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Barloworld Equipment, the southern African dealer for Cat earthmoving equipment, has launched the 426F2 backhoe loader in Botswana.

Caterpillar 426F2 Backhoe Barloworld 07 2018Caterpillar launched its 426F2 backhoe loader in August 2017 to complement the existing Cat F2 backhoe loader family. The OEM has been producing backhoe loaders for more than 35 years, from the A Series to the current F2 Series.

Productivity starts with the operator and the all new 426F2 cab design is more spacious, allowing the operator to move freely when turning from one mode to another and providing comfort and ease of operation. Greater visibility is ensured with flat tinted glass and a curved front windscreen. Other cab features include additional storage space and easy-to-reach controls.

Versatility and productivity rely on consistent power. The 426F2 comes with a 68,5 kW Cat 3054C engine, a four cylinder four stroke engine with direct injection turbo.

The 426F2 has sealed and lubricated axles that save time with no daily maintenance requirements. The heavy duty rear axle features self-adjusting inboard boosted brakes as well as the ability to engage the 100% differential lock when required for maximum traction in poor ground conditions.

All-wheel drive is engaged via a front console panel switch or by the brake pedal during all-wheel-braking operation. All-wheel drive can be engaged on the move, under load, in any gear and in forward or reverse. The drive shaft to the front axle comes with a drive shaft guard to protect critical components.

A load sensing variable displacement pump allows the operator to maintain consistent control by matching the demand and power needed for an operation. Simply put, the hydraulic system provides power where needed, when needed.

The pump design helps to keep fuel burn and hydraulic oil temperature low, as well as reducing component wear in the hydraulic system. Caterpillar’s excavator-style boom is said to outperform straight boom designs. Swing and boom cushioning assists with material retention, allows smooth and precise operating, and reduces wear to components such as pins and bushings.

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