A backhoe is a versatile item of plant commonly used by Councils and Council contractors. It is a multi-purpose vehicle combining the abilities of an excavator with a loader. It consists of three main tools: a front shovel-bucket, excavator arm & bucket, and tractor.
The useful life of a backhoe will depend heavily on how often it is used and the environment in which it is used. A life of about 7 years is considered to be typical in some areas.