One of the most versatile machines on any work site is the backhoe. If you…
Backhoe contractors are amongst the busiest workers in the earth moving industry. In fact, backhoes are often in such demand that heavy equipment hire yards have waiting lists for available machinery. One of the qualities that makes a backhoe a popular choice is its versatility.
For operators, a day’s work for their backhoe could range from digging a trench to removing debris from a demolition site. Along they way they may be required to use any number of attachments for jobs such as breaking up concrete. Because backhoes are so versatile, they require skilled operators, operators that know how to use their machines and know how to use the various attachments.
Becoming a backhoe contractor is not as difficult as you may think. Training is the first step and when selecting a training company, you really should look at those that are accredited to deliver nationally recognized training. That is a sign of a well respected heavy equipment training company.
Following your training you should find employment for a business that uses backhoes in a variety of situations. This is where you can develop your skills and become a truly professional operator. It is also an ideal environment for networking and building a reputation for being a skilled operator.
The final step is the hardest – and most expensive. Once you have developed a network of businesses that regularly use backhoe contractors, and a reputation for being one of the best, you will need to acquire a backhoe of your own. They are expensive and many new contractors look to buy older used models. Just remember that with a used backhoe, or any piece of heavy equipment, you could be buying someone else’s problem machine. Give the backhoe a good workout before outlaying any cash.
Backhoe contractors earn a good living, they are their own boss and can set their own work hours and work days. It can be a hard road getting there but you will never achieve it unless you take those first steps. Those steps start with quality heavy equipment training.