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New F2 Series Backhoe Loaders Have New Operator’s Station, Hydraulic Refinements

The new F2 Series center-pivot models build on the solid performance, reliability, and durability of their F Series predecessors with engines that meet Tier 4 Final emissions standards.

Thu April 09, 2015 - National Edition
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The new F2 Series Cat Backhoe Loaders includes the 416F2, 420F2, 430F2, and a model new to the range, the 415F2. According to the company, the new F2 Series center-pivot models build on the solid performance, reliability, and durability of their F Series predecessors with engines that meet Tier 4 Final emissions standards, new operator’s station, and added features and options that further enhance performance and operator productivity. The 420F2 and 430F2 continue to be available with both single-tilt and Integrated Tool Carrier (IT) front linkage, and four-wheel drive is standard for the 430F2 and available for other models.

The 415F2 uses a Cat C3.4B engine, rated at 68 net horsepower (51 kW), and the 416F2, 420F2, and 430F2 use the Cat C4.4 ACERT engine, with net-horsepower ratings (SAE J1349) of 87, 93, and 108, respectively, (65,69, and 80 kW). The 415F2 does not require diesel exhaust fluid, a convenience for buyers such as rental firms and governmental agencies.

All of the new F2 Series models have an extremely powerful implement hydraulic system, which uses a load-sensing, variable-displacement piston pump that provides full lifting and digging forces at all engine speeds and matches hydraulic flow to work demands for highly efficient operation. Pilot-operated joystick controls with in-cab pattern changers are standard on the 420F2 and 430F2. These controls are optional on the 415F2 and 416F2, which come standard with mechanical controls.

All new models can also be equipped with auxiliary hydraulics, including a third-function loader valve, six-function backhoe valve, and related lines. 420F2 IT and 430F2 IT machines have a standard hydraulic loader quick coupler. New for the IT models are twist-to-connect hydraulic quick disconnect fittings that can be connected under pressure. All models feature redesigned hose routing for extendible sticks, adding to overall reliability and durability.

Operator’s station

A newly designed operator’s station provides ample legroom for comfortably rotating the seat, and the air-suspension seat provides exceptional comfort when roading the machine. Available with a standard cab (415F2/416F2) or deluxe cab (420F2/430F2), the F2 Series ROPS/FOPS operator’s station has been modified to accommodate flat glass, which maintains excellent visibility, and a new rear window design improves trench sight lines. An additional third step on the left side facilitates access to the operator’s station.

In-cab sound levels have been reduced significantly, from 80 dB(A) to 74 dB(A), and the new HVAC system now has a recirculation control for greater control of the in-cab environment. An added roof cap reduces heat infiltration, and is designed for added visibility with the higher lift heights of the F Series models. Visibility enhancements also include repositioning the exhaust stack to align with the cab structure for improved sight lines to the bucket corners.

A new gauge cluster includes a large LCD screen, and a new pantograph windshield wiper increases coverage by more than 40 percent. Technical enhancements for the new operator’s station include an available keypad security system, hands-free communication system, and the satellite- and cellular-based Product Link systems. The optional security system is a self-contained immobilizer type that disables the engine, transmission, and hydraulic system until a valid pass-code is entered on the keypad.

Additional design details include a differential-lock control now positioned on the loader control, dual directional-shift controls for IT models (steering column and joystick controller), and larger fenders that keep the cab glass cleaner in muddy conditions. Single Tilt 420F2 and 430F2 machines now have single lever loader controls with an integral roller switch for auxiliary functions like M/P buckets.

420F2/430F2 Features

New for the 420F2 and 430F2 is an available six-speed Auto-Shift transmission, which also is available with a lock-up torque converter for direct-drive efficiency in 5th and 6th gears, providing a top speed of 25 mph (40 k/hr) and optimum fuel economy. These models also feature a standard Economy Mode that adjusts engine speed and hydraulic-pump displacement for optimum performance and fuel efficiency.

Other enhancements include Variable Speed Steering, designed to provide quick steering response in tight-cycle truck loading, and adjustable auxiliary-hydraulic flow for improved controllability of hydraulic work tools.

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