When buying a cheap backhoe, it's important not to skimp when it comes to size, digging depth, transmission choices and sideshifting capability. The larger the backhoe, the more expensive it is, even when buying it used, but it's important to get a machine that provides the necessary power and flexibility.
A backhoe's digging range runs between 9 and 16 feet. Horsepower is not as important a consideration because a backhoe relies on hydraulics to power its tools rather than the engine. Because the backhoe and loader do not have the same power, the buyer must research the necessary capacity for the job before making a purchase.
Sideshifting allows the machine to dig a trench parallel to the machine's path, providing extra flexibility when space is a consideration. This capability adds significant cost to the machine, so those looking for a value should be sure that they need that feature.
Some people purchase backhoes and other types of equipment through such auction sites as eBay. While it might be relatively simple to return a defective DVD, returning a defective backhoe is a major inconvenience. Looking at the seller's feedback ratings, finding out if the seller offers a return policy and whether the policy includes a money-back guarantee is wise. The best sellers on such sites as eBay often receive a badge or other icon designating that status on the item page.