New F2 Series Backhoe Loaders Have Fuel-Efficient U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final Engines, New Operator's Station, and Hydraulic Refinements
The new F2 Series Cat Backhoe Loaders includes the 416F2, 420F2, 430F2, and a model new to the range, the 415F2. 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.
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.