Caterpillar announced five new backhoe loader models operating in the 14-ft and 15-ft 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.
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. 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 (SCR) emission solution with diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) and diesel particulate filter (DPF) 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.
The new engine delivers up to 10% improved fuel economy compared to the F2 Series engine. All models in the new backhoe loader line feature standard 4-wheel drive with rear differential lock for improved traction in poor ground conditions.