Equipment Spotlight: Backhoe Loaders

February 2011, Vol. 66 No. 2
Case’s new N Series loader/backhoe

Backhoe loaders from John Deere, Case, Volvo, Caterpillar, New Holland Construction, Bradco/Paladin Construction Group, Kubota Tractor and Terex Construction Americas.

John Deere
Total Machine Control (TMC) provides more controls that are intuitive and enables automation of functions that operators previously had to do manually. An option for the John Deere 310SJ and 410J backhoe loaders, it gives operators best-in-class comfort, faster cycle times and the best automatic features of an excavator and 4WD loader built into one machine. Armrest-mounted joystick controls turn with the seat and eliminate pilot towers, resulting in enhanced visibility, exceptional comfort and reduced heat in the cab, thanks to the absence of hydraulic oil used in other control systems. Fingertip control means no more foot pedals or extra levers to control the stabilizers, extendable dipper stick and front/rear auxiliary hydraulics. 800.503.3373,

The over-center backhoe design on Case’s new N Series loader/backhoes eliminates the “porpoising” or rocking motion common to backhoe-heavy models. The Ride Control option further stabilizes the machine and increases load retention during travel around the jobsite. The hydraulic quick coupler options for both the backhoe and loader allows the operator to engage and disengage many loader and backhoe attachments without leaving the cab. The system includes Flow Control to automatically match hydraulic flow to the needs of the attachments (hydraulic augers and hammers for the backhoe, and forks, grapples, brooms, snow blades and combination buckets for the loader). 262.636.0447,