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8 Backhoe Brands for Your Next Project

8 Backhoe Brands for Your Next Project

There are a selection of backhoe brands at your disposal, however, the most popular are CASE, CAT, JCB, John Deere, Komatsu, Volvo CE, Kubota and New Holland. Each company offers a wide selection of construction equipment from excavators to backhoes. A backhoe’s versatility is just one of its many benefits thanks to its varying specifications like weight, horsepower, dig depth, height and range. Choosing a reputable and trusted brand will ease the nerves that come with purchasing or renting a piece of heavy machinery.

You’ll want to pick a brand that values your safety, time and money. Choosing a backhoe big enough for the job is one thing, but choosing a backhoe manufactured by a top-tier company will leave you ready to take on your next project.

8 Backhoe Brands and What They Offer
Brand Number of Models Warranty Rent or Buy Can I Buy Used?
JCB 5 12 Months Both Yes
CASE 5 12 Months Both Yes
CAT 8 24 Months Both Yes
John Deere 7 N/A Both Yes
Komatsu 8 12 Months Both N/A
Volvo CE 10 24 Months Both Yes
Kubota 3 Varies Both N/A
New Holland 3 Varies Both N/A

JCB

Starting in 1945 building tipping trailers for the agriculture industry, JCB is a leading manufacturer of construction, agriculture, waste handling and demolition equipment.

JCB has gone from pioneering the first backhoe loader in 1953 to manufacturing five different backhoe models with dig depths up to 20 feet. JCB measures each model based on five attributes: versatility, productivity, safety, comfort and serviceability.

JCB Backhoe Models & Specs
JCB Models Dig Depth Engine Power Operating Weight
1CXT 10 ft. 1 in. 49 hp
3CX Compact 14 ft. 2 in. 74 hp
3CX 18 ft. 6 in. 74 hp
3CX-15 20 ft. 1 in. 109 hp
4CX-15 20 ft. 1 in. 109 hp

Disclaimer: Operating weight is shown after requesting a quote.

CASE

CASE’s 180 years of experience have made its orange-colored machines one of the most recognized across the U.S. It offers five backhoe models with engine power ranging from 74 horsepower to 110 horsepower depending on the model. You can browse its selection of 17 backhoe attachments to assemble the perfect machine for the job.

Its backhoes are known for cab comfort, lift capacity and durability. CASE is one of the most sought-after manufacturers of heavy machinery, with products available across the globe.

CASE Backhoe Models & Specs
CASE Model Dig Depth Engine Power Operating Weight
580N EP 14 ft. 11 in. 74 hp 15,995 lbs
580N 14 ft. 8 in. 90 hp 16,589 lbs
580 Super N 14 ft. 4 in. 97 hp 17,810 lbs
580 Super N WT 14 ft. 5 in. 110 hp 20,760 lbs
590 Super N 15 ft. 5 in. 110 hp 21,325 lbs

CAT

A name you’re bound to recognize, CAT (short for Caterpillar) is the leading manufacturer of construction equipment, mining equipment, natural gas engines for industrial turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.

CAT has eight backhoe models to help construction professionals and enthusiasts find the perfect fit for their site. Its large selection of backhoes offers dig depths up to 17 feet and operating weights as large as 29,321 pounds.

CAT Backhoe Models & Specs
CAT Model Dig Depth Engine Power Operating Weight
415 L N/A 69 hp 17,637 lbs
415 14 ft. 70 hp 24,251 lbs
416 14 ft. 86 hp 24,251 lbs
420 14 ft. 92 hp 24,251 lbs
420 XE 14 ft. 92 hp 24,251 lbs
440 15 ft. 6 in. 104 hp 29,321 lbs
430 15 ft. 1.2 in. 107 hp 24,251 lbs
450 17 ft. 131 hp 29,321 lbs

John Deere

John Deere is an American corporation founded in 1837, making it one of the oldest manufacturers of heavy machinery. John Deere uses its plethora of user data to create machines for a variety of purposes.

John Deere offers seven backhoe models with engine power, dig depths and operating weights suitable for any project.

John Deere Backhoe Models & Specs
John Deere Models Dig Depth Engine Power Operating Weight
310L EP 13 ft. 8 in. 69 hp 13,822 lbs
310L 14 ft. 1 in. 100 hp 14,669 lbs
310SL 14 ft. 3 in. 103 hp 15,872 lbs
315SL 13 ft. 5 in 103 hp 17,554 lbs
310SL HL 15 ft. 1 in. 113 hp 16,571 lbs
410L 15 ft. 11 in. 116 hp 17,786 lbs
710L 17 ft. 3 in. 148 hp 25,588 lbs

Komatsu

Komatsu is a Japanese multinational manufacturer of construction, mining, forestry, energy and military equipment. Komatsu takes advantage of the world’s technological advances to create machines like backhoes, all while considering its impact on the planet.

Komatsu offers a selection of eight backhoe models with varying operating weights, bucket capacities, engine power and travel speeds.

Komatsu Backhoe Models & Specs
Komatsu Models Dig Depth Engine Power Operating Weight
WB93R-5 Varies 99.2 hp 17,791.3 lbs
WB93S-5 Varies 99.2 hp 18,849.52 lbs
WB97R-5 Varies 99.2 hp 17,989.72 lbs
WB97S-5
Varies 99.2 hp 19,180.22 lbs
WB93R-8 Varies 101 hp 17,923.58 lbs
WB93S-8 Varies 101 hp 17,868.47-22,046.23 lbs
WB97R-8 Varies 101 hp 16,115.79-19,885.7 lbs
WB97S-8 Varies 101 hp 18,210.18-22,046.23 lbs

Disclaimer: Dig depth varies depending on attachments.

Volvo CE

Volvo Construction Equipment, headquartered in Sweden, is an international company that manufactures equipment for construction and other related industries. Its parent organization, Volvo, is known worldwide for producing vehicles fit for those prioritizing safety.

Volvo CE’s 10 backhoe models are another example of the company’s efforts to produce reliable, durable and safe machines for its customers. Backhoes feature specifications like large operating weights to make demolition easier and more efficient.

Volvo CE Backhoe Models & Specs
Volvo CE Models Dig Depth Engine Power Operating Weight
BL60B 14 ft. 7 in. 83/91 hp 15,410-20,459 lbs
BL61B 13 ft. 11 in. 83/91 hp 15,508.73-20,106/16 lbs
BL60 14 ft. 5.4 in. 86 hp 15,652.82 lbs
BL61 13 ft. 9.7 in. 86 hp 17,480.45 lbs
BL70B 14 ft. 11 in. 91/98 hp 16,777-21,671 lbs
BL71B 14 ft. 1 in. 91/98 hp 17,063.78-21,605.3 lbs
BL61 Plus 13 ft. 11 in. 94 hp 21,913.94 lbs
BL70 14 ft. 4 in. 94 hp 18,959.75 lbs
BL71 14 ft. 0.9 in. 94 hp 17, 601.70 lbs
BL71 Plus 14 ft. 0.9 in. 100 hp 18,937.70 lbs.

Kubota

Established in 1890, Kubota produces agricultural machinery out of Osaka, Japan. Its commitment to easing groundwork makes Kubota a popular choice for agricultural projects like planting, farming and building.

Its three backhoe models feature twin operating pedals and hydraulic power steering to make projects more efficient. Kubota’s efforts to ease the challenges of operating heavy machinery makes it stand out in the large pool of competitors.

Kubota Backhoe Models & Specs
Kubota Models Dig Depth Engine Power Operating Weight
B26 8 ft. 4.8 in. 24.3 hp 4,001 lbs
L47 10 ft. 1 in. 47.1 hp 7,205 lbs
M62 14 ft. 1.8 in. 63 hp 8,925 lbs

New Holland

New Holland is an American manufacturer of earth handling equipment founded in 1895. Despite its early start, New Holland produced its full line of agricultural machinery just 31 years ago. With the help of CNH Industrial, New Holland supplies equipment around the world while being headquartered in Italy.

Its three backhoe models deliver in looks with bold black features and a bright yellow body. Each model is either made to operate in a power-shift or power-shuttle transmission with operating weights up to 18,452 pounds.

New Holland Backhoe Models & Specs
New Holland Models Dig Depth Engine Power Operating Weight
B100C 18 ft. 5.4 in. 114 hp 17,901.54 lbs
B110C 19 ft. 3.4 in. 121 hp 17,901.54 lbs
B115C 19 ft. 3.4 in. 121 hp 18,452.69 lbs

How To Choose the Right Backhoe Brand

two men shaking hands after successful purchase of a backhoe

Before renting or buying a backhoe, it’s important to understand each manufacturer and their available models. Try thinking about what specifications your backhoe must have, what your construction site or project will look like and if sustainable production is important to you. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Will I need insurance or a warranty?
  • Do I want to rent or buy?
  • Should I buy a used backhoe?
  • How much material do I need to move?
  • What transmission will be easiest to operate?

Backhoes tend to carry similar specifications across all manufacturers, which makes it hard to decipher between each model. Focusing on a brand’s customer service, warranty, reviews and reputation are key to making the best decision for your project. Asking yourself the questions above and considering your project’s specific requirements can help guide you to the best backhoe to rent for the job.

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