180° excavators are widely used throughout the construction industry. For most of us, we know them as Backhoe Loaders, or anyone in the UK would refer to it as a JCB. Alongside JCB, Komatsu and Caterpillar, are among the most popular manufacturers of backhoe loaders.
As backhoe loaders are an incredibly versatile piece of equipment, they are commonly found on all construction sites. The difficulty that companies often have is finding suitably qualified staff, especially to operate a machine of this power and weight.
If they are not used correctly, accidents are bound to happen. Which is why training is so important. Find out why you should consider booking onto our N201 NPORS Excavator 180 course today.
WHAT IS A BACKHOE LOADER, AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR?
The first backhoe loader was created by Whitlock Bros in 1951. However the most iconic manufacturer of a backhoe loader is JCB.
A backhoe loader is a type of excavating machine typically used in construction. It consists of a digging bucket on the end of a two-part articulated arm. The digger boom is normally attached to the machine through a pivot known as the king-post. This will allow the arm to pivot left and right up to 180 degrees. The term backhoe refers to the hydraulic arms and hinged bucket at the rear of the machine that are used to excavate material.
Backhoe loads are exceptionally useful on a construction site, due to their long list of capabilities including:
- Digging trenches
- Clearing ditches
- Transporting materials
- Lifting materials
- Demolition work
They are also excellent for digging below the level of the machine, which is usually up to at least 14 feet deep. The bucket alone can be used for many different tasks. Additionally, with the use of various hydraulic attachments, the possibilities are endless.
ARE THEY ROAD LEGAL?
Most backhoe loaders don’t rely on needing transport to reach construction sites. They can often be driven as opposed to being carried on a trailer, or a low loader. Backhoe loaders can travel up to speeds of about 25 mph.
WHAT WILL BE COVERED IN THE N201 NPORS EXCAVATOR 180 COURSE?
Our N201 NPORS Excavator 180 course runs for 1 – 10 days. This will depend on whether there is any existing experience or not. It is best to get in touch with us to find out how long you will need on the course.
Once you are qualified, the certificate will be valid for up to 5 years before it will need renewing.
For any individuals booking onto our N201 NPORS Excavator 180 course, the course will cover:
- Locating and identify key controls and explain their functions
- Preparing the backhoe loader for use
- Operating the machine safely and efficiently
- Conducting all necessary safety checks at the work area
The course will be marked with an NPORS Theory assessment made up of open questions and multiple choice, and then a practical assessment.
OTHER EXCAVATOR COURSES AVAILABLE AT THE DIGGERLAND PLANT TRAINING SCHOOL
Not only do we offer the N201 NPORS Excavator 180 course available, we can also offer the following excavator related courses:
- N202 360 Excavator course
- N726 Quick Hitch Awareness course
- N100 Excavator as a Crane course
- N132 Plant Mover course
- N722 Material Re-handler 360 course
If you want to pair this course with another type of plant machinery, we have the choice of roller, dumper and telehandler courses as well.
We are open from 8am – 6pm Monday to Sunday. If you would like to book onto our courses, we can arrange a date and time to suit you or your company.
CONTACT OUR INSTRUCTORS TO BOOK TODAY!
The Diggerland Plant Training School is in the prime location for any aspiring operators. As we are based at Diggerland, we have a large range of construction equipment available to use for learning purposes.
If you’re looking to book onto any of our construction courses, in particular our N201 NPORS Excavator 180 course, we have instructors on hand to help.
Please feel free to email us today if you have any questions, or you can give us a call on: 01634 295355 to discuss our excavator courses in detail.