Caterpillar’s new F-Series of backhoes brings Tier 4 technology, fuel efficiency, operator comfort and serviceability to farm operators in May.
The new lineup of backhoes from CAT not only features a new cab fully equipped with an air-ride seat, adjustable steering wheel and controls, and a spacious cab with plenty of visibility, but was also designed to capitalize on serviceability, says Dustin Johansen, national account manager for Caterpillar.
"We really tried to make serviceability a key point so that operators can get service points done each and every day," Johansen says.
There are no additional tools necessary to access frequently serviced areas such as the cooling package, and the engine disconnect is also on the ground level. To accommodate the Tier 4 Interim rules, CAT narrowed the nose of the machine. The system is passive; a particulate filter senses soot build-up and utilizes the heat generated by the machine to burn off the soot. Johansen says that because CAT realizes that the machine will sit idle often, there is a back pressure valve that senses when heat must be created to clean the filter.
He says the company's Tier 4 strategy is working: "With our Tier 4 technology, we’re seeing great fuel efficiency enhancement a more than 10% improvement over Tier 3."
Johansen says farm applications of this machine will likely be tiling, tree removal, irrigation infrastructure development and snow removal. The machines are due to start shipping at the end of April and will be on dealer lots at the beginning of May.
Walk around the new machine with Johansen: