By: Courtney On: October 9, 2019 In: Blog Comments: 0

John Deere backhoes come with a variety of attachments that are designed to provide power with improved hydraulics, and a sleek design for operators working across different sites and applications.

John Deere’s new line of backhoe attachments, featuring the BH9B, BH10B and BH11B can all be used with the John Deere G-Series skid steers and compact track loaders. These new backhoe attachments provide contractors, landscapers and agricultural material handlers with the power and variety to handle any job efficiently.

Lets take a closer look at some of the features of these new attachments and the precautionary measures you should take before, during and after machine use.

Working in tight spaces

These attachments were designed with space in mind, meaning they are ideal when you don’t have a lot of room to work with. They provide swing speed control and 180-degree capabilities to maximise efficiency while improving stability.

Workspace visibility

Visibility does not have to be a concern when you’re working with these attachments. Each one has a low-profile design so operators have maximum visibility on the job.

Smooth operation

Operation is smoother than ever for customers, as cushioned cylinders are available to provide sleek operations and limit all shock loads during use.

Precise control

Customers have maximum control while working with these attachments as a result of the two-lever control of boom or swing (left lever) and dipstick or bucket (right lever).

Maximum dig depths

The BH9B has a maximum dig depth of 110 inches, while the BH10B has a maximum dig depth of 116 inches. For a little more, you can try the BH11BB, which has a maximum dig depth of 133 inches.

Dual lock arms

The dual lock arms of the backhoe quickly and easily latch onto the machine mainframe. Boom and swing lock levers ensure secure transport.

Backhoe safety tips before operation

  • Examine and check operational controls within the cab.
  • Put your seatbelt on before starting the engine.
  • Keep the backup alert turned on when initially starting and maneuvering the machine.

Backhoe safety tips during operation

  • To prevent collisions, reduce your speed while working in congested areas or while travelling on rough terrain.
  • Keep your bucket low to maintain maximum visibility, especially on slopes.
  • Do not allow more than one person in the cab. The backhoe is only designed for one operator.
  • Instead of driving forwards, go backwards up slopes, as most of the backhoe’s weight is in the rear of the machine.
  • Avoid turning on slopes to prevent the machine from overturning.
  • When using the loader, keep the loading surface smooth and level to minimise the risk of the machine tipping over.
  • To prevent cave-ins near an excavation site, work perpendicular to it or at a slight angle. This keeps the extra weight away from the edge.
  • Plan ahead if you’re digging a trench and contact local utility companies to locate underground wiring for safety.
  • When setting up to dig, make sure your stabilisers have a solid base to rest on.
  • Always place your soil pile at least three feet away from your excavation site to prevent a cave-in.

Backhoe safety tips after operation

  • Park your machine on a level surface when preparing to shut it down.
  • Move the F and R lever to neutral, then set the parking brake.
  • Lower the front attachment of the backhoe to the ground.
  • Utilise the turbo cool down feature as it will help you slow down the engine before turning it off entirely. If this is not an option on your backhoe, operate the engine at half-speed without a load for a few minutes.
  • Once the engine is off, move the hydraulic levers to release pressure. This will ensure that the attachments are not in a movable position.
  • Lock up the machine to prevent vandalism.

For more information on backhoe attachments and for advice on safety, contact your local John Deere dealer.

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