Driving a Backhoe

   

I maneuvered a backhoe for the first time today. A few workers were using the backhoe to remove the mudslide on our neighbor’s property. I asked them if they could teach me how to drive it. They were more than happy to teach me. As a matter of fact, I didn’t know that this machine was called a backhoe. I had so much fun driving it.
First, I drove it from the loader side. It would have been more fun if it was automatic than manual. Then the owner of the backhoe reversed the operator’s seat to the bucket side. Using the backhoe side was more interesting than the loader side. Its mechanism was interesting. The stabilizer legs aren’t shown clearly in the picture, but they are the ones that stabilizes the machine by stabilizing it to the ground. The stabilizer legs are used when you want the bucket to dig. There were two main sticks on the driver’s side that were responsible to move the boom: right and left, and up and down. One of the main sticks also causes the bucket to curl and uncurl. The two small sticks at the bottom of the main sticks are used for the stabilizer legs.

The anatomy of the backhoe are at the following url:

http://s.hswstatic.com/gif/backhoe-loader-sideview.jpg

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