Caterpillar Inc. (CAT), a global vendor of heavy land based equipment from Peoria, Illinois, is well known as the largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment in the world. One of the machines that do this is the backhoe / loader, commonly used in small ditches and work for companies of public services. The machine is not without problems.
Caterpillar has started since the last decades of the 1800s, and is known for its excavators (conducted on the tracks), and the largest mining truck, the CAT 797E. CAT has earned a reputation for producing machines seen as the “gold standard” of heavy equipment in the industry.
The CAT backhoe works as any other brand. Its main component is a tractor powered by a diesel engine, and has massive hydraulic systems for front and rear attachments. The front of the machine is a loader bucket-shaped, usually with a capacity of one cubic yard, which is used to move large amounts of land to establish degrees and loading trucks. The back hoe has a digging tool consisting of a main arm, a secondary arm (rocker) and a small toothed hub assembly designed to rip through compacted soil and cement. The end of “hoe” tractor is commonly used for ditches residential utility companies, such as energy, telephone and cable television, and is small compared to most other CAT machines.
Case against CAT backhoe
The CAT backhoe is considered by the operators of construction as the fastest backhoe in terms of daily production of trenches and the most reliable by the number of hours between breakdowns. In the 1980s, CAT decided to start making its own backhoe. One might assume that a company that can successfully produce one of the world largest lands moving equipment could be equally adept at making the smallest backhoe; however, this was not the case. The first models had more common problems, including a slow hydraulic and excess gross weight.
CAT backhoes problems
Cat, however, operates at a much slower rate than CASE. The speed boom for a Cat, the rate at which the operator can rule out a bucket of dirt aside, and after further digging, is slow and has never equaled the speed of the CASE. The CAT backhoe brakes have also been a problem, not because they are inefficient, but because they are always loud and irritating for anyone in a nearby area.
Cost of a CAT
Typically, a CASE backhoe, basic and stripped cost about US $ 45,000, while a similar model from CAT cost about US $ 10,000 or US $ 15,000 more, probably because it carries the name Caterpillar (prices as they were in November 2009). Regardless of the problems that have a CAT backhoe when compared with other popular brands, it remains a powerful and reliable, with a reputation worthy of the CAT name.