Posted by Brooke Just
Caterpillar announces five new backhoe loader models operating in the 14-foot and 15-foot size classes. Building on the success of the Cat F2 Series backhoe loaders, the new line consists of the Cat 415, 416, 420, 420 XE and 430 models, replacing the 415F2, 416F2, 420F2, 420F2 IT and 430F2 machines respectively. The new Cat backhoe loaders offer similar model platforms throughout the line to deliver component commonality and operating similarities throughout range. These machines display the new Cat Trade dress and nomenclature, which removes model suffixes.
A redesigned operator display incorporates analog machine gauges with a color LCD information display that is soft key controlled for simple navigation. Informational icon pop-ups offer quick navigation between operating modes, while full text diagnostic descriptions simplify machine troubleshooting and maintenance. The redesigned security system disables the engine, transmission and hydraulic system until a valid passcode is entered via the LCD operator control screen or a machine-specific Bluetooth key is detected. As with the F2 Series, pilot controls are standard on the 420 and 430 and optional on the 415 and 416 models. New seat controls and touchscreen LCD operator display are now standard on the 420 XE.
The Cat C3.6 engine that powers the new backhoe loaders meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emission standards. The engine consists of a service-free Selective Catalytic Reduction emission solution with diesel exhaust fluid and diesel particulate filter for the 416 to 430 models, while the 415 backhoe loader requires only the DPF to meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 requirements, avoiding the need for DEF. The DPF is designed to deliver reliable operation throughout the machine’s service life.
All models in the new backhoe loader line feature standard 4-wheel drive with rear differential lock for improved traction in poor ground conditions.
Selectable power management modes on the 420, 420 XE and 430 models offer the choice of Standard Mode engine performance for increased fuel savings or Standard Plus Mode to boost machine performance by maximizing backhoe implement speeds.
All new models offer adjustable auxiliary hydraulic flow to the backhoe, so machine hydraulics can be fine-tuned to meet the operating specifications of hammer, thumb and auger attachments. To increase machine utilization, the new Cat line can be equipped from the factory or as a field installed kit with an optional Integrated Tool Carrier (IT) loader coupler for fast tool changes. These new backhoe loaders are compatible with F2 series attachments, eliminating the need to purchase new attachments, lowering operating costs.
Offering remote data monitoring through VisionLink, the latest Cat Product Link comes standard on these new models to maximize machine uptime.
Built with single-tilt loader arms, the new 420 XE features electronic loader controls that enable selectable parallel lift for increased material retention in loading applications. Programmable loader kickout and return-to-dig is easily set via the LCD operator display with touchscreen control and takes the guess work out of the equation when loader height and bucket angle adjustments are critical.
For more information about Cat backhoe loaders, contact your local Cat dealer or visit: https://www.cat.com/en_US/products/new/equipment/backhoe-loaders.html.