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Getting to Know the Equipment

Selecting the right piece of heavy equipment for your upcoming project should not be underestimated. While a backhoe and an excavator are similar, they are separate pieces of equipment that serve different purposes. Having a complete understanding of the various types of equipment and their uses can ensure that you always select the perfect option.

At Chamberlain Backhoe Service, we have a variety of equipment available to our clients. When you work with us, you can rest easy knowing that our equipment has been maintained consistently and thoroughly by our in-house mechanic. When a client calls for a job, the company often doesn’t know what we offer and what each piece of equipment does. Today, we provide you with a guide to our most popular choices.


If you're searching for the "jack-of-all-trades" of heavy construction tools, you're looking for a backhoe. It’s the most versatile piece of equipment available for a wide variety of jobs. The loader in front can move dirt or load trucks while the backhoe can be used for digging. Digging buckets vary in size from 12 inches wide to 48 inches wide.

Backhoes are adaptable and can be hooked up to multiple attachments, including the following:

  • Auger to drill holes

  • Hydraulic breaker for demolition

  • Compaction wheel to recompact dirt

  • Forks in the front to load or move pipe.

Compact Excavator

Due to its small size, the compact excavator is ideal for digging in tight areas. It can rotate a full 360 degrees with no tail swing and features digging buckets that vary in size from 12 inches wide to 36 inches wide. You can hook up this excavator to other attachments, including an auger, breaker, and compaction wheel. Another feature is this machine's ability to fit through doorways, accomplished by removing the canopy.

At Chamberlain Backhoe Service, the track width of our compact excavators varies from 3 feet wide to just over 5 wide feet, making them ideal to fit into areas with size restrictions.

Skid Steer/Compact Track Loader

Use the skid steer and compact track loader to move dirt in very tight areas. Due to their small size, both the skid steer and compact loader maintain maneuverability in small spaces. Both can hook up to auger, breaker and sweeper attachments. The main differences between the two are that the skid steer has rubber tires, and the compact track loader has rubber tracks.

The rubber tracks allow the latter to drive over trenches and has added stability on sloped terrain. You can also use the compact track loader in areas where the conditions are not conducive for walking or on sensitive surfaces.

John Deere 85 Mid-Size Excavator

The John Deere 85 Mid-Size Excavator is a specialty piece of equipment that perfectly combines the backhoe and compact excavator features. It can dig a similar depth as the backhoe, but it can also rotate a full 360 degrees like a compact excavator. The machine can articulate the cab and boom, allowing operators to dig alongside a wall or building.

It can hook up to the same attachments as the compact excavator, except that it can handle larger versions. At CBS, we use this machine in areas that tend to be tighter but require a more extended reach or dig depth than the compact excavator.

If you have questions about any available equipment, our team can discuss these in more depth during our initial consultation.

Fully Trained Operators & Equipment Rentals

Many clients don’t have operators on staff who know how to run every piece of heavy equipment used on job sites. If you are seeking expertise, then CBS can help. With our services, you’ll get both operator and equipment for a single price. Our operators are fully trained on the equipment, reducing the need to prepare your staff and decrease chances of accidents.

We can accommodate last-minute requests, so don’t hesitate to contact us! Our operators have been with CBS for many years and have the knowledge and experience to handle any job.

About CBS

Chamberlain Backhoe Service has been the go-to resource for heavy equipment rental and turnkey services in the Los Angeles area since 1957. We have a wide selection of equipment for nearly any type of construction job.

With us, you’ll get both the equipment and the operator. Describe the job to us and when you need it done, and we’ll take care of the rest. Talk to us today about your needs. Call (800) 498-4227. We look forward to working with you.


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