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Terex TLB890 Backhoe Loader

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  915
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  December 2014

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Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)26
Features   (max 20)12
Quality   (max 25)20
Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)76%


Terex Backhoe Loaders Video. [Youku Video]
Terex branded box.
Good bucket height.
Cab is very good.
TLB890 top and TLB840 bottom.
It just about loads a road tipper.
Comment on this model.

The TLB890 has an operating weight of just over 8 tonnes and a 1.2m³ front bucket.


The model comes in a Terex branded box and is wrapped in soft paper and rests in a pair of polystyrene trays. 

There were no missing parts or defects on the review model.

There is no information about the model or the real machine.


Underneath, the transmission is modelled in plastic with a metal rear axle.  The rubber tyres have a deep tread pattern and they are mounted on metal hubs which are only detailed on the outer faces.

At the rear the side shift arrangement and stabilisers are a mix of plastic and metal parts and there are a bank of hoses running to the backhoe.  The curved boom is captured well and all of the connections are made with very discrete pins.  The innerslide extending dipperstick has some detail in the casting and realistic hydraulic hoses,  and the small backhoe bucket is good too.

The cab has fine detailing with handles inset in the windows and inside the detail includes foot pedals.  The mirrors and lights are plastic.

At the front the engine cover is fairly simple like on the real machine.  The exhaust is plastic. 

The loader arm is good as there are hoses to the rams and again the connections are very discrete.

The metal bucket has suitably thin walls.


It rolls well and there is a good range of movement on the front axle which also oscillates significantly.

The rear stabilisers pull down and there is enough friction to hold a pose.

The backhoe slides from side to side and rotates well.

The range of movement on the boom, stick and bucket falls short of that achieved by the real machine for both height and depth of digging.

The front bucket lift height is good but the tipping angle is fairly shallow. 


This is a reasonable quality model which is mainly metal but with some plastic elements.

The graphics and paintwork are very good.


The model is moderate value for the size.


It is good to see some new models for Terex and this one is pleasantly implemented.  It shares many parts with the TLB840 model (NZG 867) with a different dipperstick and graphics.


The model was announced at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2014 and appeared in October of that year.

Profile view.
Parked up.
Backhoe tucks in reasonably well.
Good transmission detail.
Digging on the stabilisers.
At work.