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Caterpillar 420F2 IT Backhoe Loader

Maker:  Diecast Masters
Model No:  85233
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  July 2016

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Packaging   (max 10)9
Detail   (max 30)24
Features   (max 20)15
Quality   (max 25)18
Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)77%


Caterpillar 420F2 IT and 432F2 Backhoe Loaders Video  [Youku video]
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Very good Caterpillar branded tin.
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Good looking model.
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Nice radiator detailing.
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Front bucket tipping angle is very good.
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Pads down and auger ready.
Material arm is telescopic.
Forks fitted.  The pallet is not included.
Comment on this model.

The Caterpillar 420F2 IT Backhoe Loader weighs around 11 tonnes and it can dig to a depth of 4.4m.


The model comes in exemplary packaging.  There is an outer shipping carton which contains a tin which is protected by a nylon bag.  The tin is high quality and includes pictures and details about the real machine.

The review model had no missing parts.  There was a very minor defect on the supplied forks which were assembled upside down.  It was easy to fix.

The only shortfall is instructions for the model and how to fit the various tools supplied.


Underneath, the chassis has some detail within the casting.  The rubber tyres have a good tread pattern and they are mounted on detailed wheels.

The backhoe is large and mirrors the real machine and the bucket has decent teeth.  The connection rivets are painted and are reasonably discrete.  The stabilisers are metal but they cannot quite be posed retracted far enough in transport mode.

The cab is good with a windscreen wiper and beacon light, and thin metal grab rails.  There is an operator in the cab and he stands out because of the bright high visibility clothing.

The engine cover is metal and the radiator grille is good and there is a sharp Cat graphic on top. 

The loader arm looks good with painted connections and sharp model number graphics.   The metal bucket is decent.

A number of additional tools are provided.  The hammer has a metal body with a plastic drill bit, and the material arm is metal.  The auger is plastic.  A set of forks is a mix of metal and plastic.


The steering mechanism works quite well although the range of movement is limited.  The front axle oscillates so it can be posed as if on rough terrain.

At the rear, the stabilisers pull down into position, but cannot lower far enough to raise the rear wheels off the ground. 

The backhoe has a reasonable range of movement overall, with the cylinders being stiff enough to hold a pose. The stick is also extendible.

At the front, the loader mechanism works well but the range of movement is limited at the upper end so the bucket cannot be held as high as the real machine.

There are quick hitch arrangements front and rear and the various supplied tools are easily attached. 

The front bucket opens clamshell style however the tipping angle is very good but the carry angle is very limited.

The material arm is telescopic and can be opened out.


It is mainly a metal model and is of good quality.

The paint is good and the graphics are sharp.


It is good value overall.


As one of the first releases from Diecast Masters this model appears to share some heritage with earlier versions of Caterpillar backhoes.  The quality is good and the packaging sets a new standard.  The inclusion of a figure in the cab may not appeal to all, but it does show Diecast Masters is prepared to be a different model maker.


The model first appeared in May 2016.  A version of the 432F2 was also produced as Diecast Master's model number 85249.

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Various tools are supplied.
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Front bucket height is limited.
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Range of movement at the back is good.
Profile view.
Giving it some hammer.  But the driver is not looking...