New F-Series from Case
By Lindsay Gale29 September 2014
Case has launched its new F-Series range of compact wheeled loaders that it says has been designed to minimise servicing time and attachment changeover times while at the same time maximise productivity. Four models make up the new range – the 4.9 tonne 21F, 5.2 tonne 121F, 5.4 tonne 221F and 5.9 tonne 321F – and Case says that their optimal weight distribution allows them to lift a greater pallet load than their predecessors with, for example, the 21F XT able to lift 2,000 kg (4,400 lb), 400 kg more than the 21E it replaces. The smaller two of the four are available with both parallel and Z-bar linkages and all four meet Stage IV/Tier 4 Final emission legislation. Engine power for the 21F is 44 kW (58 hp), 48 kW (64 hp) for the 121F, and 55 kW (74 hp) for both the 221F and 321F.
The cab has been lowered to make the new machines easy to transport, with the 21F and 121F both falling under the 2.5 m (8.2 ft) so that they can easily pass under a 4 m (13 ft) bridge when on the back of a truck. The new machines also feature a narrow turning circle to aid in accessing confined spaces on site. Attachment change overs are speed through the use of the Case Connect-under-pressure that automatically depressurises the connectors with no hand tools being required.
The new hydraulic system delivers all the power needed to operate even the most power-hungry attachment. The High Flow option, available on the 221F and 321F, increases hydraulic flow from 70 to 130 litres per minute and allows the use of powered attachments.
The new compact wheel loaders feature a 4-wheel drive hydrostatic transmission that provides a 33 km/h High Speed option on the 221F and 321F models with a 2-gear mechanical gearbox. Turtle and rabbit speed can be engaged under load for maximum efficiency.