Skid Steer Backhoe Attachments


A skid steer backhoe is a piece of excavating equipment consisting of a skid steer backhoe and a digging backhoe bucket on the end of an articulated arm (also called a stick or dipper). Modern skid steer backhoes are powered by hydraulics. They are typically mounted on the skid steer quick attach system and the best made ones have a subframe as well. Then the skidsteer backhoe attachments hydraulics are connected.

Bradco Skidsteer Backhoe The skid steer backhoe digs down deep making it ideal for most landscaping and light construction applications. The backhoe has an even better reach up high, so it is easy to empty your skidsteer backhoe bucket into a nearby wagon or truck. The hydraulic system connectors allow the operator to easily attach your front mount skid steer backhoe.

The well engineered design and heavy duty construction make this attachment one best values and most useful tools you will ever purchase for your bobcat style skidsteer loader.

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Skidsteer Backhoe Attachment Review:  "When the need arose for a skidsteer backhoe attachment for my skidsteer, I searched hard to find the best manufacturer, and the best place to buy. I researched a lot of different websites, including some cheap eTerra China made ones. They wanted way too much for some china made wannabe quick attach backhoe that wasn't even a true skidsteer backhoe (with a subframe), then they wanted even more to ship it. After a little more searching I found out how well built the Bradco backhoes were constructed, and I went with to get American Made quality, great Southern Hospitality from the sales staff, and the best price.

I live inside their Free Shipping Zone so I didn't pay any more to have it delivered. The salesperson Rick was very knowledgable about their skid steer backhoes, and helped me to get the right backhoe for my skidsteer. I give these guys five stars for their service, product selection, and helpfulness. Thanks so much!"

Mark - Little Rock, Arkansas            

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History of the Backhoe

The history of heavy excavating machinery began in 1835 when the dipper shovel was invented to excavate hard soil and rock and to load trucks. The dipper shovel was steam-powered and mounted on rails like a train. Rail lines were laid into mines and large excavations so the dipper shovel could move around and load materials into railroad cars or horse-drawn trucks. The dipper shovel had a short boom (lifting arm), a dipper stick (a beam that pivoted out from the boom and gave the shovel its name), and an attached bucket for digging. The dipper shovel was modified in many ways to create the familiar construction equipment of today; the boom was changed, different attachments were added, the weight and balance of the equipment were changed, and the type of tires or tracks were chosen to suit the equipment's primary jobs. Of course, with the invention of gasoline-and diesel-powered vehicles, construction equipment became even more adaptable. Most construction equipment is powered by diesel engines, although electric-power, battery power, and propane tanks are used on specialized equipment.

The skidsteer backhoe is one of the smaller and more versatile descendants of the dipper shovel. The backhoe became an important piece of equipment with the large-scale construction of highways and increased underground placement of utilities. Backhoes and trenchers are used to excavate trenches for drainage and utilities. But, from the early 1900s until the late 1950s, the backhoe remained a large piece of equipment, and agricultural tractors were often called into service for smaller, limited access construction projects. Kits were available to adapt the tractors to construction tasks, but sometimes the right connections or attachment points were not provided, and the strains of construction were unsafe for the tractor's design and the operator.

In the late 1950s, a boom in residential development sparked another spurt of changes in backhoe design. Excavation of footings for house foundations, trenching, backfilling (replacing soil in a trench to cover drainpipes or utilities), and grading projects required a compact machine capable of a variety of tasks. By 1957, Elton Long, an engineer who had retired from the Case Corporation, reinvented the backhoe in the form of the loader/backhoe that combined two pieces of equipment in one and allowed the agricultural tractor to return to farming. Long's loader/backhoe had rubber tires for mobility and the right swing mechanism and buckets for specialized work. The loader on the opposite end of the machine from the backhoe bucket provided weight and balance when the backhoe was used; likewise, the teeth of the backhoe bucket could be driven into to the ground to provide anchorage as the loader lifted heavy materials. By 1965, other evolutions of the backhoe had created machines exclusively for the construction industry; diesel power, improved hydraulic linkages, four-wheel drive, and other features were added or improved in the 30 years from 1965 to 1995.

By 1995, Case added its L Series loader/backhoes to its product line. The six models in this series have improved hydraulics, more comfortable cabins for the operators, fuel-injection pumps, better cooling efficiency, better access for servicing, improved road performance, improved cycle times (allowing the operator to shift the transmission and accomplish the full cycle of lowering, digging, and raising the bucket), larger fuel tanks, and increased performance of both the backhoe and loader.

They range in power from 73 to 99 horsepower (54 to 74 kW), and their loaders are able to lift from about 5,300-7,300 lb (2,400-3,300 kg). The backhoe on the largest L Series machine can excavate to a depth of almost 16 ft (5 m), and the Extendahoe (an adapter that increases the length of the stick) increases that to about 20 ft (6 m).

The Future

Despite the backhoe's well-established position in the construction industry, there is always room for improvement. Design modifications are driven by customer demand. As of 2000, the two primary areas where customers would like to see more improvements are in the ease of operation and the operator's comfort. The need for simple operation is forced by the fact that there are fewer skilled operators in the marketplace. And operations and reliability are both improving because of the continuing integration of electronics, automation, better engine technology, and on-board diagnostics. It is now up to the manufacturers to cost-effectively incorporate improvements.

The future of the backhoe depends not only on cost-effective design changes but cost consciousness in all aspects of operation including maintenance, durability, fuel efficiency, and resale value. The backhoe is its own best guarantee of a secure future. It is a versatile machine that is becoming even more flexible, thanks to modern technology linked with a proven track record.

Where to Learn More


Adkins, Jan. Heavy Equipment. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1980.

Nichols, Herbert L., Jr. Moving the Earth: The Workbook of Excavation. Greenwich, CT: North Castle Books, 1976.

Singh, Jagman. Heavy Construction: Planning Equipment and Methods. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: A. A. Balkema, 1993.

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