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General Details
Name:  Backhoe
Type (Category):  Equipment (Melee)
Reference:  TechManual (p. 241)

Description:
The backhoe is a common commercial and industrial tool, designed primarily for excavating soil. It is a frequent sight on Support Vehicles and IndustrialMechs, but almost never appears on BattleMechs or battlefield units. Typically forged from thick industrial steel, the bucket of a backhoeówhile large and ungainlyócan pack quite a wallop as an improvised physical combat weapon for an IndustrialMech, but it is functionally useless in combat otherwise.

The Clansí relative disdain of IndustrialMechs means that Clanmade backhoes only ever turn up on their Support Vehicles.

Game Rules:
Note that Hover and WiGE units may not use a Backhoe unless they have first landed (stopped in the previous turn and spent 0 MP in that turn) and are adjacent to the target. Naval units equipped with Backhoes may only use them while stationary (spending 0 MP in that turn) and directly adjacent to a target.
Unit Type Availability
BattleMechsIndustrialMechs
Primitive/Inner Sphere Data (BattleMechs)
Prototype Date:  
Production Date:  PS
Extinction Date:  
Recovery Date:  

BattleMech Specific Construction Rules
May be mounted on Primitive/Inner Sphere units in accordance with the following construction rules:
 Not allowed if Land-Air (Bimodal), or Land-Air (Standard) is selected for the unitís Chassis
 May only be mounted in the Arms if Biped, or Tripod is selected for the unitís Chassis
 May only be mounted in the Side Torsos if Quad, or QuadVee is selected for the unitís Chassis
 May only be mounted in the Arms if a Lower Arm Actuator is present in the same location
 Not allowed if Hand Actuator is mounted in the same location
 Not allowed if location already contains one Backhoe, Chainsaw, Combine, Dual Saw, Heavy-Duty Pile Driver, Mining Drill, Rock Cutter, Salvage Arm, or Wrecking Ball (two if the unit is a Superheavy)

WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT COMBAT AND CONSTRUCTION TABLE
Heat (Aero)
Damage (Aero)
Range (Aero)
Rating
Availability
Cost (C-bills)
Weight (Tons)
Criticals
Battle Value
Direct-Fire
Explosive
0 (–)
6 (–)
–/1/–/– (–)
B
B-B-B-B
50,000
5
6
8.000

RULES LEVEL PROGRESSION TABLE
Start Year
End Year
Rules Level
PS
Standard

ALPHA STRIKE WEAPON CONVERSION TABLE
Heat
Short
Medium
Long
Extreme
Special Abilities
Engineering, Melee

Special Unit Abilities
The special unit abilities described here are intended for use with the Alpha Strike rule system:
 Engineering (ENG)
A unit with this special ability can clear woods just like a unit with the Saw special ability. In addition, a unit with this ability can clear a path through rubble. It takes 1 turn for a group of 4 or more units with the Engineering special to clear a 2Ē long path of rubble, 2 turns for 3 units, 3 turns for 2 units and 4 turns for 1 unit.

An area cleared by engineering units does not actually change its terrain type; the clearing action simply creates a narrow, clear path through it that units may use to pass through the terrain as if it is clear.

 Melee (MEL)
This special ability indicates that the íMech is equipped with a physical attack weapon, and adds 1 additional point of physical attack damage on a successful Melee-type physical attack.

MegaMek Output → Weapon List:  Backhoe
MegaMek Output → Critical Slot:  Backhoe
Record Sheet Output → Critical Slot:  Backhoe
Clan Data (BattleMechs)
Prototype Date:  
Production Date:  PS
Extinction Date:  
Recovery Date:  

BattleMech Specific Construction Rules
May be mounted on Clan units in accordance with the following construction rules:
 Not allowed if Land-Air (Bimodal), or Land-Air (Standard) is selected for the unitís Chassis
 May only be mounted in the Arms if Biped, or Tripod is selected for the unitís Chassis
 May only be mounted in the Side Torsos if Quad, or QuadVee is selected for the unitís Chassis
 May only be mounted in the Arms if a Lower Arm Actuator is present in the same location
 Not allowed if Hand Actuator is mounted in the same location
 Not allowed if location already contains one Backhoe, Chainsaw, Combine, Dual Saw, Heavy-Duty Pile Driver, Mining Drill, Rock Cutter, Salvage Arm, or Wrecking Ball (two if the unit is a Superheavy)

WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT COMBAT AND CONSTRUCTION TABLE
Heat (Aero)
Damage (Aero)
Range (Aero)
Rating
Availability
Cost (C-bills)
Weight (Tons)
Criticals
Battle Value
Direct-Fire
Explosive
0 (–)
6 (–)
–/1/–/– (–)
B
B-B-B-B
50,000
5
6
8.000

RULES LEVEL PROGRESSION TABLE
Start Year
End Year
Rules Level
PS
Standard

ALPHA STRIKE WEAPON CONVERSION TABLE
Heat
Short
Medium
Long
Extreme
Special Abilities
Engineering, Melee

Special Unit Abilities
The special unit abilities described here are intended for use with the Alpha Strike rule system:
 Engineering (ENG)
A unit with this special ability can clear woods just like a unit with the Saw special ability. In addition, a unit with this ability can clear a path through rubble. It takes 1 turn for a group of 4 or more units with the Engineering special to clear a 2Ē long path of rubble, 2 turns for 3 units, 3 turns for 2 units and 4 turns for 1 unit.

An area cleared by engineering units does not actually change its terrain type; the clearing action simply creates a narrow, clear path through it that units may use to pass through the terrain as if it is clear.

 Melee (MEL)
This special ability indicates that the íMech is equipped with a physical attack weapon, and adds 1 additional point of physical attack damage on a successful Melee-type physical attack.

MegaMek Output → Weapon List:  Backhoe
MegaMek Output → Critical Slot:  Backhoe
Record Sheet Output → Critical Slot:  Backhoe