a lot of the same things backhoes can do. They both have articulating booms, dippers, and buckets and are used for trench work, construction work and more. Excavators don't have wheels; they run on tracks (that is why they are also known as trackhoes), and they have very good traction for slick, muddy sites. Excavators have 360-degree swing rotation, but backhoes only have 180- to 200-degree swing rotation.
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Cat Class Code
902-0015

Backhoe Loader, 20-29 HP, 4WD, Compact

  • 4-wheel drive unit
  • Easily towed on a trailer or behind a truck
  • Quick-change buckets
  • Variety of bucket 8-18" sizes
  • Uses: Ideal for trenching, digging, backfill and loading
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Cat Class Code
902-0021

Backhoe Loader, 30-39 HP, 4WD, Compact

  • 4-wheel drive unit, hydrostatic drive for smooth operation
  • Easily towed on a trailer or behind a truck
  • Quick-change buckets
  • 8-18" bucket sizes available
  • Uses: Ideal for trenching, digging, backfill and loading
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Cat Class Code
902-1010

Backhoe Loader, 60-90 hp, 2WD Extended

  • 2 Wheel Drive unit
  • Advanced hydrostatic power steering
  • Easy-to-operate controls
Cat Class Code
902-1000

Backhoe Loader, 60-90 HP, 2WD Extended Cab

  • 2-wheel drive unit
  • Hydrostatic power steering
  • Easy-to-operate controls
  • Variety of bucket sizes
  • Uses: Ideal for trenching, digging, backfill and loading
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Cat Class Code
902-1020

Backhoe Loader, 60-90 HP, 4WD

  • 4-wheel drive unit
  • Advanced hydrostatic power steering
  • Easy-to-operate controls
  • Variety of bucket sizes
  • Uses: Ideal for trenching, digging, backfill and loading
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Cat Class Code
902-1101

Backhoe Loader, Dig Depth 14.7 ft., 4WD

  • 60-90 horsepower models available
  • Bucket dig force up to 11,500 lbs.
  • Hydrostatic power steering available
  • 4-wheel drive unit
  • Uses: Ideal for digging, trenching, backfilling, leveling and grading for construction site preparation
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Cat Class Code
902-1210

Backhoe Loader, Dig Depth 15.7 ft., 4WD, Extended Cab

  • 91-104 horsepower models available
  • Bucket dig force up to 14,800 lbs.
  • Travel speed up to 24.6 mph
  • 4-wheel drive unit
  • Uses: Ideal for digging, trenching, backfilling, leveling and grading for construction site preparation
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Cat Class Code
902-1330

Backhoe Loader, Dig Depth 19.5 ft., 4WD, Extended Cab

  • 90-130 horsepower models available
  • Bucket breakout force up to 15,800 lbs.
  • Travel speed up to 24.6 mph
  • 4-wheel drive and 2-wheel drive units available
  • Uses: Ideal for digging, trenching, backfilling, leveling and grading for construction site preparation
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Cat Class Code
902-1320

Backhoe Loader, Over 105HP, 4WD

  • 2WD or 4WD
  • Hydrostatic power steering available
  • Bucket breakout force up to 15,540 lbs
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Cat Class Code
902-0010

Backhoe, 20-29 hp, 2WD, Compact

  • 2 Wheel Drive unit
  • Easily towed on a trailer or behind a pick-up truck
  • Quick-change buckets, 8"-18" sizes
4 wheel drive backhoe loader
Cat Class Code
902-1021

Backhoe Loader, Dig Depth 14 ft., 4WD, Extended Cab

  • 4-wheel drive unit
  • Travel speed up to 24.6 mph
  • Standard backhoe bucket capacity up to 6.5 cubic yards
  • Standard loader bucket capacity 1 cubic yard
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Cat Class Code
902-1100

Backhoe Loader, Dig Depth 17 ft., 4WD

  • 4-wheel drive unit
  • Extendable boom lift arm for additional 3' 6" digging depth available
  • Standard backhoe bucket capacity up to 6.5 cubic yards
  • Standard loader bucket capacity 1 cubic yard
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