Equipment Spotlight: Backhoe Loaders

Backhoe loaders by John Deere, Case, Caterpillar and Volvo.

John Deere
The new 310K Backhoe with EPA IT4/EU Stage IIIB technology is simple, fuel efficient, fully integrated and fully supported. Choose from pilot, two-lever, three-lever, four-lever or SAE excavator-style controls. Smooth response and low effort are yours regardless of which you select. It also boasts enhancements such as a more efficient HVAC system and machine-security system; redesigned easier-to-clean cooling package; and a quarter cab option for easy jobsite communication. Plus, our 310K backhoe comes standard with JDLink and Service ADVISOR Remote to keep your machines productive. 800.503.3373,


CASE N Series backhoes feature 3.4-liter, turbocharged engines, ranging from 78 hp in the 580N to 108 hp in the 590SN. The Tier 4 Interim-certified engine burns cleaner while delivering superior horsepower, faster response and a minimum of 5 percent better fuel efficiency under load. Standard N Series features include automatic Ride Control on four-wheel-drive models. Automatic Ride Control engages at roading speeds (selected by the operator) to help reduce bucket spillage. 262.636.0447,

The four-wheel-drive Cat 450F Backhoe Loader Center Pivot is powered by a Cat C4.4 ACERT engine meeting U.S. EPA Tier-4 Interim/EU Stage IIIB emission standards. The versatile 450F comes with a hydraulic thumb, pin-puller type coupler and a range of compatible work tools, including buckets with integral forks, hammers and plate compactors. The engine delivers 396 foot-pounds of torque and has a torque rise of more than 30 percent, allowing the 450F to power through tough applications.

The Volvo BL70B backhoe features a cast bucket linkage design that helps the bucket rotate 205 degrees allowing vertical digging in all positions without repositioning the machine. The boom allows excellent visibility into the trench, as well as enabling closer proximity to the truck for loading. The BL70B has a maximum retracted digging depth of 14 feet 9 inches and maximum extended digging depth of 18 feet 3 inches. 828.650.2000,

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