Backhoe Loaders: Equipment Spotlight

February 2014, Vol. 69 No. 2
The CASE 590 Super N backhoe loader

Backhoe loaders by Case, Caterpillar, John Deere, Volvo and New Holland Construction.

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The CASE 590 Super N backhoe loader features a 3.4-liter, turbocharged 108 hp engine outfitted with cooled exhaust gas recirculation (CEGR) emissions control technology. The Tier 4 Interim engine burns cleaner while delivering superior horsepower, faster response and 5 percent better fuel efficiency under load compared to previous models. 262.636.0447, casece.com

Caterpillar

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The four-wheel-drive Cat 450F Backhoe Loader Center Pivot is powered by a Cat C4.4 ACERT engine meeting U.S. EPA Tier-4 Interim/EU Stage IIIB emission standards. The versatile 450F comes with a hydraulic thumb, pin-puller type coupler, and a range of compatible work tools, including buckets with integral forks, hammers and plate compactors. The engine delivers 396 pound/foot of torque and has a torque rise of more than 30 percent, allowing the 450F to power through tough applications. cat.com/requestCatinfo

John Deere

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Powered by an IT4/ Stage III B John Deere PowerTech engine, the K-Series comes equipped with a 5-speed transmission that allows top speeds of 25 mph when roading. An optional AutoShift transmission enables smooth shifting and improves operator comfort by reducing the number of times the Transmission Control Lever needs to be actuated during operation. A single loader lever with integrated electro-hydraulic auxiliary loader control eliminates the need for a second lever when using a multi-purpose bucket. In addition, a complete redesign of the cab ventilation now circulates cab air from front-to-back, directing airflow where operators need it the most. 800.503.3373, deere.com

Volvo

The Volvo BL70B backhoe features a cast bucket linkage design that helps the bucket rotate 205 degrees allowing vertical digging in all positions without repositioning the machine. The boom allows excellent visibility into the trench, as well as enabling closer proximity to the truck for loading. The BL70B has a maximum retracted digging depth of 14 feet 9 inches and maximum extended digging depth of 18 feet 3 inches. 828.650.2000, volvo.com

New Holland Construction