Whether you call it a backhoe loader, digger, TLB (Tractor-Loader- Backhoe) or simply backhoe, chances are if you are from the United States you hear the name and instantly think “CASE 580 K”.
A backhoe is a type of construction equipment that has a tractor like shape with a loader bucket on the front and a backhoe at the rear. Due to their versatility, you have probably seen CASE 580’s on construction sites, utility work sites, road and ditch projects or just about every residential construction site you have ever driven past. There are so many 580’s out there that you probably thought, as did I, that CASE was the inventor of the backhoe. As it turns out they were not.
The backhoe loader was actually invented in 1953 by JCB (J.C. Bamford Excavators Limited) in the UK. JCB was founded in 1945 by Joseph Cyril Bamford and is currently the third largest construction equipment manufacturer in the world. JCB has produced so many backhoes that throughout much of Europe, these machines are simply referred to as JCB’s.
Today many of the major construction equipment manufacturers like Caterpillar, John Deere, Hitachi, Ford, Komatsu and others offer backhoe loaders in their lineup. Because of the wide variety of tasks they can perform, precise operator control and relatively small size, these machines have become one of the world’s most popular pieces of construction equipment.
So next time you see a backhoe on a job site, or hear someone mention a backhoe, will you now think JCB, continue to think of CASE, or better yet will you remember reading this and the other interesting articles on Tractor-Part.com?We certainly hope it’s the latter and as always, we invite you to share your thoughts, insights or advice.