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New Holland beefs up backhoe range

NEW HOLLAND has made its first major move to strengthen its construction plant sector since the firms takeover by Fiat in 1991.

The company has replaced its D series backhoe loaders with three models, designated NH75, NH85 and NH95, with power ratings of 75PS, 85PS and 95PS respectively.

The machines feature several improvements over the D series. While the basic construction is similar, a sloped bonnet for improved visibility has been added, with all the daily checkable engine functions mounted on the same side for easy maintenance. All models are powered by New Hollands Genesis range of engines and have lockable engine covers.

For lifting, the straight arm loader has been beefed up by thickening and widening the loader boom. The front bucket has been made higher and fitted with a flat floor and new clevis-type teeth. The backhoe will benefit from improved torque, although its narrow boom has been retained.

The units will be available in two- or four-wheel drive versions, incorporating heavy duty reductions in the axle hubs to ensure maximum transmission of power to the wheels. Balanced steering cylinders are designed to provide light steering.

New Holland aims to raise its profile in the plant hire market with the NH series. The company has until now been strongly identified with the agricultural sector, with construction sales largely limited to owner-


Moir Russel, New Hollands sales support manager for special products, expects the smaller NH 75 and NH 85 models will hold most appeal for the cost-conscious hire market, with the larger machine more popular among individual buyers.

The first units will be shipped to dealers in March. Further launches are scheduled for later in the year.