Civil engineering contractor and plant hirer P&H Civils of Penrith has taken delivery of a top-of-the-range 695ST, a four equal-sized wheel machine powered by a 110 hp engine driving through a standard Powershift transmission.
The machine, which was supplied with a hydraulic hammer in addition to the standard backhoe bucket, features pilot controls for optimum precision and user comfort.
Meanwhile, Manx plant hirer Stephen Christian & Sons has bought a Case 590ST with Powershuttle transmission and a 110 hp engine. The 590ST shares all the features of the 695ST but comes with a choice of 20” or 18” front wheels.
These two machines are the first backhoes with this engine to be sold in the UK.
All T Series machines are now powered by the Case 434T/E four-cylinder turbocharged 3.4 litre common-rail engine with cooled exhaust gas recirculation (CEGR). The Tier 4 Interim compliant power plant produces 97hp (72kW) for the 580ST, rising to 110hp (82kW) in the 590ST and the range-topping 695ST models.
Case says that CEGR allows more efficient combustion to deliver superior horsepower, faster response under load and a fuel saving of up to 14% compared to previous models.
As with all Case backhoes, the new models are available with the Case Hydraulic Quick Coupler, a factory-mounted device located within the dipper that enables rapid changing of buckets and other boom-mounted equipment.
Richard Christian, director of Stephen Christian & Sons of Kirk Michael, Isle of Man, said his firm had used Case machines for more than 30 years. “We run a range of diggers – and they’re all Case. We find them reliable and productive and we have a good relationship with our suppliers, Barnfield.”
At P&H Civils, the company’s new 695ST (pictured below), delivered in late July, is now working on the Forth Replacement Crossing (FRC) in Scotland, where the company is carrying out drainage works.