Loader-backhoes are a cross between an excavator and a wheel loader. They are generally used for loading with the front bucket (like a small wheel loader) and excavating or digging trenches with the back (like an excavator). They are a very popular rental machine due to their versatility and because they don’t require a truck/trailer for transport and instead can be roaded short distances to a jobsite (longer distances require a truck/trailer). Backhoes come standard with a .75yd-1yd front loader bucket and have a max dig depth from 14’-19’ depending upon model and configuration. Most are equipped with 4-wheel drive. Many are equipped with auxiliary hydraulics on the boom which allows for the use of hydraulic hammers and compactors.
Landscape tractors are equipped with a bucket on the front and a 3-point hitch on the back. The 3-point hitch typically is equipped with a box blade that is used for leveling driveways, road surfaces and parking lots. The front bucket can be used for loading material. Many landscape tractors are equipped with front quick-hitches which allow the use of a bucket or a set of forks for lift-and-place work.