September 24, 2010
Case Construction Equipment today launched a complete update of its loader/backhoe product line, introducing four new N Series loader/backhoe models. The company describes the N Series as “Stronger Everywhere,” unveiling dramatic increases in backhoe breakout force and lift, along with increased loader breakout force, lift and reach. The new machines also provide substantially improved visibility and operator comfort.
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-liter, turbocharged engines, ranging from 79 hp in the 580N to 108 hp in the 590SN.
“The N Series was engineered from the ground up,” said Rob Marringa, marketing manager, Case Construction Equipment. “We’ve taken the flagship product of the Case lineup and delivered best-in-class performance from back to front. The new N Series really is ‘stronger everywhere.’ The N Series extends a legacy of loader/backhoe leadership that began when Case introduced the industry’s first factory-integrated loader/backhoe in 1957.”
Case Power Lift boosts backhoe capacity to move extra-heavy objects
“One new feature that is a real game-changer on the N Series is Case-exclusive Power Lift™,” said Marringa. “Power Lift channels the hydraulic power directly to the boom with the touch of a button. As a result, our backhoe lifting capabilities outperform competitive models by as much as 39 percent – while running at low engine RPMs.”
The increased backhoe strength takes new N Series performance beyond the previous M Series models. 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. Meanwhile, the N Series continues its best-in-class maintainability with triple bushings and floating pins.
By providing lift capabilities comparable to a five-ton excavator, with superior dig depths, the N Series loader/backhoes may eliminate the need to trailer an excavator to the jobsite.
“During our extensive R&D process, we enlisted equipment operators throughout North America to test the N Series enhancements,” explained Marringa. “Comments from Dennis Zentner, DRZ Contracting, in Delta, British Columbia, were typical. He told us, ‘The 580SN WT backhoe performed well on grading, trenching, backfilling, heavy lifting, hole-patching and rock-breaking. Its heavy-lifting ability is fantastic. It will save me from using an excavator for lifting.’”
N Series features increased loader lift, breakout, reach
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. This lets operators dump material into the center of a truck for faster loading and increased payloads.
Transmission, Hydraulic System Improvements
The Case N Series introduces a new transmission family, the Powershift S-TypeTM, Powershift H-TypeTM 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 include four forward and three reverse gears, and the Powershuttle transmission offers four forward and four reverse gears. The Powershift transmission provides a standard kick-down feature and introduces the industry exclusive SmartClutchTM modulation. The SmartClutch feature lets operators customize the transition from forward to reverse to meet the demands of their specific application.
The N Series machines deliver improved cycle times and efficiencies through the new Variable Volume Hydraulic (VVH) System. The VVH System operates at a lower temperature than competitive hydraulic systems. 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.
Marringa added that Case loader/backhoes have always given contractors a solution for excavating, digging, carrying and loading. “A loader/backhoe’s versatility includes the ability to drive to a jobsite. The Case machines can travel at up to 24 miles per hour – and the over-center backhoe design makes travel smoother.”
New Cab Improves Visibility, Airflow, Comfort
Several new comfort and safety features in the N Series loader/backhoes boost operator productivity. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide superior 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, greatly 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 are also among the industry’s quietest – at 72 decibels – providing an environment in which the operator can concentrate on the task at hand.
Attachments Add Value
Case also offers a range of attachments for the N Series loader/backhoes, including hydraulic hammers, brooms, forks, augers and rakes. Case leads the industry in providing the only cab-activated hydraulic backhoe quick-coupler, hand-held hydraulics and loader quick-coupler options.
For additional loader/backhoe product specifications, customer testimonials, competitive comparisons, finance offers and more, please visit www.casece.com. For a Case loader/backhoe demonstration, see your local Case dealer.