Case Construction Equipment has made numerous updates to its N Series backhoes, including new PowerBoost functionality, a new PowerDrive transmission upgrade with Direct Drive and a factory-installed thumb.
The new Case N Series backhoes also feature updates to loader controls, including a new declutch trigger, a new roller and rocker switch for better attachment control and an all-new F-N-R thumb switch for simplified operation.
PowerBoost is a new button on the left-hand backhoe joystick that provides the operator with a short boost of increased hydraulic power without decreasing engine rpm.
The feature is ideal for digging through tough conditions, including hard clay, rock and frost. Case backhoes continue to feature PowerLift, which provides added lifting power — comparable with some mid-sized excavators — at lower engine rpm to provide powerful and smooth lifting and craning operations.
A new feature on Case S-Type and H-Type transmissions, Direct Drive, engages the engine and transmission directly for improved gradeability, faster roading speeds, improved fuel economy and faster travel times around the jobsite and between jobs. The PowerDrive transmission maintains its existing autoshift feature and now includes an automated activation of the direct drive feature in third and fourth gears, based on torque demand and conditions on the jobsite.
Factory-installed hydraulic thumb
Available on all extendahoe models, this new factory-installed hydraulic thumb improves material handling performance and is also compatible with either a mechanical or hydraulic bucket coupler, allowing the owner to change attachments without affecting the thumb installation.
All new extendahoe models include the new thumb mounting provision, providing the customer the ability to add on the new thumb after purchase without requiring welding on the structure.
The loader joystick features three new switches that will simplify operation and make it more intuitive. A new declutch trigger on the back of the joystick allows for simple operation while performing repetitive operations. As well, a new roller/rocker switch with a detent position can be locked in the forward position for use with attachments such as brooms and snow blowers. As well, the N Series backhoes includes a new F-N-R switch that allows for quick and easy directional changes without ever taking a hand off the joystick.
Newly enhanced roller switches for auxiliary and extendahoe control have been added to the N Series backhoe pilot control joysticks for intuitive control and improved metering.
Case has also improved the seat design with new cushioning on its air-ride seats, and a new premium heated, air suspension seat option with multi-coloured, hand-stitched fabric. A hands-free, Bluetooth radio has also been added for allowing operators to safely take their phone calls, while also providing the ability to stream a broader spectrum of music, including SiriusXM and music from personal devices.
Standard on all 580N and larger backhoes, the new electronic fuel priming system is accessible at ground level and evacuates all air out of the fuel lines for a simpler and more efficient service of the fuel filters.
Horsepower on the 580SN Wide Track model has increased to 110 hp for improved acceleration and gradeability, especially when paired with the new Direct Drive.