Specifying Backhoes For Maximum Versatility

Back To The Basics
By Don Talend, Contributing Editor | November 2009 Vol. 64 No. 11
Manufacturers now provide an increasing selection of backhoe attachments that give handling capabilities like grappling.

In the past five years or so, manufacturers have incorporated bearings that distribute grease around high pressure points, Grohsmeyer says. He points out that electronically controlled Tier III engines have made diagnostics more intelligent by providing the ability to pick more diagnostic information out of a machine and even allow trouble alerts to be sent to management wirelessly. Bargellini argues that if maintenance is not made easy, it will not get done. He points to developments that have addressed this concept, such as one piece, rear tilting hoods that can be opened with a latch rather than by unscrewing bolts and side panels; pivot joints that are designed to accept grease weekly rather than daily; and grease fittings (zerks) placed on one side of the machine for easier access. Cowan notes that lubrication intervals on bushings have increased.

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