This report updates our last analysis of backhoe loaders from September, 2014. Backhoe loaders combine the two basic functions of earthmoving equipment, digging and loading. The machine is essentially a tractor platform equipped with a loader on the front end and a backhoe on the rear. Backhoe loaders are extremely versatile, because they can be outfitted with a large variety of attachments that perform multiple tasks. Thus, backhoe loaders can be found being used in a number of different applications, from just about every type of construction site to landscaping and general construction site cleanup.
Backhoe loaders are categorized by their horsepower strength. Machines with engines rated above 60 horsepower are considered standard models, while the less powerful models generally rated below 60 Hp are classified as compact backhoes. The standard backhoes have consistently outsold their compact counterparts over the years and usually account for about xx percent of total sales. Each type of machine has its virtues: Standard backhoes are more powerful and more versatile, while compacts are less costly and are better suited for working in tight quarters.
This report covers both standard and compact backhoe loaders. We provide sales and production data for the last five years, examine market and technology trends, break down sales according to region, estimate the levels of imports and exports and field population, and provide a five-year forecast of sales and production. The report concludes with profiles of the major companies participating in the market and a summary of the machines they offer. Table 1 summarizes the report’s key findings.