Fea­ture: New Hol­land LB90B back­hoe loader

Ron Horner checks out a grader-blade-equipped New Hol­land LB90B back­hoe that is per­fectly suited to both con­struc­tion and farm work

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When the weather turns nasty and you are forced to head off site un­til it clears, there is only one place to go and that’s to find a good pie shop and a good cuppa tea to tide you over un­til the weather changes for the bet­ter.

Such was the case when I wan­dered over to a lo­cal shop­ping cen­tre in south-east Queens­land a month or so ago and found a lit­tle gem of a back­hoe sit­ting in the car park clearly suf­fer­ing from the ‘wet weather blues’ just like me.

There was no op­er­a­tor in site, but with no doubt where he would be, I waited close by and sneaked in a cou­ple of pho­tos for my ref­er­ence in the mean­time.

A minute later I was greeted with a warm “G’day mate” as I was try­ing to get a bet­ter shot of a par­tic­u­lar point of in­ter­est on this lit­tle New Hol­land LB90B back­hoe with an un­usual but wellde­signed grader blade at­tach­ment fit­ted to the front bucket.


Russ Reiser is the owner of this ma­chine and he had just come out of the same place where I was head­ing. The wet weather had placed a damp­ener on our day so we were very quick to ap­pre­ci­ate each other’s taste of café and earth­mov­ing equip­ment.

Now, any of you who read my ar­ti­cles know that I am not a par­tic­u­lar fan of back­hoes and con­sider them to be a blight on the ex­ca­va­tor mar­ket, so it has to be some­thing out of the or­di­nary be­fore I can show any in­ter­est in them.

This wasn’t the ‘Case’ to­day (par­don the pun) but the New Hol­land LB90B Ex­ten­da­hoe def­i­nitely ticked some good back­hoe boxes for me, in­clud­ing a tilt­ing front bucket, a Pow­erTilt quick hitch on the rear and an ad­justable man­ual grader blade.

I had never had any­thing to do with a New Hol­land be­fore so it in­ter­ested me to see just what made Russ Reiser pur­chase this model over a more pop­u­lar back­hoe brand.

Things weren’t per­fect for a full re­view as our sites were closed so the car park at the shop­ping cen­tre had to suf­fice as I had a look over it to form my own opin­ion.


‘Tidy’ is the word for my first im­pres­sion:

Very, very tidy. Typ­i­cal of most owner op­er­a­tor ma­chines, this New Hol­land has all the bases

This New Hol­land has all the bases cov­ered when it comes to pro­vid­ing the cus­tomer with all the op­tions

cov­ered when it comes to pro­vid­ing the cus­tomer with all the op­tions.

Of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est was the tilt­ing front bucket at­tach­ment which was lo­cally built and de­signed by Norm En­gi­neer­ing.

This pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity to clean out drains, cut and trim cam­bers of gravel roads, clean up de­bris on sealed pave­ments and cut ac­cess tracks and house pads to level much eas­ier, more ef­fi­ciently and quicker than ever.

All of these are pre-req­ui­sites for pro­vid­ing both the client with a bet­ter, more cost-ef­fec­tive solution and caus­ing the op­er­a­tor less grief and frus­tra­tion at the end of the day.

It got me won­der­ing why this isn’t an op­tional ex­tra on all back­hoes when sold ex-dealer.

Now if that didn’t get my in­ter­est just long enough to take some pho­tos, the grader blade at­tach­ment fit­ted to the front 4-in-1 tilt­ing bucket surely did.

Keen to see it in ac­tion, I asked for a car-park demon­stra­tion from Russ … well, we didn’t have any­thing bet­ter to do!

De­signed by Russ and man­u­fac­tured by Peter Gard­ner En­gi­neer­ing on the Gold Coast, the blade at­tach­ment has had a few tweaks to get it to a point that is ac­cept­able for both the en­gi­neer and the op­er­a­tor.

The first blade de­signs were so ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive that it soon be­came ap­par­ent that it needed to be re­designed to be more ro­bust.

The grader blade adap­tor head is merely clenched firmly be­tween the jaws of the 4-in-one tilt­ing bucket at a pre-se­lected po­si­tion along the cut­ting-edge face and can be re­versed so that a left-hand or right-hand cut can be achieved de­pend­ing on what side the op­er­a­tor needs to rill his ma­te­rial.

Ad­just­ing the an­gle of the blade is made man­u­ally by turn­ing and tight­en­ing the bolts on the grader turntable and lock­ing down with the mas­sive lock nuts.

Easy to at­tach and ad­just in a mat­ter of min­utes, the blade-tilt bucket con­fig­u­ra­tion has con­verted Russ’s con­ven­tional (in ap­pear­ance) back­hoe into a lovely lit­tle com­pact 4WD grader ca­pa­ble of com­plet­ing a mul­ti­tude of tasks.

Russ says he hasn’t stopped work since it was fit­ted, show­ing that this sim­ple and ef­fec­tive ad­di­tion to the ar­ray of at­tach­ments is a must for any­one con­tem­plat­ing be­ing ahead of the pack when it comes to play­ing back­hoes.

At the back end of the LB90B is the Ex­ten­da­hoe or ex­tend­able dip­per arm. Fit­ted to that arm are a JB hitch and a Pow­erTilt head which com­ple­ment the tilt­ing front bucket per­fectly.

All the bucket size op­tions are avail­able as well as rollover forks. When you sit back and have a look at this lit­tle trac­tor you sud­denly ap­pre­ci­ate the Russ has a cre­ated a very good ma­chine.


This New Hol­land LB90B runs the new 4-cylin­der turbo-charged di­rect-ig­ni­tion, CNH Tier 3A me­chan­i­cal en­gine push­ing out 72kW (97hp) of power at 2200rpm. Ground-level ac­cess to the en­gine bay and all of the nec­es­sary ser­vic­ing points is made easy by lift­ing the front hoist rams to a ver­ti­cal po­si­tion and lift­ing the bon­net.

The hy­draulics are fed by two gear-type load­sens­ing pumps run­ning at 160L/min at 210 bar to en­sure no hy­draulic fade when op­er­at­ing mul­ti­ple ac­tions. It has am­ple sup­ply up its sleeve with 118L in the sys­tem and an­other 40L in the tank.

To get this unit mo­bile, the LB90B runs a fully syn­chro 4x4 power shut­tle trans­mis­sion with a

top speed of just un­der 40km/h go­ing for­ward, but just in case you need to re­treat you can pull out of trou­ble at 46km/h. With 125 litres of fuel ca­pac­ity you can op­er­ate for a good few days be­fore re­fill­ing.

Over­all, the ma­chine, which can dig to 5.75m, weighs in at about 8.35 tonnes and sits at just un­der 3m in height so you would not be get­ting it on a few tip­pers to haul around.


The space cab is roomy and com­fort­able, and has good vi­sion and all the mod cons an op­er­a­tor could wish for.

Air-con­di­tion­ing is op­tional but nec­es­sary up here on the Queens­land coast, the seat­ing is com­fort­able, and op­er­a­tor pro­tec­tion is cov­ered by the ROPS/FOPS cabin.

Due to the weather con­di­tions and lo­ca­tion of the find, I was not able to give the New Hol­land LB90B 4WD back­hoe a run, but Russ Reiser says he is more than happy with his pur­chase and just loves the add-ons.


Russ has been around for a long while; he’s an ex­pe­ri­enced owner-op­er­a­tor with a very tidy busi­ness lo­cated on the Gold Coast of Queens­land and has done and seen it all.

By un­der­stand­ing what is re­quired to pro­vide a com­plete pack­age and the best ser­vice to his clients, he has fi­nally achieved what we all hope to achieve.

He has found and de­vel­oped a ma­chine that suits his ap­pli­ca­tion and bud­get – and suits his clients’ re­quire­ments – per­fectly.

In this con­fig­u­ra­tion and with the in­no­va­tive and cre­ative mod­i­fi­ca­tions and at­tach­ments on of­fer, here this trac­tor could find its call­ing in a mul­ti­tude of ap­pli­ca­tions and con­di­tions. Con­struc­tion is just one area this lit­tle trac­tor will per­form but I can see it, in this con­fig­u­ra­tion, also be­ing per­fectly suited to sub-di­vi­sions and, es­pe­cially, to farm work.



1. The New Hol­land LB90B back­hoe loader sit­ting in the carpark

2. The blade is locked in po­si­tion with the jaws on the 4-in-1 bucket 3. A close-up of the lock­ing pins and the turntable of the grader blade

4. The JB hitch and Pow­erTilt head on the Ex­ten­da­hoe 3 4

Above: Russ Reiser po­si­tions and locks the grader blade at­tach­ment he de­signed

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