420F2 / 420F2IT Backhoe Loader - Center Pivot

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Net Power - SAE J134993 HP (69 kW)
Dig Depth - Standard14.3 ft (4360 mm)
Operating Weight - Maximum24251 lb (11000 kg)
Cab - ROPS/FOPS359 lb (163 kg)
Experience the Backhoe Loader designed around customer feedback. The Cat 420F2 Backhoe Loader puts all the machine controls at the operator's fingertips. Operate all auxiliary controls with thumb rollers. Move from job site to job site quickly and smoothly with the additional 6th gear on the autoshift transmission and optional lock-up torque converter.


Net Power - SAE J134993 HP (69 kW)
Dig Depth - Standard14.3 ft (4360 mm)
Operating Weight - Maximum24251 lb (11000 kg)
Cab - ROPS/FOPS359 lb (163 kg)
Ride Control31 lb (14 kg)
Four Wheel Drive364 lb (165 kg)
Counterweights - Option 1255 lb (115 kg)
Air Conditioning93 lb (42 kg)
Counterweights - Option 2530 lb (240 kg)
Counterweights - Option 31015 lb (460 kg)
Bore4.13 in (105 mm)
Stroke5 in (127 mm)
Displacement268 in³ (4.4 B)
Pump TypeVariable Flow, Axial Piston
Dig Depth - E-Stick Extended17.9 ft (5441 mm)
Axle Oscillation11°
Feature (9)Direct injection fuel system provides accurate fuel delivery; remote mounted electric lift pump improves serviceability.
Note (1)* Must meet the requirements outlined in ISO 22241.
Net Peak Torque - 1,400 rpm322 ft-lb (436 N·m)
Feature (13)High contact ratio/gear train, peripheral fixed isolation top cover and open deck block design reduce bare engine noise.
Feature (3)Foot operated brake pedals can be interlocked for roading.
Auto-Shift - Optional - Reverse 3rd17 mile/h (28 km/h)
Auto-Shift Transmission - With Lock-Up Torque Converter - Optional: Forward - 1st3.6 mile/h (5.8 km/h)
Choice 2Front: 12.5/80-18 (12 ply) 1-3/Rear: 19.5L-24 (12 ply) ATU
Power SteeringHydrostatic
Rated Net Power - ISO 924994 HP (70 kW)
Axle Oscillation10 Degrees
Turning Circle - (inner wheel not braked) - Outside Widest Loader Bucket36 ft (10.97 m)
Rated Net Power - SAE J134993 HP (69 kW)
Feature (11)Direct electric, 12-volt starting and charging system with 880 CCA Group 31 maintenance free battery.
Turning Circle - (inner wheel not braked) - Outside Front Wheels26.8 ft (8.18 m)
Auto-Shift Transmission - With Lock-Up Torque Converter - Optional: Forward - 5th LUC15 mile/h (25 km/h)
Feature (10)Dry-type axial seal air cleaner with integral precleaner, automatic dust ejection system, and filter condition indicator.
Auto-Shift Transmission - With Lock-Up Torque Converter - Optional: Forward - 6th25 mile/h (40 km/h)
Cab - ROPSSAE J1040 MAY94; ISO 3741 1994
Choice 5Front: 340/80R 18/Rear: 500/70R 24 RT
Auto-Shift Transmission - With Lock-Up Torque Converter - Optional: Reverse - 1st3.6 mile/h (5.8 km/h)
Feature (4)Parking/secondary brakes are independent of the service brake system.
Auto-Shift Transmission - With Lock-Up Torque Converter - Optional: Forward - 6th LUC25 mile/h (40 km/h)
Choice 3Front: 12.5/80-18 NHS (12 ply) 1-3/Rear: 21L-24 (16 ply) R4 ATU
Auto-Shift Transmission - With Lock-Up Torque Converter - Optional: Forward - 4th12 mile/h (19 km/h)
Cab - FOPSSAE J/ISO 3449 APR98 LEVEL II and ISO 3449: 1992 LEVEL II
Feature (15)Engine is equipped with electric fuel priming pump.
Feature (12)Standard glow plug starting aid system for efficient cold weather starting.
TypeFront Wheel
Auto-Shift Transmission - With Lock-Up Torque Converter - Optional: Forward - 5th14 mile/h (23 km/h)
Auto-Shift Transmission - With Lock-Up Torque Converter - Optional: Reverse - 2nd7.6 mile/h (12 km/h)
Feature (8)Cylinder head's intake and exhaust ports are precision cast to promote optimum gas flow.
Note (2)Requires ultra-low sulfur fuel less than or equal to 15 ppm fuel sulfur.
Feature (5)Heat resistant, silicone-chrome steel intake and STELLITE-faced exhaust valves provide long life.
Feature (2)Self-adjusting, completely enclosed and sealed.
Feature (4)Front and rear crankshaft oil seals are “lip” type Viton and PTFE designs featuring an integral dust lip.
Feature (1)Regeneration is passive and does not require any input from the operator or disrupt work.
Feature (6)Cylinder block is high strength, cast iron alloy of deep skirt, monobloc design for increased strength and long life.
Feature (5)Parking brake is mechanically applied through an adjustable hand lever located on the right console.
Cab - SoundANSI/SAE J1166 OCT98 is 79 dB(A)
Feature (3)Forged chrome/molybdenum-steel crankshaft with crankshaft with either induction hardened or nitrocarburized journals.
Choice 1Front: 11L-16 (12 ply) F-3/Rear: 19.5L-24 (12 ply) R4 ATU
NoteEngine meets Tier 4 Final emission standards.
Choice 4Front: 340/80R 18/Rear: 19.5L-24 (12 ply) R4 ATU
Feature (2)Three-ring pistons made of lightweight, silicon/aluminum alloy for strength and maximum thermal conductivity.
Feature (14)Higher low end torque for better engine/machine performance.
Auto-Shift Transmission - With Lock-Up Torque Converter - Optional: Forward - 3rd7 mile/h (12 km/h)
Feature (1)Brakes meet the following standards: SAE J1473 and ISO 3450 requirements.
Bore2.6 in (65 mm)
Auto-Shift Transmission - With Lock-Up Torque Converter - Optional: Reverse - 3rd17 mile/h (28 km/h)
Feature (7)Cylinder head is high strength, cast iron alloy construction with extra duty wall and deck thickness.
Hydraulic Tank10.6 gal (US) (40 B)
Front Axle (2WD) - Dynamic20233 lb (9186 kg)
Stroke4.7 in (120 mm)
Loader, IT with Quick Coupler699 lb (317 kg)
Power Shuttle Transmission - Reverse 3rd13 mile/h (21 km/h)
Auto-Shift - Optional - Forward 1st3.6 mile/h (5.8 km/h)
Auto-Shift - Optional - Forward 6th25 mile/h (40 km/h)
Power Shuttle Transmission - Reverse 4th25 mile/h (40 km/h)
Power Shuttle Transmission - Forward 4th25 mile/h (40 km/h)
TypeClosed Center
System Pressure - Loader3600 psi (25000 kPa)
Pump Capacity at 2,200 rpm43 gal/min (163 l/min)
System Pressure - Backhoe3600 psi (25000 kPa)
Operating Weight - Maximum - ROPS Capacity24251 lb (11000 kg)
Extendible Stick672 lb (305 kg)
MP Bucket (1.00 m3/1.30 yd3) - No Forks or Teeth1642 lb (745 kg)
Auto-Shift - Optional - Reverse 2nd7.6 mile/h (12 km/h)
Auto-Shift Transmission525 lb (238 kg)
Engine ModelCat® C4.4 ACERT™
Rated Net Power - 2,200 rpm - ISO 924994 HP (70 kW)
Net Torque Rise - 1,400 rpm - SAE J134946%
Net Power - 2,200 rpm - SAE J134993 HP (69 kW)
Gross Power - SAE J1995102 HP (76 kW)
Gross Power - ISO 14396100 HP (74 kW)
Net Peak Power - 1,800 rpm - EEC 80/1269106 HP (79 kW)
Rated Net Power - 2,200 rpm - EEC 80/126994 HP (70 kW)
Net Peak Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 9249106 HP (79 kW)
Net Peak Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1349105 HP (78 kW)
Power Shuttle Transmission - Forward 3rd13 mile/h (21 km/h)
Power Shuttle Transmission - Forward 1st3.4 mile/h (5.4 km/h)
Rod Diameter1.4 in (36 mm)
Diesel Exhaust Fluid*5 gal (US) (19 B)
Auto-Shift Transmission - With Lock-Up Torque Converter - Optional: Forward - 2nd5.7 mile/h (9.3 km/h)
Rear Axle - Dynamic20233 lb (9186 kg)
Front Axle (4WD) - Static50582 lb (22964 kg)
Front Axle (2WD) - Static50582 lb (22964 kg)
Front Axle (4WD) - Dynamic20233 lb (9186 kg)
Rear Axle - Static50582 lb (22964 kg)
Transmission - Power Shuttle - 4WD4 gal (US) (15 B)
Rear Axle - Planetaries0.4 gal (US) (1.7 B)
Front Axle (4WD)2.9 gal (US) (11 B)
Transmission - Auto-Shift - 4WD5 gal (US) (19 B)
Hydraulic System25.1 gal (US) (95 B)
Engine Oil - With Filter2.3 gal (US) (8.8 B)
Auto-Shift - Optional - Reverse 1st3.6 mile/h (5.8 km/h)
Front Axle (4WD) - Planetaries0.2 gal (US) (0.7 B)
Cooling System with Air Conditioning5.9 gal (US) (22.5 B)
Fuel Tank42 gal (US) (160 B)
Transmission - Power Shuttle - 2WD4 gal (US) (15 B)
Rear Axle4.4 gal (US) (16.5 B)
Auto-Shift - Optional - Forward 4th12 mile/h (19 km/h)
Power Shuttle Transmission - Forward 2nd5.6 mile/h (9 km/h)
Auto-Shift - Optional - Forward 3rd7 mile/h (12 km/h)
Auto-Shift - Optional - Forward 2nd5.7 mile/h (9.3 km/h)
Power Shuttle Transmission - Reverse 2nd5.6 mile/h (9 km/h)
Power Shuttle Transmission - Reverse 1st3.4 mile/h (5.4 km/h)
Auto-Shift - Optional - Forward 5th16 mile/h (26 km/h)
BrakesSAE J/ISO 3450; ISO 3450 1996
Exterior SoundSAE J188 JUN86 is 76 dB(A)

Benefits and Features

Unmatched Comfort

The ergonomic, automotive style operator station helps you work comfortably and productively all day long. Choose the configuration that meets your needs – Canopy, Cab Deluxe or Cab Deluxe with Air Conditioning. Other features include:

  • Adjustable air suspension seat
  • Tilt and telescoping steering column
  • Excellent visibility over hood and up to bucket dump
  • Pantograph windshield wiper
  • Large front windshield screen
  • Large LCD gauge cluster screen
  • Ample legroom
  • Optional heated seat
  • Differential lock button on loader lever
  • Large opening windows
  • Solid roof cab
  • LED brake lights
  • Heated seat (optional)

Ride Control

The optional Ride Control System smoothes the ride in all conditions, including load and carry, highway roading or simply moving around the job site. The result can be increased operator comfort, potentially reducing operator fatigue, and improved material retention.

Pattern Selector

The pattern selector switch, located in the cab, lets you change from an excavator to a backhoe control pattern simply by pressing a button. This lets you use the pattern you are most comfortable with so you can be more productive.

Premium Gauge Cluster

Bright and large LCD screen makes it easy to monitor machine operation and settings. LED indicator lights and audible alarms allow the machine to clearly communicate with the operator.

Safety Getting in and out of the Cab

New longer grab handles and ergonomic step placement makes it easy to maintain three points of contact when getting in and out of the cab.

Joystick Controls

Cat Backhoe Loader joysticks are economically designed to provide precise control with low effort. Loader control levers on both the Single Tilt and Integrated Toolcarrier models offer a thumb roller for any 3rd function auxiliary. The differential lock control is newly located on the loader control to bring controllability to the operator's fingertips. New on the IT model is the forward, neutral, reverse control switch.

Cat Engine

The Cat C4.4 ACERT engine operates quietly while delivering performance and durability. The engine meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emission standards. Engine features includes:

  • Selective catalytic reduction
  • Diesel oxidation catalyst
  • Diesel exhaust fluid with system purge
  • Limited operator interaction


The standard power shuttle transmission provides four speeds forward and reverse. Hydraulically shifted clutches allow on-the-go direction and travel speed shifts. The optional auto-shift transmission matches gear with grade and load conditions. Now with six forward and reverse speeds, the machine can reach top speeds smoothly and quickly.

  • The new optional lock-up torque converter, offered on the autoshift transmission, improves fuel efficiency up to 20% over the standard six gear autoshift. The lock-up torque converter also improves roading for long distances and with uphill climbs.
  • Hydraulic proportional control valves deliver smooth speed and directional shifts.
  • Four Wheel Drive option improves mobility and loader performance in poor underfoot conditions and can be activated on-the-go.
  • Maximum roading speed of 40 km/h (25 mph) improves travel time between job sites.

Brake Mode Selector

Brake mode selector switch has three positions: two wheel drive, two wheel drive with all wheel braking and four wheel drive. Two wheel drive with all wheel braking provides better tire life while roading and engages the front axle when brakes are applied for improved braking performance. Brake mode selector is included in the 4WD package.

Load Sensing Hydraulics

Closed center hydraulic system matches pressure and flow to application demand. Whether you're in full trenching mode or digging around delicate services, you remain in control. In applications such as production trenching where speed is important, the system will provide the flow needed to get the job done quickly and efficiently. The load sensing hydraulic system provides:

  • Better fuel efficiency
  • Electronically controlled
  • Quieter operation
  • Reduced component wear
  • Cooler hydraulic temperatures
  • Full forces at any engine speed

Flow Sharing Valves

Specifically tuned hydraulic valves allows for the multifunction of hydraulic components, without machine manipulation. Hydraulic fluid is shared between implements so that operation isn't interrupted.

Hydraulic Lines

Combination two way and one way flow hydraulic lines add versatility to the machine. By simply changing the lever position, the machine can efficiently run either style hydro mechanical tool.

Economy Mode

Cat Backhoe Loaders are able to reduce engine speed to 1,900 rpm while maintaining superior hydraulic power and performance.


The excavator-style boom is built for optimum performance and durability. The curved design provides added clearance when digging over obstacles or loading trucks. The narrow boom enhances the viewing area to the bucket and the trench throughout the operating range. More robust swing casting and double clevis design improves durability and reliability.


Serrated edges on the stick provide improved material clamping for clearing and demolition applications. The optional extendible stick (E-stick) increases reach and dig depth by approximately 1.2 m (4 ft).

Programmable Auxiliary Flow Control

  • Three auxiliary settings for two auxiliary functions
  • Accessed through the gauge cluster, operators can match the hydraulic flow of the machine to a work tool attachment


Thumb mounting provisions are standard on every Cat Backhoe Loader for added machine versatility. Cat hydraulic thumbs are available for even greater versatility. Mechanical thumbs are also available through your Cat dealer.

Front loader arms deliver more reach, dump height and breakout. Choose the loader linkage that suits your application:

Powerful Single Tilt Loader Linkage

  • Delivers strong lift and breakout forces for a solid performance in backfilling and truck loading applications with pin-on buckets.
  • Optional third function hydraulics are now operated by an ergonomically designed thumb roller.
  • The operator can now engage the differential lock with a press of a button on the loader lever for added machine control.

Integrated Toolcarrier (IT) loader linkage (optional) provides high breakout forces with parallel lift for efficient loading and material handling:

  • The versatile integrated toolcarrier comes with a standard hydraulic quick coupler and can use a wide range of Cat Work Tools for a variety of applications.
  • The single lever IT loader control provides fine modulation of hydraulic work tools. A thumb roller operates auxiliary hydraulic functions on work tools such as multi purpose buckets, brooms and other attachments.
  • The IT loader lever provides additional machine control by offering the Forward, Neutral and Reverse control switch at the operator's fingertips.

Backhoe Work Tools

Increase the versatility of your machine with the large selection of backhoe attachments:

  • Buckets – Standard Duty, Heavy Duty, Heavy Duty Rock, Soil Excavation, Coral and Ditch Cleaning
  • Cold Planers
  • Hammers
  • Augers
  • Rippers
  • Thumbs (mechanical and hydraulic)
  • Vibratory Plate Compactors
  • Quick Couplers

Loader Work Tools

A wide range of loader attachments is available including:

  • Buckets – General Purpose, Multi Purpose, Side Dump and Light Material
  • Angle Blades
  • Brooms
  • Rakes
  • Forks
  • Material Handling Arms
  • Snow Plows

IT Loader Quick Coupler

The quick coupler allows fast and easy connection to work tools. Mechanical work tools can be changed in less than 30 seconds from the comfort of the operator station.

Backhoe Quick Coupler

Manual or hydraulic backhoe couplers make rear tool exchange quick and easy. New Cat dual lock coupler has a self-adjusting wedge design to ensure a tight fit. It also features a safety lock that automatically engages.

Minimize Your Downtime

Convenient service features make maintenance easy, reducing your downtime:

  • Hinged cooling pack provides easy access
  • Tilt up hood provides easy, convenient access to all engine check points
  • Engine side panels remove easily without the use of tools
  • Cat Product Link™ system (optional) provides remote reporting of machine location and operating system parameters

Renowned Dealer Support

From helping you choose the right machine to knowledgeable ongoing support, Cat dealers provide the best in sales and service.

  • Preventive maintenance programs and guaranteed maintenance contracts
  • Best-in-class parts availability
  • Operator training to help boost your profits
  • Genuine Cat Remanufactured parts

Standard Equipment

Optional Equipment