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How Do I Choose the Best Toy Backhoe?

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  • Edited By: Allegra J. Lingo
  • Last Modified Date: 26 March 2014
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You may want to think about a number of factors before purchasing a toy backhoe. It is very important to determine what type of toy backhoe you want because many types may be available. Some toys are small, while others are large enough to ride. Other types are are mainly for decorative purposes, and may be preferable for a collector.

Toy backhoes may range in size from very small to large enough to ride in or on, and the size of the toy may play a part in determining the price. Mechanical components could increase the price as well. Thinking about how much you want to pay before you begin shopping will help you to automatically eliminate toy backhoes that are out of your price range.

If you want a collectible model, you may want to look for a miniature toy backhoe with no moving parts. The price of nonmoving models may depend on the amount of detail and the craftsmanship used to create it. Collectible models are sometimes available in toy stores, but they are not necessarily meant for play. It may be best to keep collectibles on shelves where children cannot play with them.

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Many toy backhoes are small and meant for active play. They often have moveable components, such as spinning tires and a digging arm that can be put into motion. Many of the toys move by manual force, but battery-operated models may be available as well. You will need to consider how durable the item is, the age of the child, and how often he or she will play with it.

Some toy backhoes are large enough for a child to ride, and could be basic or include special features. For younger children, the toys may be simple plastic items that have wheels and an arm with a digging scoop that may have some range of motion. A fancier operational toy backhoe may utilize battery power so that a child can drive it around at low speed. Some also may have buttons that produce backhoe sound effects and a functional digger scoop.

A toy backhoe may be constructed from metal, plastic, wood, or some combination. Toys made from metal will likely last longer and will withstand heavy or rough use, but the possibility of rusting can be a disadvantage, especially if used outside. Plastic toys are usually less expensive but may not be as durable. A plastic or wood toy backhoe may be better for younger children to avoid potentially sharp metal edges.

You may want to buy a name brand toy backhoe designed to resemble a real backhoe. Many people have preferences about the brand of a backhoe, while others may like the color scheme used by particular brands. Some brands also may offer toys with characteristics unique to backhoes manufactured by certain companies.

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