Backhoe Loaders: Equipment Spotlight

February 2012, Vol. 67 No. 2
The Case 590 Super N

Backhoe loaders from Case, Volvo, Caterpillar, Bradco/Paladin Construction Group, Kubota Tractor and Terex.

Case
The recently updated loader/backhoe product line includes the Case 580N, 580 Super N, 580 Super N Wide Track and 590 Super N, delivering increases in backhoe breakout force and lift, along with increased loader breakout force, lift and reach. Case-exclusive Power Lift channels hydraulic power directly to the backhoe boom with the touch of a button. As a result, N Series backhoe lifting capabilities outperform competitive models by as much as 39 percent – while running at low engine RPMs. 262.636.0447, casece.com

Volvo
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With an average operating weight that ranges from 17,500 - 19,500 pounds, and gross power of 83 - 98 hp, the BL60B and BL70B were designed and built with power, strength, long life and cost saving efficiency in mind. The one piece chassis, loader arm and excavator boom are all made from high quality steel and robotically welded, giving precise, constant weld runs for structural integrity. The machines are fitted with two floor-mounted ergonomic levers that give optimum grip for the operator’s hand movements when operating the excavator. The right lever is fitted with a horn for safety, and the left lever can have an optional fingertip button. This button controls the two-way auxiliary hydraulic line required when using double acting excavator attachments. Fitted with either 16.5- or 18-inch front tires, these machines have a small turning radius and are extremely maneuverable, as well as easier to position on site. Helped by a new cast bucket linkage design, the bucket can rotate 205 degrees — allowing vertical digging in all positions without repositioning the machine. 828.650.2000, volvo.com

Caterpillar
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The new Cat F Series Backhoe Loaders (416F, 420F and 430F) are redesigned center-pivot models that deliver enhanced performance, visibility, durability and serviceability. The new models use the Cat C4.4 engine, which meets Tier 4 Interim emissions standards and provides horsepower ratings from 87 to 106. The F Series models feature a new loader linkage that provides greater lift and dump heights, as well as increased lift capacity. Specific-model enhancements include an electronic torque limiter for improved hydraulic performance and power management, new torque converter for improved roading characteristics and power-boosted brakes. catrequests@cat.com