The Bethany, Connecticut Board of Selectmen decided to go with the John Deere company as the provider of the backhoe that the town needed for operations regarding public works, according to the Bethwood Patch.
Several area bids were submitted to the board, but the members of the town assembly were swayed by a local dealer who promised the dependability and versatility of the John Deere model, the news source reported.
Bethany resident Roger Funk, president of a local farm equipment dealer, noted that the public works crew for the town had tested all of the models that were up for consideration, and the evaluations came back with the John Deere model as the clear winner, reported the Patch.
The Board of Selectmen decided that the safety that was provided by the chosen model was a big factor, noting, "If you have a man in a hole guiding a 4,000 pound sump pump into place, the operator can slow the machine down."
There are a variety of backhoes that are available from John Deere, as the models range from digging under 14 feet to well over this depth, according to the company website.