Customer driven improvements are designed into the 444E.
Lower Operating CostsThe 444E has an adjustment system that is simple to adjust ensuring easy maintenance of the Stabilizer and E-Stick a wear pads. This means less machine downtime and more convenience for the operator providing low operating costs.
All Wheel BrakingAll Wheel Braking is standard on all 444E Backhoe loaders. When driving in two wheel drive, applying the brakes engages four wheel drive. Releasing the brakes returns the transmission to two wheel drive. This effective systemworks well in hazardous, slippery or steep surfaces. Braking modes are controlled by an easily accessible All Wheel Drive Switch improving braking effectiveness and helps reduce tire wear.
Improved Weight DistributionThe 444E has been designed with a long wheel base to ensure optimum balance and handling, particularly when roading. This is achieved with no loss in turning circle.
Pattern ChangerThe 444E has an in-cab backhoe control pattern changer as standard, allowing operators to choose between either ISO, or SAE control patterns. Conveniently located within reach of the operator the operator can easily select a preferred operating control pattern.operation.
Large Fuel TankResponding to customer needs, a large 160 liter fuel tank with the Cat engine and efficient hydraulic system ensures longer periods between fill ups and less inconvenience.
Cat Immobilizer SystemMachine theft has serious repercussions for your business, such as loss of business, higher insurance costs and inconvenience. The Cat Immobilizer System is a diesel engine immobilizer system,designed to provide theft protection. The system meets Thatcham approval and PTAG attack time requirements and a premium discount may be available from certain Insurance companies (seeyour Cat dealer for details). The system uses the same key but has a one touch pad for easy disarming.
Electro-Deposition CoatingYour 444E has been protected by an undercoat of electrodeposited (E-Coat) primer, which completely seals each metallic component and offers a superlative degree of protection from damage and corrosion. Coupled with the high solids polyurethane top coat, your 444E will stay looking good for longer, ensuring optimum resale value.
Pilot Operated Joystick Controls
As standard, to reduce fatigue, improved visibility and increase versatility.
Joystick ControlsExcavator style joystick controls provide smooth modulation and are ergonomically designed for low effort control maximizing operator comfort. The location of the controls naturally positions the operator in to the most comfortable of operating positions. Proportional controls in both the loader and the excavator hoe joysticks give precise control of loader and excavator worktools and extendable stick.
Excavator Control Pattern ChangerThe 444E has an in-cab backhoe control pattern changer as standard, allowing operators to choose between either ISO, or SAE control patterns. Conveniently located within reach of the operator the operator can easily select a preferred operating control pattern.
Stabilizer ControlsPilot operated, conveniently located stabilizer controls are available with optional Auto-Up feature, reducing cycle times and improving visibility to the rear.
Multi Position Joystick PodsThe joysticks are pod-mounted, with two location positions, fore and aft for the controls. This allows the operator to move forward when excavating close to the rear of the machine, and have a clear view to the trench.
VisibilityWith no centrally mounted control console impeding vision, the operator has an unobstructed view to the working area.
Equal Size Tires
Characteristics which offer more jobsite opportunities for the operator
Improved FlotationThe 444E can operate in work areas that push the limits of standard unequal size tire machines. The high flotation and lower ground pressure offered by the tires allows the machine to work in very poor underfoot conditions, such as Greenfield construction sites and agricultural applications such as farm maintenance. This machine can get to areas which are off limits to a lot of other type of machine increasing productivity and machine utilisation.
Increased Loader PerformanceThe 444E has excellent lift height, which coupled with the large bucket and powerful breakout forces, enable the 444E to perform high productivity loading duties, such as hopper charging, bulk material transfer, grading and loading.
Tire OptionsThe 444E is supplied on 28” tires, in bias or radial ply variants. This allows the correct choice of tire to suit any application or budget.
Standard All Wheel Steer (AWS)The 444E is equipped with AWS sytem, enabling 2WS, Circle Steer or Crab Steer to be selected providing an excellent turning circle and good manoeuvrability for working in confined working areas.
The E-series cab. Comfort, visibility, Style - Designed In!The 444E Cab is designed with today’s Operator in mind. The E-Series cab is designed to provide maximum comfort, ease of operation and with modern styling meets the requirements of today’s demanding operator. The design incorporates curved glass for improved interior space and visibility. A wide cab provides a spacious environment for better performance when turning the seat from one mode of operation to the other. Cab comfort is enhanced with the first-class Cat air suspension seat, reducing fatigue.An easy to open single rear piece window provides the operator with excellent ventilation and superb visibility. The rear wiper easily cleans a large area of the rear screen to ensure excellent visibility of the working area when working in wet or dusty conditions.Excellent ergonomics ensure that all controls are within easy reach of the operator, and tinted glass is standard in all cabs.Other features such as remote stabilizer controls, large adjustable vents throughout the cab, and clear gauges provide the operator with a comfortable operating environment designed to reduce operator fatigue and increase productivity.
The working envirnoment has been designed with the operator in mind
VibrationCaterpillar understands that backhoe loaders work in some of the harshest environments. By controlling normal machine vibrations caused by these harsh conditions, operator efficiency and productivity are improved. The 444E has features, both standard and optional, that reduce vibration.
HVAC SystemThe 444E benefits from an optional, powerful air conditioning system, which with good ventilation to the operator, ensures the operator stays cool in the highest of working temperatures. The ventilation system also provides plenty of demisting, defrosting and heating capability.
Work LightsThe 444E has adjustable front and rear work lights. This allows the operator to direct the light wherever needed, providing maximum illumination to the work area whatever the ambient light conditions.
Cab Air FilterThe 444E has an easy access cab air filter, situated within the right hand rear fender. The cab air intake is positioned high up to minimize dust intake into the air filter.
CabThe 444E is available in 2 cab options, providing the best choices to suit individual operator needs.
Cab MountsThe cab is attached to the mainframe with resilient mounts, reducing vibration and sound providing the operator with an all round comfortable working environment.
Cat Suspension SeatThe major interface between the machine and the operator is optimal, and the Cat air suspension seat provides the operator with a comfortable working platform to ensure high levels of productivity with the minimum of fatigue.
The 444E Loader now has even greater performance.
Powerful Loader PerformanceThe 444E Parallel Lift Loader offers self levelling as standard, ensuring faster loading cycles. Designed with performance in mind the 444E has high breakout forces enabling the operator to easily fill the bucket in toughest of ground conditions whilst also providing safe lifting of any palletized load. Available with either a 1.3 m³ General Purpose or Multi Purpose bucket, the 444E can be matched to your needs precisely. Work tool visibility is excellent with the narrow sloping hood and divergent loader arms allowing a clear line of sight to the bucket edges. A large torque tube provides torsional stiffness, needed when grading or picking up irregular shaped heavy objects with the loader bucket.
Joystick ControlThe loader joystick is ergonomically placed for operator comfort, and controls the multi-purpose bucket and auxiliary hydraulics when these options are fitted.
Ride ControlCaterpillar’s proven Ride Control system is an option designed to reduce machine pitching and bouncing giving operators a smooth ride in all applications, including load and carry, roading, or simply moving around the jobsite. An accumulator acts as a shock absorber to reduce machine pitching and provide a smoother ride over rough terrain. The system is engaged by a switch on the front console.
Return to DigYour 444E is equipped with a standard Return to Dig system. This system reduces loading cycle times by bringing the loader bucket back to the dig position automatically when lowering the arms. By the time the loader arms have been lowered to ground level, the bucket is in the correct position ready for the next load.
Hydraulic Quick Coupler OptionThe 444E is available with an optional loader quick coupler, allowing greater loader versatility with a wide range of Caterpillar work tools.
The E-Series Backhoe improves performance and seviceability.
Excavator-style BackhoeThe Cat excavator style boom has more than just good looks. Whether close-up truck loading on a single road carriageway, or digging over obstacles such as walls, the excavator boom outperforms the rest. Combine the versatility with the powerful breakout forces, the controllability of the load sensing, flowsharing hydraulic system and the 444E is capable of producing high levels of productivity with the minimum of operator effort. The boom is a narrow design, ensuring maximum visibility to the work tool.
PerformanceDesigned with performance in mind the 444E excavator has high stick and bucket breakout forces enabling the operator to easily dig in toughest of ground conditions.
Extendable StickThe 444E is available with an extendable stick that increases dig depth and reach capability increasing the machines versatility and utilisation. A sliding inner section design keeps the wear pads out of the dirt, extending adjustment and replacement intervals. When wear pad adjustment is necessary the adjustment bolts are easy to access taking minutes to adjust, without the need to disassemble the E-Stick. Auxliary lines, for operating worktools, have been routed so that they are protected from damage when working in the narrowest of trenches.
Slider Frame and Swing FrameThe 444E is designed to make necessary maintenance easy to perform. The E-Series cast slider frame has exterior lock clamps, with no backhoe disassembly needed when servicing. The Swing Frame/Boom Foot pins have replaceable bushings in the bores.
Cat Cushion SwingThe 444E is equipped with Cat Cushion Swing, which enables very fast trenching by damping the boom oscillation down when returning to trench with the hoe.
Increased DepthThe 444E has a dig depth of 6.3 m, further increasing the productivity and versatility of this machine.
Increased PerformanceThe geometry of the boom and stick have been designed to provide high breakout forces which equates to excellent digging performance making the 444E one of the best excavating backhoe available.
Load sensing, flow-sharing system matches power and flow supply to demand – where you need it, when you need it.
Hydraulic PerformanceIt’s rare that you’ll be working at full production 100% of the time, so why should the machine be working flat out, using more fuel, making more noise, and increasing wear? The 444E has a load-sensing, closed center hydraulic system, which closely matches power and flow to the demand needed by the job in hand. So whether you’re in full trenching mode, or delicately digging around services, you are in control.In applications such as loading and carrying, speed is important, and system will match the flow needed to get the job done quickly and efficiently. As there is minimal demand on the system unless needed, there are less parasitic losses and more power available for rimpull – providing better loading and roading performance increasing productivity.
Flow Sharing ValvesThe 444E also features flow-sharing hydraulic valves, ensuring the correct flow of oil reaches the implement cylinders, providing greater control and eliminating oil starvation when operating multiple functions, such as grading with the backhoe.
HardwareThe 444E is equipped with a highly efficient variable displacement piston pump. The reliable high performance hydraulic hose is constructed from two strong steel braided layers and O-ring face seal fitings provide a robust system ensuring excellent durabiliy and resistance to damage from pressure spikes and hydraulic pulsing.
Enhance the versatility of your 444E, with a wide choice of tools on offer to suit your needs.
Cat offers a huge variety of hoe buckets to meet your requirements, including:
- Standard Duty Bucket. Used in easy to penetrate, low impact, moderately abrasive materials.
- Heavy Duty Bucket. Used for digging fragmented rock, frozen ground and highly abrasive materials.
- Extreme Service Bucket. Used in highly abrasive, high impact soil.
- High Capacity Bucket. Same durable construction as the HD bucket, but longer tip radius provides increased fill capacity.
Cat backhoe buckets offer superior durability with the following features:
- Thick cutting edges.
- DRS (Diagonal Retention System) ensures easier replacement of pin on teeth and greater strength.
- Thick wear material on the side plates for better reinforcement and less wear.
- ID plates on all buckets showing part number, GET sizes and machine compatibility.
SizesWork tools are available in a full range of sizes, from a 9”/228 mm Cribbing bucket for cable trenching, a range of Ditch Cleaning buckets, right up to large capacity 36”/914 mm buckets for mass excavation.
Quick coupler - Loader and HoeA hydraulic quick coupler is available for the Loader, and a mechanical quick coupler option is available for the Hoe. For operators who require fast tool changes, both quick coupler options can save a lot of time, money and effort.
Hydro-mechanical Work Tools
Caterpillar has designed a range of hydro-mechanical tools carefully matched to the machine for optimum performance, including:Hoe
- H65 Hydraulic Hammer
- Vibratory Plate Compactor
- Cold PlanerLoader
- Angle Broom
- Pickup Sweeper
Please see your Cat dealer for the full range of tools available for particular machine combination.
444E has a 40 kph transmission as standard - less time on the road, more time on the job site.
Auto-Shift TransmissionWork faster with the Auto-Shift transmission. The Auto-Shift transmission provides automatic shifting between five forward and three reverse gears. There is no floor mounted shift lever, so the operator has more floor space and better access through the right hand door.
Large Torque ConverterThe 444E has a larger torque converter, which equates to more rimpull, improving loading and roading performance considerably.
Air FilterA dry type axial air cleaner with an integral pre-cleaner and automatic integrated dust ejection system extends the life of the air filter life when working in dusty conditions reducing service time and costs.
Diff-LockA manually operated differential lock in the rear axle is fitted as standard providing maximum traction on adverse ground conditions.
Cat EngineThe 444E is available with either the 3054C turbocharged engine that meets Stage II emission regulation EU Directive 97/68/EC or the C4.4 turbocharged After cooled engine that meets Stage IIIA EU emission Directive 2004/26/EC. All engines are reliable 4 cylinder, 4 stroke direct injection diesel engines equipped with standard glow plug for optimum cold weather performance. This provides reliable starting performance down to -18 C. All engines feature a reliable gear driven water pump and a durable poly vee front end auxiliary drive belt that is automatically tensioned for longer life reducing operating costs.
Axles and BrakesThe heavy duty Cat rear axle is an enclosed design with a wet multi-plate Kevlar braking system. This system is oil immersed and self adjusting, and allows operation in the harshest environments. The system has dual brake pedals for split braking for good maneuverability in confined working areas.
Lower operating costs mean a better return on your asset.
Reduced MaintenanceThe 444E is equipped with a flip open hood, allowing access to all check/fill points, air cleaner, washer bottles, visual indicators etc. The E-Series carries on the tradition with sealed for life axle oscillation, driveshaft universal joints, trunnions etc. Daily maintenance, which can be a chore for the busy operator, is kept to a minimum on the 444E.
Boom and Stick DesignThe Boom and Stick design allows all wear adjustment to be done with Stick in-situ, using a simple adjustment mechanism – no dismantling to shim the wear pads. The Stabiliser legs are also externally adjustable, reducing machine down time and inconvenience.
Cat FiltersAll Cat filters are vertically mounted for spill free servicing and reduced oil contamination. They are also low micron filters, filtering even the tiny particles from the oil and keeping the engine, transmission and hydraulic system running smoothly for years.
Scheduled Oil SamplingYour Cat dealer will be able to provide the Caterpillar S•O•SSM. This enables your dealer to analyze wear before problems arise, so that premature failure can be avoided, and corrective action can take place to reduce costs and downtime.
Lower operating costs with excellent services and options.
Customer Support Agreements (CSA’s)Your Cat dealer can offer a comprehensive range of CSA’s which can be individually tailored to suit your finances and requirements. Dealers can offer a range of options from a full Preventative Maintenance with S•O•S package to a Parts Only CSA. Protect your valuable investment and know exactly what your monthly payments will be to help you run your business.
FinanceHave you explored the range of options available from your dealer to finance your machine? They can offer a selection of attractive packages tailored exactly to your requirements.
Machine SelectionYour dealer can help guide you with your machine purchase decision, based on your requirements and help keep operating costs to a minimum. Is the machine you have in mind exactly the best for your job, or could other attachments be more suitable?
Operating TechniquesYour dealer can advise operating techniques for your machine which will minimize wear and tear, maximize productivity, and lower owning and operating costs.
Remanufactured components (Reman)Sometimes, the most cost effective way to repair the machine is with remanufactured components. Reman components are rebuilt to original specification at a Cat Reman facility, using genuine parts and skilled technicians. Reman parts are guaranteed for 1 year.