Ford 4500 Backhoe Specs

by Michael Gunderson
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A backhoe is a piece of heavy-duty, mechanical equipment similar to a tractor. Backhoes have an arm and bucket mounted on the front of the machine. The difference between a backhoe and a bulldozer is that the backhoe digs dirt backward; a bulldozer lifts it in a forward motion. Backhoes are effective in tight areas because they are more compact than other construction equipment. Uses for backhoes include agricultural projects such as farming, clearing land and moving trees. Larger backhoes are used for construction, demolition and excavation. Modern backhoes are equipped with attachments such as tilt rotators and breakers. The Ford 4500 backhoe was manufactured until the late 1970s.


The dimensions of the backhoe are 23 feet 4 inches in length by 7 feet 4 inches in width by 13 feet in height. The backhoe weighs 9,604 lbs.

Loader Dump and Buckets

The maximum dump height is 9 feet 1 inch. The bucket capacity is 1.15 cubic yards. Buckets are available in 12, 18, 24 and 36 inch depths. The bucket breakout force is 12,250 lbs.

Engine and Brakes

The three-cylinder engine's horsepower is 60 to 85. The backhoe is equipped with mechanical wet disc brakes and power steering.


The digging depth of the backhoe is 16 inches. The maximum digging reach is 18 feet 6 inches.


The Ford 4500 backhoe has a standard four-shuttle transmission. Shuttle-type transmissions allow forward and reverse shifting without depressing the clutch pedal. The backhoe can be shifted four gears forward and four gears in reverse. The transmission is shifted with two stick controls.

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