Bulldozer vs. Backhoe

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Main Difference

The main difference between Bulldozer and Backhoe is that the Bulldozer is a tracked vehicle equipped with a substantial metal plate and Backhoe is a excavating equipment consisting of a digging bucket on the end of a two-part articulated arm

  • Bulldozer

    A bulldozer is a crawler (continuous tracked tractor) equipped with a substantial metal plate (known as a blade) used to push large quantities of soil, sand, rubble, or other such material during construction or conversion work and typically equipped at the rear with a claw-like device (known as a ripper) to loosen densely compacted materials.

    Bulldozers can be found on a wide range of sites, mines and quarries, military bases, heavy industry factories, engineering projects and farms.

    The term “bulldozer” correctly refers only to a tractor (usually tracked) fitted with a dozer blade.

  • Backhoe

    A backhoe — also called rear actor or back actor — is a type of excavating equipment, or digger, consisting of a digging bucket on the end of a two-part articulated arm. It is typically mounted on the back of a tractor or front loader, the latter forming a “backhoe loader” (a US term, but known as a “JCB” in Ireland and the UK). The section of the arm closest to the vehicle is known as the boom, while the section that carries the bucket is known as the dipper (or dipper-stick), both terms derived from steam shovels. The boom is generally attached to the vehicle through a pivot known as the king-post, which allows the arm to pivot left and right, usually through a total of 180 to 200 degrees.

  • Bulldozer (noun)

    A tractor with an attached blade for pushing earth and building debris for coarse preliminary surface grading, demolishing building structures, etc.

  • Bulldozer (noun)

    One who bulldozes.

  • Bulldozer (noun)

    A member of a self-identified group of white US Southerners who colluded to influence outcomes of post-Reconstruction elections by intimidating, coercing and bullying black voters and legislators, including burning down houses and churches, flogging and murdering opponents.

  • Bulldozer (noun)

    A bully; an overbearing individual.

  • Bulldozer (verb)

    To bulldoze (push through forcefully).

  • Backhoe (noun)

    A piece of excavating equipment consisting of a digging bucket or scoop on the end of an articulated arm, drawn backwards to move earth.

  • Backhoe (noun)

    A multi-purpose tractor with a front-mounted loading bucket and a rear-mounted digging bucket.

  • Backhoe (verb)

    To excavate using such equipment.

  • Bulldozer (noun)

    a powerful track-laying tractor with caterpillar tracks and a broad curved upright blade at the front for clearing ground.

  • Bulldozer (noun)

    a person or group exercising irresistible force, especially in disposing of opposition

    “the new Duke was a political bulldozer”

Oxford Dictionary

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