At the recent Intermat 2015 show Case Construction Equipment launched their new range of wheel loaders that generate less emissions in six months than a 1996 loader did in a single day.
The F Series features four owner-friendly solutions unique to Case for quarrying, waste handling and contracting: the Hi-eSCR in-house technology; the rear-mounted engine; the Proshift five-speed transmission; and the heavy-duty cooling cube. The machines also feature highly effective LED lighting and exceptional comfort for long working days.
The F Series complies with EU Stage IV / Tier 4 Final with the Hi-eSCR technology developed by FPT Industrial, Case’s sister company. It uses the SCR introduced by FPT on trucks in 2004 and on Case wheel loaders in 2011, and doesn’t require particulate filter or EGR valve. Case say the design, which only uses built-for-life-components, is maintenance free and fuel efficient. With this system, fewer components are involved, engine oil is not compromised and because there is no need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF) or extra cooling, the engine hood is more compact, providing better rear visibility. An additional advantage is the wheel loader’s safety near flammable materials, as the exhaust’s maximum temperature is 200°C lower than it would be with a DPF. This is particularly valuable when doing jobs such as handling materials in wood recycling centres.
The design, which has five radiators mounted to form a cube instead of overlapping, ensures a constant flow of fresh, clean air from the sides and the top. This cube structure also provides easy access for cleaning.
Models up to 20 tons feature the high-efficiency Proshift five-speed transmission that allows the operator to take better advantage of the outstanding torque. The lock-up results in fuel savings of up to 2 litres/h and faster cycles compared to conventional transmissions. Productivity of these models is further improved by the rear-mounted engine, which results in a better weight distribution, and increasing the bucket payload by up to 15% compared to other loaders of the same weight.
Effective lighting is a key requirement for customers, who need wheel loaders to work in low light situations, for example during the winter months in northern countries when night falls early, or when they are running their units up to three shifts per day finishing well after dark. The new F Series offers a highly efficient lighting package with six LED lights providing a far-reaching spread of light – over 21,000 lumen of lighting power.
Wheel loader operators work long hours on a fast and powerful machine, so comfort is a key concern. Case teamed up with top-of-the-range seat experts Grammer for the F Series’ new premium leather seat, which provides outstanding protection from repetitive shocks and vibrations. The low-frequency absorber provides a smooth ride at all speeds, the fore and aft isolator ensures a comfortable ride on rough terrain, and the best-in-class active seat suspension with electronic automatic weight adjustment and dynamic dampening system delivers ultimate comfort. The adjustable armrests, extra-wide cushion, high and adjustable backrest, adjustable headrest and 80mm height adjustment allows the operator to personalise the seat set-up to create the perfect working position.