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Medium size wheel loaders offer exceptional performance


Part of Caterpillar’s nine- to 11-tonne wheel loader class, the 980 and 982 medium wheel loaders can be up to 10 per cent more productive and lower maintenance costs by up to 20 per cent, compared to the previous 980M and 982M models.

These new loaders include an expanded technology platform to increase machine performance and improve efficiency. 

The loader combines modern technology with real time actionable information. The standard Cat Payload with Assist provides accurate weighing of bucket payloads and includes low-lift-weigh and manual tip-off functions. The optional Cat Advanced Payload expands the system’s functionality with lists management, multitask- and manual-add modes and tip-off assist. Compatible with third-party scale house software, it can wirelessly integrate the machine in the scale-house process with Dispatch-for-Loading (subscription required).

The new Cat Autodig with Auto Set Tyres promotes a loading technique to reduce tyre slip and load time. It can automate the complete bucket loading cycle to deliver high bucket fill factors for up to 10 per cent more productivity.

Standard along with Autodig and Auto Set Tyres, the new models introduce application profiles, in which the press of one button sets multiple machine parameters to optimise settings for the application at hand. Customised profiles can be created to fit customer-specific cases. Selectable on-screen job aids, along with a streamlined control layout, promotes ease of operation to help all operators be more productive.

Access to the operator’s cab is easy, thanks to a wide door, stair-like steps and grabrails for stability. Seat belts are now monitored, and the system can be completed with an exterior beacon for supervisors to enhance job site safety. Taller operators have increased legroom inside the cab, while sound suppression, seals and viscous cab mounts lower noise and vibration levels for a quiet work environment. The next generation ride control acts as a shock absorber to improve ride comfort over rough terrain.

The loaders’ dashboards and high resolution touchscreens provide intuitive, user-friendly control for enhanced performance. The seat-mounted electro-hydraulic joystick steering system provides precise control over the 980 and 982 series models with minimal arm movements to increase comfort and loading accuracy. An automated air conditioning system keeps the cab as cool as desired.

The loaders feature a push-to-start system requiring a valid Operator ID to crank the engine. Operator ID works with a passcode input on the display or with optional Cat Bluetooth key. It acts as a security system with programmable operating restriction.

The floor to ceiling windshield improves forward visibility of the work area, while the standard rear vision camera and convex and spot mirrors enhance visibility around the machine. The Cat Detect radar can alert operators to hazards and an optional multi-view, 360-degree vision system provides an extra monitoring level to advance safety.

All maintenance intervals are scheduled in 1000-hour increments, eliminating service downtime every 500 hours. All models offer convenient access to hydraulic and electrical service centres and grouped lube points for fast and easy servicing.

Remote services technologies on the Cat medium wheel loaders can save service trips to the job site and ensure the machine operates at peak performance. Remote Troubleshoot connects the machine to the dealer’s service department over the air to quickly diagnose fault codes without on-machine cable connection.

Remote Flash ensures the wheel loaders operate with up to date software while working around the production schedule. Updated files are pushed to the machine in the background and installation can be initiated from the Cat Remote Services Web Portal by the customer in a safe manner, reducing impact on production schedules. Helping to manage fleet loader location, hours and maintenance schedules, the web portal connects fleet managers to the machine and allows dealer service requests to be made from a mobile device.

Cat Performance Series buckets balance bucket shape against the machine’s linkage for higher fill factors and better material retention. Cat Work tools are an integral part of the complete machine design and contribute to performance and efficiency.

The Cat 980 can be equipped with the optional Fusion Quick Coupler, delivering quick bucket changes. Contractors can also choose from purpose-built configurations to optimise loader performance and durability in tough applications.•

For more information about the Cat 980 and 982 series medium wheel loaders, visit cat.com

This article appears in the October issue of Quarry Magazine.

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