The new Cat 415F2 industrial loader tractor from Caterpillar Inc., Peoria Illinois, is designed to combine the basic design of the Cat 415F2 backhoe loader—including most of the frame, engine, transmission and axles—with purpose-built components designed specifically for industrial-loader applications, such as new pilot controls, three-point hitch and an available box blade scraper developed for the skip-loader market.
Operator station and controls
The new model is available in canopy or cab configurations, standard 5-function rear valve and 3-function loader valve, dual location differential lock, low-effort pilot-type controls for the box blade scraper and sealed storage compartment. An available security key pad disables the engine, transmission and hydraulic systems at machine start-up until a pass-code is entered (25 pass-code capacity). Canopy models are fitted with a roof cap that is designed to reduce heat in the operator's station, while allowing good sight line to the loader. Cab models feature an HVAC system with recirculation, wide-coverage pantograph wipers with great visibility and wide opening windows for ventilation. This machine also features either the cellular- or satellite-based Product Link telematics system.
The standard three-function loader valve uses mechanical controls, with single-lever control for models with a general-purpose (GP) bucket and two-lever control for models with a multi-purpose (MP) bucket (available with fold-over forks). Cat dealers can convert the GP system to the MP system.
The five-function valve for the available box blade scraper uses pilot-operated controls that feature a conventional operating pattern in a conventional control-console location. The rear valve provides a float function. The implement hydraulic system, load-sensing with a variable-displacement piston pump, produces a maximum flow of 35 gpm (132 L/min.) at a relief pressure of 3,336 psi (230 bar). A dual-tilt cylinder kit for the rear is available for the loader.
The differential lock can be activated either with a floor-mounted button or a button on the loader-control lever. Optional features include a radio and CD player, dual-tilt cylinder, rear hand throttle and ride-control system.
Power train and structures
The 415F2 Industrial Loader uses a Cat C3.4B engine, rated at 72 net peak horsepower (56 kW), that is designed to meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emissions standards with an under-hood diesel particulate filter and diesel oxidation catalyst; diesel exhaust fluid is not required.
The new model is equipped with a standard-shift, four-speed transmission with a quick-reversing, power-shuttle feature. Also standard is a four-wheel-drive system (mechanical front drive) that can be used in two-wheel drive with four-wheel braking, which is designed to reduce tire wear and drivetrain wear. Brakes are wet multi-disc. Standard tires are 12 50/80-18 in the front and 16.9-24 rear.
Front counterweights are available in 255-, 530-, and 1,015-lb configurations, and an optional rear counterweight weighs 198 lb.
The available box blade scarper features a Caterpillar designed wear plate that is reversible to significantly extend service life, the company says. The Caterpillar-engineered rear hitch, available in both single-tilt and dual-tilt configurations, has shortened hitch arms designed for optimum grading performance and a non-metallic wedge system to control hitch sway.