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The backhoe loader was originally developed by modifying agricultural or industrial tractors. They include a front loader bucket and a rear hydraulic excavator arm. They typically have a rigid chassis, although articulated models are available, and most fall in the 40-100 horsepower range, with both 2 wheel and 4 wheel-drive options available.
There is no tradition of using backhoe loaders in China, and sales have never risen above a few hundred units per year. However, backhoe loader production is an order of magnitude greater.
Despite the pandemic, more backhoe loaders continue to be sold in India than the rest of the world combined.
Sales are falling sharply this year due to the pandemic and lockdown, but the market for these enormously popular machines will rebound.