Is a 4-Wheel-Drive Backhoe Necessary for my Job?
Article by Roberto Guerrieri, published on July 3, 2013
Filed under Excavation
Contractors encounter different types of working areas for different construction contracts. The prevailing season also determines if the ground will be wet or dry. You cannot turn down a job on the basis of unfavorable working ground; a backhoe will tackle that anytime.
To answer the question if you want to have peace of mind and confidence that you can work on any given terrain, then it is necessary to have a 4-wheel drive backhoe for all your jobs. It is efficient on muddy, slippery, loose surfaces and rough terrains. A 4-wheel drive backhoe is very stable especially if you are carrying a load using the front-end loader. The same is true when you have a load on the bucket. The front end tires keep the load moving even if you lose traction on the rear tires.
Your working space is another determinant factor. Some construction sites are large that the wheeled backhoe will be more useful to traverse the construction area while doing petty jobs like moving construction materials from one place to the other, or clearing dirt. However, some construction sites are very small; this is where the issue of maneuverability comes in. Are you able to fit and function properly in a compact area? If you are on a 4-wheel drive backhoe loader then this will be a walk in the park. It allows you to steer the front and rear tires separately. This makes your movement very flexible since you can move sideways and make small radius turns by moving both sets of tires in the same direction and in opposite directions consecutively.
As a contractor, you cannot function optimally without a 4-wheel drive backhoe loader. You need to be prepared to handle any type of a job any time, any day. This machine will enhance your efficiency.