The TX970B backhoe loader combines the versatility of a wheel loader with the functionality of an excavator. Like wheel loaders it has dual steering and can switch from digging a trench to bringing in material to backfilling with ease. Plus, the backhoe end features piloted joystick controls so the machine can operate like an excavator. At 17,633 pounds, it can dig up to a maximum of 15 feet 11 inches and lift 8783 pounds. Terex Construction Americas, 662-393-1800, www.terexamericas.com .