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backoe loader

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by palmador, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. palmador

    palmador Junior Member
    from canada
    Messages: 9

    hi guys
    I'm looking to buy a backhoe loader i was gonna make a move on a 2006 310sg with a 8' 14' extendibles blade a lot of operators told me that a backhoe is not the best machine to push snow now my question is if a backhoe loader with even size tires like a jcb 4cx or an older model 214s is has effective has a loader. If some one can help me before I go and buy something thats no good for me.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2008
  2. dirt digger

    dirt digger Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    are you just using it to push snow? or are you going to use it in the summer?

    the problem with Cat and Deere backhoes is the hoe on the back is so heavy that all you seem to do is bounce the front tires off the ground. Case has the best weight distribution, well in all actuality Case has the best backhoe out there. JCB is a fair machine, but depending on what you will use it for in the summer i do not feel that JCB is a mass digging backhoe like your Cats Deeres and Cases. I don't plow snow with our backhoe so i can't tell you anything about that, but i will say that our Case can push some extremely large dirt piles all around, but then again you get better traction in dirt then you do on icy pavement.
  3. accipiter12

    accipiter12 Senior Member
    Messages: 223


  4. palmador

    palmador Junior Member
    from canada
    Messages: 9

    backhoe loader

    yes i use the machine more in the summer then winter but the jcb I'm talking about
    as 4 tires the same size with 4 wheel steer
  5. Buster F

    Buster F Senior Member
    Messages: 208

    I have put several hundred hours(including quite a bit of snow work) on a Komatsu WA150 that has the 4 equal sized tires that you are talking about. As far as loader operation is concerned the front tire bouncing that is usually associated with rubber tired backhoes is a non issue - the machine is an absolute bear when it comes to pushing and traction. Aside from having a rather small bucket and not so great turning radius(even in 4 wheel steer mode) it compares well to a small loader. I will also say that the added weight and horsepower make the machine the best digging backhoe i've ever operated, aside from the limited swing area it will dig bucket for bucket with a comparable sized excavator and has a reach advatage over most excavators in its bucket size class. Now for the negatives. This machine with the 4 equal sized tires is by far the worst driving/riding peice of equipment i have ever run over the road - be sure to wear a kidney belt if you plan on running it over the road. Anothr thing to keep in mind is that the front tires on a backhoe take a hell of a beating when pushing or carring a bucket full of material around the jobsite and having larger tires to replace due to a slice can become very pricey. I hope this helps you a bit, Roy
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2008
  6. palmador

    palmador Junior Member
    from canada
    Messages: 9

    thanks a lot for your info
    who els can guide me better than some one with experience on this machine 4wheel drive 4 wheel steer . so whats better for me a regular backhoe or a 4 wheel steer backhoe i really appreciate your
    response chris
  7. dirt digger

    dirt digger Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    4 wheel steer should be a non-issue because you have individual brakes on regular backhoes. you can just brake one tire or the other and turn a very tight radius circle. you will steer with your brakes most of the time anyway, because chances are when you put the bucket down it transfers your weight off the front tires, making them useless to steer on slick pavement
  8. Peterbilt

    Peterbilt Senior Member
    from IA.
    Messages: 745

    I will agree with digger on one thing. Having two breaks will make your turning verry tight.

    The 4x4x4 idea isn't all its cracked up to be. I used to work for JCB. I personally think that normal 4x4 on a backhoe is plenty.

    I have experienced loader power problems when a JCB 214 that was fitted with JCB 217 tires. With the larger tires from the larger machine, it robbed all the power. You don't seem to have these problems with a normal machine.

    Now. In my opinion Case backhoes suck. I like Cats or Deeres, But New Hollands are nice and so are JCB's. But then again, I am not partcial, Unless its a Case.

    If I were you. I would have one of your operators (If you have any) Help you make this decission.

  9. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    Well over the past two years we've pushed snow or are currently pushing with a Case 580, and JD 310 and a JCB 212. I think all machines pushed great
    The 310 had a 14' box witch may have been a little big but you only noticed it on the 5-6" heavy snows and could only take 10' paths. But on the 2-3" that thing was a plowing machine.
    The Case was just as good with a 12' box and was also a plowing machine.
    The JCB is a little under powered for what we use it with. It probably should only have a 10' box on it and we are running a 12' so its a little under powered. The nice thing about the JCB is the back hoe can offset to the side so you have FULL view behind you which helps out a ton.
    Like others have said drive some and see. As long as you have good dealer support most of it is personnel preference.
  10. xc23

    xc23 Member
    Messages: 79

    backhoe for plowing

    I have owned and operated backhoes for plowing and digging for a few years now , Here is my 2 cents. I have pushed w/ a 2 wheel drive 555 ford did the job still use it for stacking and some digging . Recently picked up a 4x4 555d 1994 ford ,12 avalanche box pusher Enclosed heated cab like my other. This machine is great .It has separate breaks for each rear wheel = turns on a dime handles the 12' pusher excellent . As for the ride quality and front tire durability my fronts have been foam filled the machine does not bounce at all at highway speed and you can not get a flat, plus it adds a little extra weight in the front for traction. the weight distribution seems very good, But I have only operated fords and can't compare . It is an extend a hoe so it is heavier than a standered hoe in the rear. The only complaint is when you are stacking snow piles and you drive up the pile the hoe will hit the ground before the machine runs out of traction. Also if you purchase the large tire JCB you may need a heavier trailer to transport it . M y 555d weighs 15500 . Hope this helps.
  11. palmador

    palmador Junior Member
    from canada
    Messages: 9

    opinion or experience

    is this your opinion or experience
  12. palmador

    palmador Junior Member
    from canada
    Messages: 9

    what do you think

    so do you think with a 310 sg or a 214 jcb with a 8' 14' adjustable blade are smart investments or
    better with a machine with 4 wheel steer like a 4cx or a 214s.

    i appreciate your opinion
  13. Peterbilt

    Peterbilt Senior Member
    from IA.
    Messages: 745

    Stupid question here. but Palmador have you ever been around a tractor backhoe?

    The more questions you ask, the more I think you have no experience on the subject matter.

    But if you need info you are in the right place.

  14. dirt digger

    dirt digger Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    i have never run a 4 wheel steer backhoe...and to tell you i am a "full time" backhoe operator is a lie...however i am a student in college right now and work for an excavating company when i am home for summer/winter breaks and i run a Case 580 Super M atleast 35 hours per week when i am working...so i guess when i am working i am a full time operator.

    Anyway i have pushed a lot of dirt and when i am pushing i RARELY used the steering wheel, unless i am running into a stone pile where the bucket is just resting on the ground. Your steering wheel is useless with front tire steer as soon as you put a load in the bucket because it is far too much weight for the tires to get traction...so therefore i dont see how larger front tires would aid you any...the only reason i could see 4 wheel steer may work is for the rear axle steering, but even still i can lock my back tire and do almost a complete 360 by pivoting on the locked tire
  15. palmador

    palmador Junior Member
    from canada
    Messages: 9

    stupid answers

    i don't have any experience on a backhoe .But Im still making an over 100 000$investment and its not the first machine i buy i know witch backhoe is good for me in the summer
    but not sure for the winter thats why I'm asking I need answers from people who now what
    there talking about !!! but thanks for trying peterbilt
  16. Buster F

    Buster F Senior Member
    Messages: 208

    In my opinion the 4 wheel steer machine will make a better snow machine because of the added weight and traction gains over a conventional backhoe. A large 4x4x4 bachoe with a quick coupler can easily be used in a loader type situation with the addition of a 3 - 3.5 yd bucket or hooked to a 14' pusher or a 10'-12' power angle blade or used with the standard 1-1.25 yd bucket although i wouldn't recomend it for snow work(the large chunks of ice have a tendancy to come over the back of the bucket and onto the hood). I think the point that most of the guys and myself are trying to make is that in order to gain somthing you have to give somthing up ie- a 4x4x4 backoe may be better in the snow but will ride over the road like a D8 and require more expensive maintenance. Either way any machine will work for you if you set it up right and become adept a running it. Good luck, Roy
  17. toyman

    toyman Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    I have a 580 L Case, the machine is awesome in the snow. A good 4X4 Backhoe will do a more versital job IMO. Can be turned just as tight, if not tighter, than the 4 wheel steer you are considering.

    bottom line here is pick out a backhoe that you would buy, then pick out a 4 wheel steer that you would buy and drive them both. See which one you like better.

    I'm only running a 10' box on my backhoe, but that is for a different reason. It could easily handle a 12' box and maybe a 14'.

  18. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    I have run only Deere hoes the last 25 years from the 34 years I've been in the excavating biz.There is a very good reason for this--they simply are the very best out there.My 410G will outdig any other hoe in it's class,bar none.Now,let's talk snow.There is really no practical reason you need an all wheel steer rig.It will be heavier,clumsier, and you will not have pivot steering like you will with just conventional front wheel steer.I can pivot in the machine's own lenghth and if I wanted to on slippery stuff,I could throw away that round spoked thing.Get the Deere,you'won't be sorry.If it doesn't rattle like a cat,it must be a case of bad judgement,but nothing runs like a deere.:)
  19. dirt digger

    dirt digger Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    if you have only ever run Deere then how do you know it can out preform cat and case?
  20. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    i have a buddy who has the "best" bobcat, boat, truck, blade, grapple bucket,trailer :sleeping: