The backhoe loader has a bucket at the front and a backhoe at the rear. Most use two large wheels at the rear of the chassis to power the vehicle, and two smaller wheels at the front to steer. A principal advantage of the machine is its ability to be driven moderate distances between job sites.
Backhoe loaders are available in a broad range of sizes, with horsepower ratings that range from around 25 to 150, and with standard backhoe digging depths that range from less than 10 feet to more than 17 feet. With an extendable dipper stick, digging depths can exceed 21 feet for some models.