How Much Does a Backhoe Weigh?

Matt at Centex Excavation
Author: MattPublished: December 12, 2022 Updated: April 10, 2023 • Filed Under: Equipment and Machinery

When contemplating the purchase of a backhoe, it’s important to consider how much it will weigh.

Heavy machinery can be difficult and expensive to transport, so you’ll want to make sure you buy one that is the right size and weight for your needs. In this blog post, we’ll take an in-depth look at the different types of backhoes on the market today and what their approximate weights are.

What Is a Backhoe?

A backhoe is a piece of construction equipment that features a digging bucket on the end of an articulated arm.

It is commonly used for excavating and trenching applications, as well as other heavy-duty work such as demolishing buildings or lifting large objects.

The arm of a backhoe is usually powered by hydraulics, allowing for precise movements and powerful digging capabilities.

Types of Backhoes

There are two main types of backhoes on the market today: wheeled and tracked.

Wheeled backhoes are typically more maneuverable than tracked models and they often feature four-wheel drive capability for increased traction when working in rugged terrain.

They are also typically lighter than tracked models. Tracked backhoes offer greater stability when working in uneven ground or wet conditions, but they are generally heavier than their wheeled counterparts.

The type of backhoe is a key factor in how much they weigh.

Weights of Wheeled Backhoes

The average weight of a wheeled backhoe varies depending on its size and capabilities; however, most range from around 12,000 pounds (5443 kg) to 16,000 pounds (7257 kg).

Smaller models may weigh slightly less while larger models can surpass 20,000 pounds (9072 kg).

Weights of Tracked Backhoes

Tracked backhoes tend to be much heavier than wheeled models due to their higher levels of stability and traction.

Most tracked units range from about 18,000 pounds (8165 kg) to 30,000 pounds (13608 kg), although some larger models may exceed 40,000 pounds (18143 kg).

Know the weight of your equipment for your next project.

When purchasing a new or used backhoe it’s important to keep in mind that there are significant differences between wheeled and tracked models in terms of weight.

Wheeled units tend to be lighter but less stable than tracked ones while tracked units offer greater stability but come with more bulkier weights.

Consider your project requirements carefully before making your final decision so that you get exactly what you need without excess costs or hassle!

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Matt is a highly experienced heavy equipment operator with over two decades of experience in the construction industry. His expertise covers a wide range of machinery and project types, and he is known for his focus on safety, efficiency, and problem-solving. Matt's commitment to delivering high-quality work within deadlines and budgets has made him highly respected at Centex Excavation and the excavation industry.

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