Offering a highly configurable design, the new Cat® 426F2 Backhoe Loader with Side Shift frame provides customers with additional choices, allowing the selection of a more base-specification model or a highly configured machine to match budget and operating needs. Customers can choose between 2- or 4-wheel drive, backhoe loader or excavator control pattern, cab climate control packages, and specified Product Link™ technology levels, among other options, to get the machine matched to their requirements. Adding to the popular Cat F2 Series Backhoe Loader family, the new 426F2 is designed with the operator in mind, featuring an all-new cab design that provides a comfortable and operator-friendly environment with excellent visibility. High pump oil flow delivers excellent hydraulic performance at the operator’s fingertips, and load-sensing hydraulics enable this new Cat machine to efficiently tackle a variety of applications ranging from loading and carrying to full-depth trenching. Delivering the power and productivity needed for high performance jobs, the new 426F2 backhoe loader can be equipped with up to a 1.05 m3 loader bucket offering a 7 012-kg tipping load at breakout point. Its standard 4.3-m-long standard excavator-style stick delivers a 4.7-m maximum digging depth and 4.03-m loading height. Engine & Powertrain Built on the rugged, field-proven driveline found on existing F2 Series machines, the new 426F2 backhoe loader delivers excellent production performance combined with the reliability customers expect from Caterpillar. The machine is powered by the 68.5 kW Cat 3054C 4-cylinder diesel engine with advanced cooling system designed for efficient and reliable operation in ambient temperature reaching 50-degrees Celsius. An externally mounted engine pre-cleaner offers quick filter servicing for customers working in dusty operating conditions. Its Cat four-speed Power-Shuttle transmission delivers effortless gear changes, up to 40 km/h road speeds and matched gear ratios for optimum performance in all applications. Whether equipped with standard 2-wheel or optional 4-wheel drive, the new 426F2 backhoe loader features standard 100% differential lock, in the rear axle, to provide maximum traction in poor ground conditions. With its enclosed rear axle design featuring a wet multi-plate braking system, the new 426F2 backhoe loader delivers reliable operation even in the harshest conditions. Self-adjusting and oil immersed, the system boasts dual brake pedals for split braking in tight corners to increase maneuverability. Operator Comfort Standard Providing maximum comfort during operation, the new wide cab design gives the operator extra room to freely switch positions when transitioning from one operating mode to another. The cab has been purpose-built for the African and Middle Eastern markets, offering increased storage space and generous space at the rear of the cab. New mechanical hoe control layout features an integral stabilizer and boom lock control for effortless operation. Its ergonomic design ensures all controls, including the multifunction mechanical loader control with integral differential lock and transmission neutralizer switches, are within easy reach of the operator. Customers can choose between backhoe loader (+ or X) or excavator (ISO) control pattern to suit the operator’s preference. With tinted glass standard to help regulate inside cab temperatures, the front curved windscreen and glazing encircling the operator enhances visibility. Flat glass panels located at the sides and rear of the operator lower replacement costs. Improved door and window seals protect against dust and debris infiltration. Large vents with the choice of heating and/or air conditioning help to moderate inner cab temperatures for comfortable operation.