A backhoe, also called a rear actor or back actor, is a piece of excavating equipment or digger consisting of a digging bucket on the end of a two part articulating arm. They are typically mounted on the back of a tractor or front loader, the latter forming a "backhoe loader". The boom is the section of the arm closest to the vehicle. and the section that carries the bucket is known as the dipper or dipper-stick. 

Backhoe Loaders are general purpose tools, and have the ability to take on many tasks that arise on the job site. Normal attachments include tiltrotator, breaker, grapple, or auger. The backhoe's hydraulic capacity makes it a formidable machine on site. 


A Backhoe works by drawing the earth backwards, which how this distinguishable piece of equipment earned it name.