Half-pint sidewalk superintendents will go ape
for this boy-size, rugged, easy-to-build digger.
By C. L. Widdicombe
NY healthy lad can do wonderful
things with a little loose dirt but a
boy with his own backhoe is an earthmoving hero.
This stout, boy-size toy is rugged—
but it won’t gouge rocks out of a quarry
or do much of a job in hard clay. Spaded
backyard earth or beach sand are its
The scoop can take out enough fill to
load the average toy truck, and the
boom swings in a complete circle. The
caterpillar treads rotate freely enough
to permit moving the backhoe about.
Begin with the caterpillar links (see
first drawing). These are of maple or
any suitable hardwood. The links are
notched at either end to form a tongueand-groove joint. Corner cuts are
sawed; surplus material between