Yes just depends on the use case. If you have 100 acres and need to travel across it to get to a work site....it will take forever in an excavator. So many differences here you really can't compare them directly. Just for digging of course, but that is like saying a truck isn't as good at racing as a race car is.Ha. I saw this video as well.
No question that an excavator will "out dig" a backhoe. But let's see who wins when you have to move the pile of spoils to another area at the site without a dump truck... or, which do you think is faster at backfilling IF the backhoe operator had used his noggin and loader bucket? Pretty flawed demonstration.
I'd have to admit that my least favorite excavator task is backfilling without using the front blade.
I've said it before. The backhoe is still the "King" on a construction site.
I am surprised no one pointed out that the backhoe weighs almost twice the amount the excavator does.All good points, and the Backhoe is still king of versatility.
I'm not sure that's appropriate in this case. A 10 ton excavator would have demolished the BH in their "staged events."This is sort of like comparing the performance of a BX tractor to a L2501.
I think a more fair comparison would be between equal weight machines.
Working in the construction industry for 30+ yrs I can guarantee an excavator of equal size will out perform a backhoe when excavating any day of the week. Most serious contractors run excavators for excavating and SSL's or wheel loaders to move material. The vast majority of end users that buy TLB's now are municipalities.I watched about a third of the video and man was that a put on.
The backhoe operator started out great, but when it came to getting near the finish I believe the company told him to back off because you could see him gnawing at the hole with several bucket rotations before he picked up a load, If I was in that backhoe I would have dug a hole in the time allotted and pushed that excavator in there . Ha!Ha!
The excavators are usually smaller and on tracks which don't damage lawns and such as a wheeled tractor does.
Now for large jobs like digging a lake a large excavator will do the job, but I think you are better off with a D8 or 12 caterpillar.
Each piece does a certain job, comparing one with the other is idiotic.
I believe these videos are for the newbies, the long time users know better.
Just my opinion and I am stickin to it.
I got rid of my backhoe attachment and bought an excavator. Nothing like diggin the base of a tree with one scoop then pushing the tree over roots and all then tearing all the branches off and putting them in a pile for burning, all within about 3 minutes.Again, good points. The only reason I posted it was that I may end up with a micro excavator in addition to my tractor, and was watching lots of vids for pros & cons, and techniques.
If it works out that I get it, I will probably remove the backhoe from the tractor and put the box blade back on, giving me more versatility without having to swap any implements.
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