A1968 Rock Products article comparing the two types of machines stated, "on most jobs, a power shovel (not hydraulic) with a particular bucket size will produce about the same amount of material over a given time as a tractor shovel
(wheel loader) with twice the bucket capacity." The cost of a 6-cu.-yd.
This so-called Hough tractor shovel
was based on the mast-frame-style loader, but it was heavy enough to withstand the rigors of excavation and was even able to dig basements, a task previously the exclusive province of dipper-stick and dragline diggers.
He said that there was a need for procuring two mechanical vacuum sweepers, four compactors, two tractor shovels
and a tractor blade.
The new fleet of vehicles includes 20 three-wheeler dumpers, 18 garbage containers, four water bowser, two trucks, an excavator and four tractor shovels