Backhoes are the swiss-army knife of the construction site. Backhoes are used mainly for digging, excavation, demolition, and other medium-sized construction projects. The term “backhoe” refers to the action of the digging bucket, which scoops earth backward towards the machine, rather than lifting it with a forward motion like a person with a shovel or bulldozer.
The part of the backhoe arm that is attached to the tractor is called the boom. The section that holds the digger bucket is called the dipper or dipper-stick. Backhoes can be fitted with hydraulic power attachments like hammers, rippers, brooms, and augers, which can be used for tasks like lifting, digging, and breaking up rocky soil.