Backhoe Simulator

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The Backhoe Simulator replicates the machine’s hydraulic systems, transmission, and interaction with the worksite for a completely realistic experience. This heavy-duty simulator is the most cost-effective and efficient way to train operators in a risk-free environment while avoiding wear and tear on equipment. Now, operators can learn backhoe duties such as trenching, pipe stringing, and load handling in realistic worksites before stepping foot in the actual machine.


  • Highly detailed simulation with realistic lessons teaching proper operating technique in a virtual environment
  • Actual John Deere controls provide the experience of a real machine with true-to-life swappable controls
  • Integrated motion platform creates true-to-life simulation, creating realistic bucket force, trenching, loading, and soil behavior
  • Progressive learning program covers trenching, pipe stringing and load handling
  • Performance metrics and reporting measures skill level
  • Single or triple monitor display
  • Intuitive operator touch screen
  • Rugged, purpose-built PC
  • Simple setup combined with portability allows for rapid deployment
  • Reusable shipping and storage crate


  • 310SL HL Backhoe
  • Net power: 82 kW (110 HP)
  • Weight: 7,516 kg (18,231 lbs.)
  • Digging Depth: 4.59 m (14 ft. 10 in.)
  • Operator Controls: ISO and SAE
  • Joystick Control Patterns

Swappable Controls

Convert your simulator to a different machine in a matter of minutes with swappable controls. True-to-life control sets are available for these John Deere construction machines:

  • Backhoe
  • Crawler Dozer
  • Excavator
  • Wheel Loader
  • Motor Grader

Backhoe Lessons

  • Basic Controls
  • Loading and Unloading Trailer
  • Trenching
  • Truck Loading
  • Load Handling
  • Skills Challenge
  • Sandbox

Why train on simulators?

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Learn Safely

Practice challenging real-world operations, in complete safety.

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Gain Measurability

Enhance jobsite productivity and efficiency by utilizing the simulator’s log and record of key metrics.

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Train Anytime

Simulators allow you to train 24/7 without tying up a machine that could be delivering valuable production.

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Reduce Wear

When you’re still learning, you can be hard on equipment. Get your operator up to speed and running smoothly before operating the real machine.