Case Construction Equipment has launched what it describes as a complete update of its loader/backhoe product line, recently introducing four new N Series loader/backhoe models. The company says the N Series features dramatic increases in backhoe breakout force and lift, along with increased loader breakout force, lift, and reach.
The new Case 580N, 580 Super N, 580 Super N Wide Track, and 590 Super N loader/backhoes replace the company’s M Series 3 product line. The new machines all feature 4.5-L, turbocharged engines, ranging from 79 hp in the 580N to 108 hp in the 590SN.
According to Rob Marringa, Marketing Manager at CCE, with the N Series, the company has “taken the flagship product of the Case lineup and [extended its] legacy of loader/backhoe leadership that began when Case introduced the industry’s first factory-integrated loader/backhoe in 1957.”
Considered by Marringa as a "real game-changer," the Case-exclusive Power Lift on the N Series “channels the hydraulic power directly to the boom with the touch of a button," he said. "As a result, our backhoe lifting capabilities outperform competitive models by as much as 39% while running at low engine rpm.”
The increased backhoe strength of the N Series extends the performance of the previous M Series models, says the company. A new fabricated boom design increases strength while maintaining the over-center design. Backhoe bucket pins are larger and stronger to accommodate the improved lift capacities. The N Series also features "best-in-class maintainability" with triple bushings and floating pins.
CCE says that by providing lift and dig capabilities comparable to a 5-ton excavator, the N Series loader/backhoes may eliminate the need to trailer an excavator to the jobsite.
The Case N Series machines also deliver more power to the loader, for increased breakout and lift capabilities. The new loader arms are stronger and longer, providing greater loader reach, allowing operators to dump material into the center of a truck for faster loading and increased payloads.
New transmissions for the machines include the Powershift S-Type, Powershift H-Type, and Powershuttle options. All transmission choices are available on the 580SN, 580SN WT, and 590SN. The 580N offers the Powershift S-Type and Powershuttle transmissions.
The two Powershift transmissions feature 4F/3R, while the Powershuttle transmission offers 4F/4R. The Powershift transmission provides a standard kick-down feature and introduces the industry exclusive SmartClutch modulation, which allows operators to customize the transition from forward to reverse to meet specific application demands.
Operating at a lower temperature than competitive hydraulics systems, the machines' new Variable Volume Hydraulic system allow for improved cycle times and efficiencies. The 580N continues to offer a single gear pump open hydraulic system.
A new auxiliary hydraulic system for powering attachments includes Flow Control as a standard feature, automatically matching hydraulic flow to the needs of the attachments. Additionally, hoses are routed inside of the boom structure to provide greater protection for applications such as demolition. These improvements in hydraulics also help achieve greater fuel efficiency.
Several new comfort and safety features in the N Series loader/backhoes boost operator productivity, including floor-to-ceiling windows for improved visibility. New rear-quarter windows provide easy communication to the back of the machine and improve cross-ventilation comfort.
A new side lighting package helps illuminate the entire perimeter of the N Series machine, enhancing operator and jobsite safety and boosting productivity.
As in previous models, the N Series loader/backhoes include comfortable, adjustable operator seats, and ergonomically placed controls along with all-season heating and air-conditioning systems for increased operator comfort. The N Series cabs feature a 72 dB environment, allowing the operator to concentrate on tasks at hand.
Case also offers a range of attachments for the N Series loader/backhoes, including hydraulic hammers, brooms, forks, augers, and rakes. Case says it provides the only cab-activated hydraulic backhoe quick-coupler, hand-held hydraulics, and loader quick-coupler options.