New Holland Agriculture has taken a further significant step in the renewal of its light equipment range with a new backhoe loader range. Following the recent launch of the D Series wheeled loaders, the latest D Series backhoe loaders are said to deliver significant benefits in productivity, operator comfort and safety.
The new machines deliver powerful and fuel-efficient performance with a cutting-edge powertrain technology developed by FPT Industrial. The new F36 3.6-litre, four-cylinder engine delivers industry-leading power and torque up to 110hp and 460Nm. The Hi-eSCR2 after treatment system uses a low-rate exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and diesel particulate filter (DPF) to achieve the stringent Stage V emissions standards. The SCR integrates a maintenance-free filtering device that has the dual advantages of maintaining the after-treatment’s compact size, so that it has no impact on the design and visibility of the machine and ensuring maximum uptime.
The new D Series also introduces a host of efficiency-boosting features. They include the standard Eco Mode, which automatically regulates engine speed and hydraulic pressure in all operations that don’t require sustained speed and power, delivering up to 10 per cent fuel savings. Further fuel economy is achieved with the Auto Idle feature that lowers engine speed when the machine is inactive for more than five seconds, and Auto Engine Shutdown that switches off the engine after three minutes of inactivity.
The cab has been redesigned to significantly enhance the operator’s experience on board. The wider cab provides better access and the space to increase knee and feet clearance when the operator rotates the seat to switch from loader to backhoe operation. The parking brake and stabiliser levers have been relocated, and the switches on the right-hand console have been regrouped. Together with the new F-N-R (forward-neutral-reverse) switch integrated in the loader joystick and a new joystick roller switch for extending dipper operation these features further add to the operator’s comfort and productivity.
The latest Bluetooth technology includes two new USB ports, a 12-volt port on the instrument cluster and a mobile phone holder that makes it easier for the operator to bring their digital life on board. Industry-leading storage capacity, increased four-fold compared to the C Series, will enable them to comfortably accommodate everything they need during their working day.
Operator safety is always key for New Holland and the D Series backhoe loaders introduce further improvements. The excellent 360-degree visibility provided by the large, glazed areas benefits from new rear side glasses as well as the powerful work lights packages. This comes top of the many safety features, such as: the cab’s ROPS and FOPS (roll-over and fall-over protection systems) certification; the standard stabiliser check valves; backhoe transport lock; available safety valves for hydraulic cylinders; optional front loader check valves; 4×1 / 6×1 check valves; and object handling kit.