Caterpillar Launches F2-Series Backhoe Loaders with New Cab and Hydraulic System Upgrades

For Release in Africa, Middle East, Turkey, CIS, Australia, New Zealand: July 2015
Release Number: 233PR15

Caterpillar is building on its highly successful range of F-Series backhoe loaders with the introduction of the new F2-Series range of machines—422F2, 428F2, 432F2, 434F2, and 444F2. The new models feature an all-new operator’s environment, and engine technology enhances machine performance and saves fuel. The cab has been restyled for a more modern look and has been designed throughout with the operator in mind, including enhanced visibility to the loader attachment when at full height.

Machine-control ergonomics have been improved with a new telescopic/tilt steering column, and the differential-lock control has been repositioned to the loader controller. Pilot-operated machines feature new multi-positional excavator controls that enable operators to adjust to the most comfortable operating position, reducing fatigue. A forward/reverse controller is built into the loader controller for added convenience and improved efficiency.

The cab features a new step design with reduced height for added cab access/egress safety and a bottom step that is resiliently mounted to prevent damage from debris. An air-suspension seat provides all-day comfort, especially when using the optional heated version in cold weather. A new LCD display provides information needed to monitor machine performance, new switches feature improved back lighting for easy use in all ambient-light conditions, and longer-life LED rear lights are now used.

The new pantograph front-screen wiper increases the swept area for enhanced forward visibility and is complemented with a full-width, perforated sun visor. Except for the curved front window, all other glass areas are flat, enabling quick, low-cost replacement.

Connectivity is a vital requirement for today’s machine operator, and the F2-Series provides an available radio with blue-tooth connectivity, facilitating communication with job-site 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 ProductLink™ telematics system for tracking machine location and operating parameters.

A Powerful Offering

Depending on the model, engine-power choices include 56.5 kW (76.8 hp), 68.5 kW (93hp), 70 kW (95 hp), or 74.5 kW (101 hp) configurations. An upgraded hydraulics system provides improvements in hydraulic oil flow for optimum hydraulic performance: 422F2 from 125 litres per minute to 132 l/min, 428F2 and 434F2 from 125 l/min to 160 l/min and the 432F2 and 444F2 from 158 l/min to 163 l/min.

If low fuel consumption is important, the operator can elect ECO mode, enabling proficient performance and controllability at a fuel-saving lower engine speed. For added convenience, a remote jump-start system is standard equipment. The F2 series also sees the introduction of a 6 Speed Automatic gear box for improved fuel efficiency and increase average speed when roading.

30 years of backhoe success

Caterpillar is celebrating 30 years of backhoe loader production in 2015, having produced more than 300,000 machines that are working globally. The introduction of the F2-Series ensures future success, with innovative changes that enhance operator comfort, meet the applicable emission standards, improve productivity, and reduce owning and operating costs.

Cat® 422F2

Engine:                                                Cat 3054 – Meets E.U. Stage II/U.S. EPA Tier 2 equivalent emission standards
Gross power:                                         56.5 kW (76.8 hp) @ 2,200 rpm
Controls:                                              Mechanical
Operating weight:                                  7529 kg
Max. backhoe digging depth:                   4.7 m with standard stick, with 5.6m extending stick
Transmission:                                        Power-shuttle four-speed synchromesh
Top speed:                                           40 km/h
Hydraulic oil flow:                                  132 litres/min
Loader bucket capacity:                          1.03 cu m
Loader breakout force:                            54 kN
Backhoe dipper/stick tear-out force:          34 kN
Backhoe bucket tear-out force:                 58 kN

Cat 428F2

Engines/Gross power:                             1) Cat 3054 – Meets E.U. Stage II/U.S. EPA Tier 2 equivalent emission standards
                                                           68.5kW (93hp) @ 2,200 rpm
                                                           2) Cat C4.4 – Meets E.U. Stage IIIA/U.S. EPA Tier 3 equivalent emission standards
                                                           70kW (95hp) @ 2,200 rpm
Controls:                                               Mechanical
Operating weight:                                   8425 kg
Max. Backhoe digging depth:                    4.7 m with standard stick, with 5.6 m extending stick
Transmission:                                         Power-shuttle four-speed synchromesh
Transmission option:                               Autoshift & Autoshift with lock-up torque converter
Top speed:                                            40 km/h
Hydraulic oil flow:                                  160 litres/min
Loader bucket capacity:                           1.01 cu m
Loader breakout force:                            60 kN
Backhoe dipper/stick tear-out force:           36.9 kN
Backhoe bucket tear-out force:                 63 kN

 

Cat 432F2

Engines/Gross power:                            1) Cat 3054 – Meets E.U. Stage II/U.S. EPA Tier 2 equivalent emission standards
                                                           74.5 kW (101 hp) @2,200 rpm
                                                           2) Cat C4.4 – Meets E.U. Stage IIIA/U.S.     EPA Tier 3 equivalent emission standards
                                                           74.5 kW (101 hp) @2,200 rpm
Controls:                                               Pilot operated
Operating weight:                                   8,479 kg
Max Backhoe digging depth:                    4.7 m with standard stick, 5.6 m with extending stick
Max Backhoe digging depth option:          5.1 m with standard stick, 6.1m with extending stick
Transmission:                                        Power-shuttle four-speed synchromesh
Transmission option:                              Autoshift & Autoshift with lock-up torque converter
Top speed:                                           40 km/h
Hydraulic oil flow:                                  163 litres/min
Loader bucket capacity:                          1.03 cu m
Loader breakout force:                            60 kN
Backhoe dipper/stick tear-out force:          43.5 kN (4.7 m stick)/47.2 kN (5.1 m stick)
Backhoe bucket tear-out force:                 63 kN

Cat 434F2 (Equal sized wheels model)

Engines/Gross power:                           1) Cat 3054 – Meets E.U. Stage II/U.S. EPA Tier 2 equivalent emission standards
                                                          68.5 kW (93 hp) @ 2,200 rpm
                                                          2) Cat C4.4 – Meets E.U. Stage IIIA/U.S. EPA Tier 3 equivalent emission standards
                                                          74.5kW (101hp) @ 2,200rpm
Controls:                                              Mechanical
Operating weight:                                  9257 kg
Max. Backhoe digging depth:                  4.8 m with standard stick, 5.7 m with extending stick
Transmission:                                       Power-shuttle four-speed synchromesh
Transmission option:                             Autoshift & Autoshift with lock-up torque converter
Top speed:                                          40 km/h
Hydraulic oil flow:                                160 litres/min
Loader bucket capacity:                        1.15 cu m
Loader breakout force:                          63.6 kN
Backhoe dipper/stick tear-out force:        36.8 kN
Backhoe bucket tear-out force:               63 kN

Cat 444F2 (Equal sized wheels model)

Engines/Gross power:                          1) Cat 3054 – Meets E.U. Stage II/U.S. EPA Tier 2 equivalent emission standards
                                                         74.5 kW (101hp) @ 2,200 rpm
                                                         2) Cat C4.4 – Meets E.U. Stage IIIA/U.S. EPA Tier 3 equivalent emission standards
                                                         74.5kW (101hp) @2,200rpm
Controls:                                             Pilot
Operating weight:                                 9606 kg
Backhoe digging depth:                         4.7 m with standard stick, 5.6 m with extending stick
Backhoe digging depth option:               5.1 m with standard stick, 6.1 m with extending stick
Transmission:                                      Autoshift & Autoshift with Lock-up Torque converter option
Top speed:                                          40 km/h
Hydraulic oil flow:                                163 litres/min
Loader bucket capacity:                         1.3 cu m
Loader breakout force:                          63.4 kN
Backhoe dipper/stick tear-out force:        43.5 kN (4.7 m stick)/47.2 kN (5.1 m stick)
Backhoe bucket tear-out force:               63 kN

 

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