Backhoe loaders are the most widely used construction equipment in India for their versatility and mobility. They can be used both as excavators and as loaders.

Leading backhoe loader manufacturers in India include Cat, Case, JCB, John Deere and Komatsu.

Mahindra EarthMaster backhoe loader is a newer entry in the segment with huge potential to grow.

Recently, the exemplary features of the Mahindra EarthMaster backhoe loader bagged an order from a trusted engineering company.

Comparing the features of the Mahindra EarthMaster backhoe loader with the JCB backhoe loader, the purchase manager found the EarthMaster to be superior in engine capacity and torque.

Mahindra EarthMaster backhoe loader has a Gross Horse Power of 83 PS @ 2300 RPM versus the JCB backhoe loader model JCB 3DX’s 76 HP @ 2200rpm.

Earth Master’s Peak Gross Torque is 321 Nm @ 1300-1700 RPM versus JCB’s 310 Nm @ 1100 RPM. Torque is a measure of the machine’s ability to turn and accelerate, and helps the backhoe loader perform better. Higher torque is especially helpful for loading, dozing and leveling applications.

“Together, these two features promise higher digging force and therefore, higher productivity. Moreover, the reach/capacity of Mahindra EarthMaster backhoe loader’s buckets was further than the JCB,” said the manager.

Mahindra EarthMaster backhoe loaders are equipped with a banana boom which defines the machine’s maximum digging height and the maximum dump height.

The excavator of the Mahindra EarthMaster backhoe loader offers a maximum digging depth of 4891mm and maximum dump height of 4350mm.

When the Mahindra EarthMaster functions as a loader, the maximum dump height is 2716mm, load over height is 3278 mm, reach at ground is 1360mm and maximum reach at full height is 1091mm.

The EarthMaster’s VX variant boasts a 0.27 cubic metre backhoe bucket and a 1.1 cubic metre loader bucket versus the JCB’s 0.24 cubic metre.

The purchase manager was pleased to find that the higher engine capacity of the Mahindra EarthMaster backhoe loader was a standard feature of the machine, which does not compromise on fuel efficiency.

“Our back-of-the-envelope calculations show that we can expect 20% to 25% lower operations costs on machine maintenance and fuel. The Mahindra EarthMaster backhoe loader demands fewer oil changes,” he said.

The stated hydraulic oil requirement of the Mahindra EarthMaster backhoe loader is 105 litres, of which 50 litres is the service replacement requirement and the stated change interval is 2000 hours. The stated oil change interval for real axle oil is 1500 hours, for engine oil it is 500 hours and for transmission oil it is 1000 hours.

“Our upfront investment saving will be between 15% and 17% despite opting for the inbuilt extended warranty instead of standard warranty,” the manager added.