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United Rentals' comprehensive lineup of used backhoes for sale features machinery from Case, JCB, John Deere and other trusted manufacturers. These old backhoes for sale are still capable of performing all the digging, demolition, construction, material transportation and landscaping projects you may need them for. For those unfamiliar with operating a backhoe, we offer our Backhoe Loader Operator Certification through United Academy. Select the backhoe that is perfect for you from our expansive inventory, and rest easy knowing that nearly all of our used backhoes come with low-interest financing and our United Guard warranty. We also sell a large selection of used backhoe attachments and other earthmoving attachments to ensure you have everything you need to get the job done.

FAQs About Backhoes for Sale

What’s the difference between an excavator and a backhoe?

  • The most obvious difference is the disparity in size. Typically, backhoes are smaller than excavators, making them slightly more versatile because of their increased mobility and precision. Backhoes also have many more attachments available, which adds to their adaptability. Additionally, the way excavators and backhoes rotate is also quite different. Excavator operators can rotate the machine's arm and its chassis in a full circle, while backhoe arms can only be rotated about 200 degrees around.

How much does a backhoe weigh?

  • Weight varies from model to model, but you’ll find that most backhoes weigh anywhere from about 4,000 pounds up to around 25,000 pounds. The important thing to note is that backhoes with a heavier operating weight can usually handle higher load capacities. For example, the mid-sized John Deere 310L weighs 14,669 pounds and can lift just over 6,000 pounds at full height. Compare this to a smaller or larger model with a lower or higher operating weight, and you’d end up with very different load capacities. Getting familiar with what exactly your machine can handle safely is extremely important to your and your crew's safety and the success of your projects.

What should I look for when buying a backhoe?

  • As with any purchase, it's essential to be informed on what you want — and what you don’t want — when buying a used backhoe. Start from the ground up, beginning with the tires. These machines handle heavy materials, so it is vital to make sure there isn't any substantial damage to the backhoe’s tires. You'll also want to inspect the unit's frame to ensure there aren't any signs of cracking or welding from the previous owner. Additionally, it's always advisable to be sure the backhoe runs well, including the equipment's main engine and how the boom and controls function. Beyond reliability, other considerations include specs such as power, operating weight and size, and any attachments you may need along with the base unit. You may also want to consider a dealer that offers a warranty in case things go wrong. Given these considerations, keep in mind that our trained experts are always available to answer questions and help you choose the right used backhoe for your needs.