Backhoe Breakthrough: Cat 420 XE Backhoe Loader

By Toromont Cat
August 31, 2023
1 minute read
Cat 420 XE

Backhoes are considered essential equipment on most job sites, for applications ranging from digging and loading materials, to landscaping and removing snow. Add a Single Tilt Loader Coupler and a variety of attachments, and a backhoe becomes even more versatile. 


Because of that versatility, backhoe operators work long hours. To help ease the physical strain of potentially long hours, Caterpillar has invested time and resources to improve the comfort and efficiency of backhoe cabs. 

Those efforts led to the release of a new model in 2020: the Cat® 420 XE Backhoe Loader.

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Loaded with features


The 420 XE is our performance plus backhoe, improving on its 420 predecessor by replacing pilot controls with seat-mounted controls. 


That means more legroom, more storage, and better visibility through the front and back windows — an ergonomic operator station that can be adjusted to maximize operator comfort. 


Plus, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, a push button Parking Brake, powershift transmission for changing gears effortlessly, optional autoshift, dual mode from the seat-mounted controls, and a touchscreen monitor.


Other notable features include: 


  • Load-sensing hydraulics that ensure optimal hydraulic features at any engine speed, and a variable flow pump that adjusts power as needed.
  • Enhanced performance powered by an emissions-compliant Cat C3.6 engine with selective catalytic reduction technology and more efficient, maintenance free Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF).”. 
  • Four-speed powershift transmission, enabling smooth and simple gear shifting.
  • A redesigned boom cylinder that boosts productivity on the back end, with 15% more lift performance.
  • Machine versatility, thanks to a new integrated tool carrier (IT Coupler) for varied loader configurations and quick connection to attachments. 
  • Easy serviceability, with accessible maintenance checkpoints, a flip-up front grill, batteries relocated to a side compartment, and quick e-stick adjustments in the field.

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Plus, a large selection of Cat attachments — like Quick Couplers, Thumbs, Buckets, and Brooms — that ensure the 420 XE is "Dirt Ready" upon delivery.


Two other Cat backhoe loaders, the 440 and 450, also feature seat-mounted controls.

Built to perform


The Cat® 420 XE Backhoe Loader is a testament to Caterpillar's commitment to innovation and operator comfort. 


On job sites where operators demand the best in performance and efficiency, the 420 XE is a welcome sight


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Toromont Cat is your Cat Dealer in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I., Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nunavut. We are dedicated to supplying and servicing new and used equipment, delivering a superior customer experience and exceptional product support to the markets we serve.