420F/420F IT Backhoe Loader



Technical Specifications
Benefits and Features

Experience the difference of a Cat® Backhoe Loader. Spacious operator station features ergonomic joystick controls, ample legroom and an air suspension seat to keep you comfortable all day long. Built for greater reach, dump height, breakout force and pushing power, the Cat 420F/420F IT helps you get more done to improve your bottom line.

Net Power - SAE J1349 93 HP
Engine Model - Standard Cat® C4.4 ACERT™ DIT
Gross Power - SAE J1995 102 HP
Net Power - ISO 9249 94 HP
Gross Power - ISO 14396 100 HP
Net Power - EEC 80/1269 94 HP
Bore 4.13 in
Stroke 5 in
Displacement 268 in³
Net Peak Power - 1,800 rpm - EEC 80/1269 97 HP
Net Peak Power - 1,800 rpm - ISO 9249 97 HP
Net Peak Power - 1,800 rpm - SAE J1349 95 HP
Net Torque Rise - 1,400 rpm - Standard 46 %
Net Peak Torque - 1400 rpm - Standard - SAE J1349 323 ft-lb
Dig Depth - Standard 14.3 ft
Reach from Swing Pivot - Standard 18.4 ft
Bucket Rotation 205 °
Bucket Dig Force - Standard 14086 lb
Stick Dig Force - Standard 9781 lb
Loading Height - Standard 11.9 ft
Loading Reach - Standard 6.1 ft
Bucket Dig Force - E-Stick Extended 13889 lb
Bucket Dig Force - E-Stick Retracted 13889 lb
Dig Depth - E-Stick Extended 17.9 ft
Dig Depth - E-Stick Retracted 14.4 ft
Loading Height - E-Stick Extended 13.67 ft
Loading Height - E-Stick Retracted 11.8 ft
Loading Reach - E-Stick Extended 9.3 ft
Loading Reach - E-Stick Retracted 6.3 ft
Reach from Swing Pivot - E-Stick Extended 21.8 ft
Reach from Swing Pivot - E-Stick Retracted 18.6 ft
Stick Dig Force - E-Stick Extended 7122 lb
Stick Dig Force - E-Stick Retracted 9757 lb
Operating Weight - Maximum 24251 lb
Operating Weight - Nominal 15201 lb
Cab - ROPS/FOPS 406 lb
Auto-Shift Transmission 119 lb
Ride Control 31 lb
Four Wheel Drive 353 lb
Loader, IT with Quick Coupler 434 lb
MP Bucket (1.00 m3/1.30 yd3) - Without Fold-Over Forks 1642 lb
Extendible Stick - No Weights 599 lb
Air Conditioning 121 lb
Counterweights - Option 1 255 lb
Counterweights - Option 2 530 lb
Counterweights - Option 3 1015 lb
Bucket Capacity - General Purpose 1.25 yd³
Bucket Width - General Purpose 7.42 ft
Dump Height at Maximum Angle - Single Tilt 9 ft
Dump Height at Maximum Angle - IT with QC 8.75 ft
Dump Reach at Maximum Angle - Single Tilt 2.66 ft
Dig Depth - Single Tilt 3 in
Dump Reach at Maximum Angle - IT with QC 2.9 ft
Lift Capacity at Full Height - Single Tilt 7237 lb
Bucket Breakout Force - Single Tilt 11197 lb
Bucket Breakout Force - IT with QC 11484 lb
Dig Depth - IT with QC 4 in
Lift Capacity at Full Height - IT with QC 8193 lb
Hydraulic System
Circuit Type Closed center, load sensing
Pump Capacity at 2,200 rpm 43 gal/min
System Pressure - Backhoe 3600 psi
System Pressure - Loader 3600 psi
Pump Type Variable-flow, axial piston
Steering Type Front wheel
Power Steering Hydrostatic, HMU
2WD Cylinder - Bore 2.6 in
4WD Cylinder - Bore 2.6 in
2WD Cylinder - Rod Diameter 1.4 in
2WD Cylinder - Stroke 4.7 in
4WD Cylinder - Rod Diameter 1.4 in
4WD Cylinder - Stroke 4.7 in
Brake System Inboard, oil-immersed, multiple disc
Power Train
Power Shuttle Transmission - Forward 1st 3.7 mile/h
Power Shuttle Transmission - Reverse 1st 3.7 mile/h
Auto-Shift - Optional - Forward 1st 3.7 mile/h
Auto-Shift - Optional - Reverse 1st 3.7 mile/h
Auto-Shift - Optional - Forward 2nd 5.9 mile/h
Auto-Shift - Optional - Forward 3rd 12 mile/h
Auto-Shift - Optional - Forward 4th 17 mile/h
Auto-Shift - Optional - Forward 5th 25 mile/h
Auto-Shift - Optional - Reverse 2nd 7.8 mile/h
Auto-Shift - Optional - Reverse 3rd 17 mile/h
Power Shuttle Transmission - Forward 2nd 5.9 mile/h
Power Shuttle Transmission - Forward 3rd 12 mile/h
Power Shuttle Transmission - Forward 4th 25 mile/h
Power Shuttle Transmission - Reverse 2nd 5.9 mile/h
Power Shuttle Transmission - Reverse 3rd 12 mile/h
Power Shuttle Transmission - Reverse 4th 25 mile/h
Axle Ratings
Front Axle (2WD) - Static 50582 lb
Front Axle (4WD) - Static 50582 lb
Rear Axle - Static 50582 lb
Front Axle (2WD) - Dynamic 20233 lb
Front Axle (4WD) - Dynamic 20233 lb
Rear Axle - Dynamic 20233 lb
Operating Specifications - Backhoe
Turning Circle - Outside - Front Wheels 26.8 ft
Turning Circle - Outside, Widest Loading Bucket 36 ft
Service Refill
Cooling System 5.8 gal (US)
Fuel Tank 45 gal (US)
Engine Oil - With Filter 2 gal (US)
Transmission - Torque Converter - Power Shuttle - 2WD 4.9 gal (US)
Transmission - Torque Converter - Power Shuttle - 4WD 4.9 gal (US)
Rear Axle 4.4 gal (US)
Rear Axle - Planetaries 0.4 gal (US)
Front Axle (4WD) 2.9 gal (US)
Front Axle - Planetaries 0.2 gal (US)
Hydraulic System 25.1 gal (US)
Hydraulic Tank 11.1 gal (US)
Transmission - Torque Converter - Auto-Shift - 4WD 5 gal (US)
Brakes SAE J/ISO 3450, ISO 3450 1996
Cab - ROPS SAE J1040 May 1994/ISO 3741 1994
Cab - FOPS SAE J/ISO 3449 APR98 LEVEL II and ISO 3449: 1992 LEVEL II
Cab - Sound ANSI/SAE J1166 Oct 98 is 79 dB (A)
Exterior Sound SAE J88 JUN86 is 76 dB (A)

Operator Station

Superior Comfort

The ergonomic, automotive style operator station helps you work comfortably and productively all day long. Select the configuration that meets your needs - Canopy, Deluxe Cab or Deluxe Cab with air conditioning. Features include:

  • Adjustable air suspension seat (standard)
  • Excellent visibility over the hood
  • Easy-to-read gauge cluster
  • Ample legroom
  • Automatic Engine Speed Control to conserve fuel
  • Storage compartments for tools and belongings
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 is increased operator comfort, reduced 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.

Joystick Controls

Ergonomic excavator-style joystick controls provide precise control with low effort. Thumb rollers provide convenient, fingertip control of auxiliary functions, eliminating floor mounted foot pedals.

Power Train

Cat Engine

The Cat C4.4 ACERT™ engine provides cleaner, quieter operation while delivering superior performance and durability. The engine meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Interim and EU Stage IIIB emission requirements. The engine also features:

  • Passive regeneration system requiring no operator interaction
  • Long life diesel particulate filter
  • Improved fuel efficiency

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.

  • Larger torque converter delivers up to 14% greater pushing power, increased aggressiveness in hard bank and faster roading and hill climbing.
  • 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.


Powerful Hydraulic System

The load-sensing, closed center hydraulic system matches pressure and flow to the job demands. Whether you're in full trenching mode or digging around delicate services, you are 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. New electronic pump torque limiter delivers improved power management and hydraulic performance. The load-sensing hydraulic system also delivers:

  • Better fuel efficiency
  • Quieter operation
  • Reduced wear on components
  • Cooler hydraulic temperatures
  • Full dig and lift forces at any engine speed

Backhoe 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 1.1 m (3.5 ft).


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

Loader Performance

Choice of linkage:

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

  • Single Tilt loader linkage (standard) features strong lift and breakout forces for solid performance in backfilling and truck loading applications with pin-on buckets.
  • 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.

Work Tools

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 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.


Minimize Your Downtime

Convenient service features makes 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

Customer Support

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:

  • Gauge Cluster:
    • Gauges: coolant temperature, fuel level, tachometer
    • LCD screen: hour meter, torque converter, oil temperature, hydraulic oil temperature, operator settings, service mode diagnostics
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