The smallest compact backhoe with a 16-inch bucket weighs 2,650 pounds. Big backhoes with a bucket that can hold 1 cubic yard weigh about 16,000 pounds. So you are probably going to transport these machines on a trailer, which means that how you secure this load is regulated by federal laws. Many traffic patrolmen know these laws by heart, and the most basic of these regulations is that anything that weighs more than 1,500 pounds must be secured to the trailer or flatbed with chains, not adjustable, synthetic webbing.

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Backhoes have a bucket on the front and a boom in the back.

Step 1

Haul the backhoe on a flatbed trailer or flatbed truck that has chain keepers, chain binders or other tie-down features inside the trailer or flatbed rub rails. Chain binders are ratcheting devices that tighten chains by pulling one end of a chain toward another end of the same chain.

Step 2

Use marked, grade-70 transport chain. Federal rules do not require the chain to be marked but unmarked chain is assumed to be grade-30 chain. And any backhoe that a traffic officer believes weighs more than 10,000 pounds must be tied down with grade-70 chain.

Step 3

Secure backhoes that weigh less than 10,000 pounds to the trailer or flatbed truck with a chain and a binder at both the front and rear of the load. Backhoes that weigh more than 10,000 pounds must be secured by four chains and four chain binders, one at each corner of the backhoe.

Step 4

Tie the booms of backhoes and excavators to the flatbed with a fifth chain and chain binder. The booms of very small backhoes may be secured with yellow, 2-inch synthetic webbing.