Miniature backhoes are available for purchase through major construction equipment companies such as Bobcat, John Deere and Caterpillar. Online auction sites such as eBay and Equipment Trader Online are additional resources for purchasing new and used compact excavators.
A miniature backhoe is a sensible solution for projects that involve a fair amount of excavating or digging, such as gardening or landscaping. It is also useful for trenching projects, such as installing new sewer pipes or updating a sprinkler system. Horse power, dig depth, arm configuration, tail swing style and a machine's lifetime hours are important characteristics to consider when purchasing a backhoe.