Case construction marked 60 years of wheel loader production at Intermat Paris this week (April 23-28) by showcasing its new G-series loaders and providing the first ever viewing of new ‘waste handler’ versions of the 821G and 921G, which have been added to the line of waste handler versions alongside the existing 621G and 721G waste handler models.
Specification of the new vehicles includes a spark-free exhaust courtesy of the FPT engines’ Hi-eSCR exhaust system, cube radiator arrangement to minimise dirt ingress and ease cleaning, and a guarding pack.
A highlight of the G series – F models remain in production for Africa and the Middle East – is a new operator cabin, used on all seven models in the range. It features a panoramic one-piece curved front screen. Combined with a slim engine cover, heated rear window and multiple rear view mirrors, this is claimed by Case to give the G series wheel loaders a higher level of both front and rear visibility.
In-cab noise levels are 2dB lower than those of the previous generation of machines, with 521G to 821G models rated at 68dB and the 921G to 1121G at 69dB. Both primary and recirculation air filtration have been improved, while at the same time the filter replacement intervals have been lengthened. Options include high efficacy and active carbon filters.
The operator control interface features a full colour 8in display which provides access to all machine settings and information screens, plus access when required to a wide-view rear monitor. A new control pad allows for the setting and adjustment of automatic bucket functions.
The fully-adjustable console, mounted to a redesigned premium active suspension seat, features a new joystick with improved ergonomics. A joystick steering option provides two equally-sized joysticks with wide armrests on both sides of the seat, similar to those found on Case’s excavator ranges. Joystick steering features speed proportional sensitivity with three settings that allow the operator to match the machine’s level of responsiveness to the task in hand.
New features include an integrated microphone that, combined with a Bluetooth connection and automatic answering function, allows operators to answer phone calls safely without taking their eyes of the working area or their hands off the controls.
All of the new machines are powered by EU Stage IV/Tier 4 Final engines with no diesel particulate filter or exhaust gas recirculation. Emissions are dealt with via FPT Industrial’s Hi-eSCR after-treatment system. The G range mirrors the F series, with seven models 106-259kW (142-347hp), although bucket payloads have been increased on most models, and now span 3.9-10.2 tonnes, up from 3.6-9.1 tonnes).
The brand’s 2017 Good Design award-winning G series Stage IV/Tier 4F wheel loaders were center stage, but there was plenty more to see besides, as parent firm CNH Industrial took the opportunity to display a range of complementary products from its range of associated businesses, as it seeks to create a full-line offering for large-scale buyers in road building, urban construction, recycling and quarrying.
“We want to show buyers that, while we as Case Construction can supply them with a full range of excavators, skid-steer loaders, backhoe loaders, telescopic handlers, wheel loaders, graders, dozers and compactors, we can also supply the wider needs of projects through our sister businesses,” said Jose Cuadrado, vice president for CNH Industrial’s construction equipment businesses in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
“That’s why we’re showing models from the Iveco and Iveco Astra product ranges here at Intermat, with examples of off-road trucks and articulated dump trucks respectively that complement the Case construction equipment line.”
By Martin Rickatson