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Whether you're digging, trenching, back-filling or handling material, a Cat® Backhoe Loader will meet your needs. Caterpillar sets the industry standard with powerful, comfortable, versatile machines designed to do more work faster.

428E Backhoe Loader

Cat 428E – A highly productive Backhoe Loader developed with over 20 years experience in the Backhoe Loader industry, the 428E is designed to exceed customer expectations. More performance, versatility and comfort than ever before gives the 428E the edge needed in a harsh and competitive environment.Along with you, it’s up to the challenge. See your Cat dealer and try out The Next Generation of Backhoe Loaders from Caterpillar.

  • Specification Summary

  • Power - Net65 kW
  • Operating Weight - Nominal7570 kg
  • Operating Weight - Maximum10200 kg
  • Dig Depth - Standard4298 mm
  • Engine Model3054C DIT

Product Details


Power - Net 65 kW
Engine Model 3054C DIT
Engine Displacement 4.4 L
Optional Power - Net 71 kW
Gross Power 68.5 kW
Bore 105 mm
Stroke 127 mm


Operating Weight - Nominal 7570 kg
Operating Weight - Maximum 10200 kg

Operating Specifications - Backhoe

Dig Depth - Standard 4298 mm
Dig Depth - E-Stick 5294 mm
Bucket Dig Force - Standard 63 kN
Bucket Dig Force - E-Stick 63 kN
Stick Dig Force - Standard 35 kN
Stick Dig Force - E-Stick 36 kN
Reach from Swing Pivot 5652 mm
Loading Height 3819 mm
Loading Reach 1743 mm

Hydraulic System

Hydraulic Pump Capacity 125 L/min
Hydraulic System Pressure 227 kPa
Type Load-sensing, closed-center system
Pump Type Variable-flow, axial-piston

Operating Specifications - Loader

Lift Capacity @ Full Height 3322 kg
Dump Height @ 45 degrees 2634 mm
Dig Depth 91 mm


Type Front wheel
Power Steering Hydrostatic
Cylinder Bore 65 mm
Cylinder Stroke 120 mm
Cylinder Rod Diameter 36 mm


Forward - 1st 6 km/h
Forward - 2nd 10 km/h
Forward - 3rd 20 km/h
Forward - 4th 40 km/h
Reverse - 1st 6 km/h
Reverse - 2nd 10 km/h
Reverse - 3rd 20 km/h
Reverse - 4th 40 km/h

Service Refills

Hydraulic System 79 L
Cooling System 24 L
Fuel Tank 160 L
Engine with Oil Filter 7.6 L
Transmission 18.5 L
Rear Axle (includes planetary) 16.5 L
Hydraulic Tank 40 L


Overall Transport Length 5881 mm
Overall Length (loader on ground) 5855 mm
Overall Transport Height 3736 mm
Overall Width 2368 mm
Height to Top of Cab 2863 mm
Height to Top of Exhaust Stack 2779 mm
Height to Loader Hinge Pin 403 mm
Ground Clearance 358 mm
Rear Axle Centerline to Front Grill 2704 mm
Front Wheel Tread Gauge 1915 mm
Rear Wheel Tread Gauge 1713 mm
Wheel Base 2200 mm


Customer driven improvements are designed into the 428E.

Lower Operating Costs

The 428E 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.

Improved Weight Distribution

The 428E 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.

Excavator Controls

The 428E is offered with a choice of excavator control: Backhoe (SAE), Excavator (ISO) or Universal controls (X Pattern). This ensures the 428E will suit any type of operator.

Large Fuel Tank

Responding to customer needs, a large 160 liter fuel tank, along with the efficient Cat engine and efficient hydraulic system, ensures longer periods between fill ups and less inconvenience.

Electro-Deposition Coating

Your 428E 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 428E will stay looking good for longer, ensuring optimum resale value.

Work Station

The E-series cab. Comfort, Visibility, Style – Designed In!

The 428E 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.

Operator Comfort

The working environment has been designed with the operator in mind.


Caterpillar 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 428E has features, both standard and optional, that reduce vibration.

Operator Controls

Optimal cab ergonomics are vital to assist the operator in their quest for best productivity. Pressure compensated, well placed levers ensure low efforts and good controllability for maximum productivity.

HVAC System

The 428E 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 Lights

The 428E 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 Filter

The 428E 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.

Cab Mounts

The cab is attached to the mainframe with resilient mounts, reducing vibration and sound providing the operator with an all around comfortable working environment.

Cat Suspension Seat

The 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 428E Parallel Lift Loader now has even greater performance.

Loader Performance

The 428E Parallel Lift Loader offers self levelling as standard, ensuring faster loading cycles. Designed with performance in mind the 428E has high breakout forces enabling the operator to easily fill the bucket in toughest of ground conditions while also providing safe lifting of any palletized load. Available with either a General Purpose or Multi Purpose bucket, the 428E 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.

Ride Control

Caterpillar’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 job site. 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 Dig

Your 428E 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.

Backhoe Performance

The E-Series Backhoe improves performance and serviceability.

Excavator-style Backhoe

The 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, flow-sharing hydraulic system and the 428E 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.

Extendable Stick

The 428E is available with an extendable stick that increases dig depth and reach capability increasing the machines versatility and utilization. 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. Auxiliary lines, for operating work tools, have been routed so that they are protected from damage when working in the narrowest of trenches.

Slider Frame and Swing Frame

The 428E 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 Swing

The 428E is equipped with Cat Cushion Swing, which enables very fast trenching by damping the boom oscillation down when returning to trench with the backhoe.


Efficient flow-sharing hydraulics give the 428E even greater control.

Hydraulic Performance

It’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 428E 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 total control.In applications such as loading and carrying, speed is important, and the 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 power losses enabling more power to be available for rimpull – providing better loading and roading performance increasing productivity.

Flow Sharing Valves

The 428E 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.


The 428E is equipped with a highly efficient variable displacement piston pump. Reliable high performance hydraulic hose is constructed from two strong steel braided layers and O-ring face seal fittings provides a robust system ensuring excellent durability and resistance to damage from pressure spikes and hydraulic pulsing.

Work Tools

Enhance the versatility of your 428E, with a wide choice of tools on offer to suit your needs.


Cat offers a huge variety of backhoe 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.


Work tools are available in a full range of sizes, from a 228 mm Cribbing bucket for cable trenching, a range of Ditch Cleaning buckets, right up to large capacity 914 mm buckets for mass excavation.

Quick coupler

A Cat quick coupler is available for easy backhoe bucket changes.

Hydro-Mechanical Work Tools

Caterpillar has designed a range of hydro-mechanical tools carefully matched to the machine for optimum performance, including:
  • H65 Hydraulic Hammer
  • Auger
  • Vibratory Plate Compactor
  • Cold Planer
Please see your Cat dealer for the full range of tools available for particular machine combination.

Power Train

428E has a 40 km/h transmission as standard – less time on the road, more time on the job site.

Cat 3054C Engine

The 428E 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. A choice of power rating enables the performance of the machine to be matched to customer needs. 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.

40 km/h Power-Shuttle Transmission

The 428E comes equipped with 40 km/h power-shuttle trans­mission, improving roading speed and providing better spacing between gear ratios. It utilizes a constant mesh, synchronized, four speed system. The forward/reverse lever on the steering column is placed for easy direction changes on the move, and the gear selection is from the floor mounted shift lever.

Axles and Brakes

The 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.


A manually operated differential lock in the rear axle is fitted as standard providing maximum traction in adverse ground conditions.

High Ambient Cooling

The 428E is equipped with a High Ambient (HA) engine cooling package, allowing the machine to be operated in temperatures up to 50° C.

Air Filter

A 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.

Optional Power Shift Transmission

The optional power shift transmission enables the correct gear to be selected more easily than a conventional power-shuttle transmission reducing fatigue and increasing productivity. Hydraulic clutch pack modulation provides smooth take up providing the operator with a more comfortable drive over all types of terrain. The power shift transmission provides manual selection of four forward and three reverse gears. 5th gear is automatically selected to achieve the maximum road speed of 40 km/h. There is no floor mounted shift lever, so the operator has more floor space and improved access through the right hand door.


Lower operating costs mean a better return on your asset.

Reduced Maintenance

The 428E 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 428E.

Boom and Stick Design

The 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 Stabilizer legs are also externally adjustable, reducing machine downtime and inconvenience.

Cat Filters

All 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 Sampling

Your Cat dealer will be able to provide the Cat 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.

Customer Support

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.


Have 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 Selection

Your 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?
  • Air cleaner, dry type, axial seal with precleaner and filter condition indicator
    • All Wheel Drive
      • Alternator, 120-amp, 12 volt
        • Antifreeze (to –37° C)
          • Audible system fault alarm
            • Backhoe, 4298 mm dig depth, side-shift, excavator-style backhoe 2 lever control
              • Battery, maintenance free, 750 CCA
                • Boom, transport lock
                  • Brace, lift cylinder
                    • Brakes, Kevlar disc, oil disc
                      • Cable stabilizer controls
                        • Cat 3054C* (68.5 kW) engine or Cat C4.4** (70 kW) engine
                          •  * Standard for less regulated countries, meets Stage II EU Emission Directive 97/68/EC.** Standard for regulated countries, meets Stage IIIA EU Emission Directive 2004/26/EC.
                        • * Standard for less regulated countries, meets Stage II EU Emission Directive 97/68/EC.** Standard for regulated countries, meets Stage IIIA EU Emission Directive 2004/26/EC.
                          • Coat hook
                            • Electro-hydraulic slide frame lock
                              • Engine enclosure
                                • Fan, cooling and fan guard
                                  • Fast reversing shuttle, all gears
                                    • Flashing hazard/signal lights
                                      • Floor mat, rubber
                                        • Front axle, pendulum mount
                                          • Front grill with bumpers
                                            • Front headlights
                                              • Gauges: Coolant temperature, fuel level, tachometer, hour meter
                                                • Ground line fuel fill with 160 liters capacity
                                                  • Grouser style stabilizer shoes
                                                    • High ambient cooler package
                                                      • Hydraulic oil cooler
                                                        • Indicators: Air cleaner service, brake on, engine coolant, hydraulic oil level sight gauge
                                                          • Intermittent front and rear wash/wipe
                                                            • Instrument panel lights
                                                              • Key start/stop system with auxiliary position
                                                                • Lifting eye, backhoe (non EU countries only)
                                                                  • Lights, working (4 front, 4 rear)
                                                                    • Load sensing, variable flow system with axial piston pump
                                                                      • Mirrors, external (2)
                                                                        • Power receptacle, 12 V (2)
                                                                          • Power steering, hydrostatic
                                                                            • ROPS cab with heater, defroster, pressurizer and cab recirculating fan
                                                                              • Seat belt, retractable (50 mm)
                                                                                • Seat, air suspension with fabric or vinyl seat cover
                                                                                  • Self canceling directional indicator
                                                                                    • Spin-on fuel, engine, hydraulic and transmission oil filters
                                                                                      • Starting system, thermal aid
                                                                                        • Stop and tail lights (2)
                                                                                          • Swing transport lock
                                                                                            • Tires (2 front, 2 rear)
                                                                                              • Torque convertor
                                                                                                • Throttles, hand and foot
                                                                                                  • Transmission, four-speed synchromesh
                                                                                                    • Transmission neutralizer switch
                                                                                                      • Warning horn, front electric
                                                                                                        • Water separator
                                                                                                          • Air conditioning
                                                                                                            • Alarm, back up
                                                                                                              • Attachments, front loader
                                                                                                                •  General purpose bucket 1.0 m³
                                                                                                                •  Multi purpose bucket 1.03 m³ or 1.03 m³ with forks
                                                                                                              • General purpose bucket 1.0 m³
                                                                                                                • Multi purpose bucket 1.03 m³ or 1.03 m³ with forks
                                                                                                                  • Attachments, backhoe work tools
                                                                                                                    •  Quick Coupler (mechanical)
                                                                                                                  • Battery, additional
                                                                                                                    • Cat 3054C DIT* (74.5 kW) engine
                                                                                                                      •  * Standard for less regulated countries, meets Stage II EU Emission Directive 97/68/EC.
                                                                                                                    • Cat C4.4** (74.5 kW) engine
                                                                                                                      •  ** Standard for regulated countries, meets Stage IIIA EU Emission Directive 2004/26/EC.
                                                                                                                    • ** Standard for regulated countries, meets Stage IIIA EU Emission Directive 2004/26/EC.
                                                                                                                      • Counterweights
                                                                                                                        •  Bumper
                                                                                                                        •  Base
                                                                                                                        •  Stackables
                                                                                                                      • Bumper
                                                                                                                        • Base
                                                                                                                          • Stackables
                                                                                                                            • Cutting edge, bolt on
                                                                                                                              •  Single piece
                                                                                                                              •  Two piece
                                                                                                                            • Single piece
                                                                                                                              • Two piece
                                                                                                                                • Fenders, front, All Wheel Drive
                                                                                                                                  • Guards
                                                                                                                                    •  AWD driveshaft
                                                                                                                                    •  Teeth (GP/MP)
                                                                                                                                    •  Rear lights, roading
                                                                                                                                  • Hydraulic valves, loader
                                                                                                                                    •  3rd valve for GP/MP
                                                                                                                                  • Hydraulic valves (auxiliary)
                                                                                                                                    •  Standard stick
                                                                                                                                    •  Extendable stick
                                                                                                                                  • Hydraulic lines
                                                                                                                                    •  Hammer lines to stick
                                                                                                                                    •  Quick disconnects
                                                                                                                                  • Lights
                                                                                                                                    •  Number plate, rear
                                                                                                                                    •  Roading
                                                                                                                                  • Number plate, rear
                                                                                                                                    • Roading
                                                                                                                                      • Mirror, exterior rearview, large
                                                                                                                                        • Object handling installation, including lifting eye, boom and stick locks, audible and visual warning system
                                                                                                                                          • Operators station
                                                                                                                                            •  Canopy
                                                                                                                                          • Power shift transmission
                                                                                                                                            • Powered side shift
                                                                                                                                              • Ride control
                                                                                                                                                • Rotating beacon
                                                                                                                                                  • Stabilizer street pads
                                                                                                                                                    • Stick, extendable
                                                                                                                                                      • Tilt steering wheel
                                                                                                                                                        • Tool box, external
                                                                                                                                                          • Transport locks
                                                                                                                                                            • Vandalism protection
                                                                                                                                                              • Visor cab

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