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backhoe

[′bak ‚hō]
(mechanical engineering)
An excavator fitted with a hinged arm to which is rigidly attached a bucket that is drawn toward the machine in operation. Also known as backacter; backdigger; dragshovel; pullshovel.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

backhoe

backhoe attachment on a crane
An excavating machine for cutting trenches; a boom-mounted bucket moves toward the machine, cutting the ground like a hoe; then the machine turns away from the cut to permit the operator to dump the soil.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The Queen's Award for Innovation has been handed to JCB in Wrexham for developing a product called TorqueLock which is fitted to the company's biggest selling product, the backhoe loader.
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The use of quick couplers with loaders, which allow for the easy change-out of attachments, has become an increasingly popular trend as wheel loaders and loader backhoes are required to multi-task on the job, says LeBlanc.
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