The most important thing when looking for a tractor backhoe attachment is to find one that works with your tractor. It is best to contact the manufacturer of the attachment or of the tractor to make sure a certain attachment will work properly. The ease with which the tractor backhoe attachment can be installed and uninstalled should also be a consideration, especially if you intend to remove or install the unit often. It helps to decide beforehand what you will use the attachment for so you know what size to get, which buckets or other accessories you will need, and so on.
Try to find a backhoe attachment that features outriggers. These are hydraulic arms that extend outward from the backhoe attachment to provide added stability to the vehicle during use. Many attachments feature these outriggers for safety, but some older models may lack them; try to avoid a tractor backhoe attachment that does not feature outriggers, as this may pose a safety risk.
The size of the bucket as well as the boom of the tractor backhoe attachment will dictate what types of jobs the unit can be used for. Determine what types of jobs you are likely to use the machine for on a regular basis, and find the appropriate size of backhoe attachment. Before going ahead and purchasing that tractor backhoe attachment, however, make sure your tractor is rated to handle the weight of the attachment, both unloaded and under load. An attachment that is too large for your tractor may lead to safety issues or damage to the tractor and the attachment itself.
Buy from a reputable dealer who offers fair prices, warranties, return policies, and parts agreements. Research the different brands before you go shopping so you are educated about the products, and buy only from dealers who are willing to give you the information you need to make an informed decision. Warranties should cover manufacturer's defects, and the dealer should offer some sort of return policy should the item be defective. Many dealers are willing to give parts agreements, which means the dealer guarantees replacement parts and accessories will be available to you through the dealer over a set period of time. This is important because sometimes parts for specific brands can be difficult to obtain, so signing a parts agreement ensures you will be able to get the parts you need when you need them.