Caterpillar offers improved backhoe loader range

Caterpillar aims to capture new customers with its latest generation of backhoe loaders. Versatile, durable, productive, reliable and highly mobile, these machines can be used with a wide array of attachments and tools to handle an even wider range of tasks on construction sites. The new F2-Series machines, 427F2, 428F2, 432F2, 434F2, and 444F2, take over from the proven F-Series. These revamped models feature an all-new cab as well as the latest low emission, low noise engine technology. These more effi
Maintenance / April 10, 2015
Caterpillar’s latest backhoe loader
Caterpillar’s latest backhoe loaders offer improved performance over earlier generation models
178 Caterpillar aims to capture new customers with its latest generation of backhoe loaders. Versatile, durable, productive, reliable and highly mobile, these machines can be used with a wide array of attachments and tools to handle an even wider range of tasks on construction sites.

The new F2-Series machines, 427F2, 428F2, 432F2, 434F2, and 444F2, take over from the proven F-Series. These revamped models feature an all-new cab as well as the latest low emission, low noise engine technology. These more efficient diesels also boost performance while saving fuel.

The cab offers better visibility of the loader attachment when at full height as well as reduced noise at the operator’s ear. The ergonomics of the control layout have been improved while the pilot-operated models feature new multi-positional excavator controls. The cab also has a new step design with reduced height for better access and is designed to allow operators to turn easily between loader and excavating positions. A new LCD display provides information needed to monitor machine performance.

The F2-Series features an available radio with blue-tooth connectivity, allowing communications with onsite personnel. A new keypad security system provides added protection for the machine, and a choice of cellular or satellite technology is available for use with the firm’s telematics system for tracking machine location and operating parameters.

The new 428F2, 432F2, 434F2, and 444F2, are powered by the Cat C4.4 ACERT engine with a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) exhaust aftertreatment system. If low fuel consumption is important, the operator can select an ECO mode with a lower engine speed. Depending on the model, engine-power choices include 70kW, 74.5kW, or 82kW configurations. The 428F2 and 434F2 also feature increased hydraulic flow for optimum hydraulic performance.

And new to the Cat backhoe loader range is the basic 427F2 model, which is powered by a 55kW Cat C3.4B engine that requires no SCR aftertreatment and meets Tier 4 Interim/Stage IIIB emission standards using a diesel particulate filter. The 427F2 can be fitted with an optional 6F/3R Autoshift transmission with a lock-up torque converter that provides efficient road speeds. The 427F2 combines excellent all-round performance and up to 10% lower fuel consumption than the 428F2, suiting smaller contractors as well as rental businesses.
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