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New Holland B115B Backhoe Loader

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  817
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  May 2010

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Detail   (max 30)25
Features   (max 20)15
Quality   (max 25)21
Price   (max 15)10
Overall   (max 100)78%


The New Holland B115B Backhoe Loader.
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New Holland box.
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Four wheel steering and large treaded tyres.
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Tiny graphics on the body.
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Bucket raises to a realistic height.
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Digging with the backhoe.
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Forks can be folded over to give lifting capability.  The pallet is not included with the model.
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Loading a MAN Tipper.
The New Holland B115B is a general utility machine that weighs around 9 tonnes, and which can be fitted with a variety of loader and backhoe bucket sizes.  The real machine has a variety of options including a hydraulically extendible dipper.  This option is included on the scale model.


The model is delivered in a New Holland branded box which has the model well packed within expanded polystyrene trays.  There is no information about the model or the real machine.

The review model had no defects or missing parts.


Underneath, the steering and transmission components are modelled well and appear to be metal parts.  The wheels have excellent detailed rubber tyres and these are matched by the high quality metal hubs.

The body is impressive because of the attention to detail.  There are some very small legible graphics and details such as the fuel tank filler are not forgotten.  The cab detail internally is good with finely modelled controls and on the outside lights, mirrors and wipers are provided.

At the rear, the backhoe is very convincing.  The hydraulic lines on the boom and cylinder jackets are painted silver, and the hydraulic lines running to the cylinders are of nicely thin flexible rubber.  The rivets used are small and unobtrusive.  The bucket is nicely formed, and the rear stabilisers are made in metal.

The loader arm replicates the standard found on the backhoe.  Graphics are excellent and the front bucket linkages are well engineered.  The bucket is a clamshell design and also includes loading forks.


The model has four wheel steering and the range of movement is pretty good.  The front axle also has a very significant ability to oscillate for travelling over rough terrain.

The stabilisers at the rear are operational and stiff enough to support the model. 

The backhoe arm has the ability to shift sideways, and digging can be posed, including having the dipper telescope like on the real machine.

At the front, the bucket is a working clamshell, and the forks at the front fold forward so the machine can double up as a materials handler.  The bucket can be raised to a realistic height but the forward tipping action on the bucket was very stiff preventing a full range of movement.


This is a very high quality model.  There is hardly any plastic and the detail level is high and this is complimented by excellent paintwork and graphics.


The model is a bit pricey for a backhoe loader, but it is very high quality.


NZG have cut no corners in terms of the detail and quality of this model and it certainly sets a very high standard for New Holland.  It is highly recommended to anyone wanting a backhoe loader model.


The model first appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2010 and was available shortly afterwards.

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The model inside the box.
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Poised for travelling.
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Detailing on the underside.
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Bucket is a clamshell, and it opens.
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Stabilisers are lowered and the backhoe has a sideshift capability.
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Very good axle oscillation.
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Loading a Dennison Trailer.