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.


Useful Life

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.

The table below shows the useful life for backhoes adopted by a number of Councils or suggested by other organisations. Please feel free to add your Councils information.

Council/Organisation Adopted Life
South Dakota 10 years
Whittlesea City Council 5-7 years

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