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Site Equipment - What's New


With Intermat 2012 less than 6 months away it is becoming more intriguing as to what Caterpillar will unveil as they have recently launched new excavators and now the latest in wheel loaders.

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New Cat 950K and 962K Wheel Loaders

The two new wheel loaders from Caterpillar, the 950K and 962K, feature engines certified as meeting US EPA Tier 4 Interim and EU Stage IIIB emissions standards. This inevitably means delivering high performance, longer life, improved fuel efficiency and lower operating costs. The benefits accrued more than compensate for the higher cost of machines meeting the new emission regulations. This applies to all companies, not just Caterpillar.

Design changes to optimise engine output

Each loader features many improvements including a new operator station, optimized Z-bar linkage, ‘Performance Series’ buckets and a more efficient drive train.

The 950K and 962K share the new Cat C7.1 ACERT engine. At 1900 rpm, the engine provides peak net power of 257 kW (211 horsepower) in the 950K and 165 kW (221 horsepower) in the 962K.

The loaders use buckets ranging in size from 2.5 m³ - 9.2 m³ (3.25 to 12.00 yds³). For added versatility, the machines can be configured as tool carriers with the Cat Fusion coupler and a variety of work tools, making them ideal for construction, aggregates, forestry, industrial and other material-handling applications. The new K Series loaders replace their H Series predecessors.

cwmags: New Cat 950K and 962K Wheel Loaders feature new operatorcabsNew operator environment

With optimised latest engine technology, hydraulics and transmissions, machines can deliver more output at great efficiency. However, this is only possible if the operator is provided with an appropriately configured working environment.

The cabs on the Cat K-Series wheel loaders offer improved visibility to side and front.

The new Cat wheel loaders address this issue and it all begins before the operator even gets in to the cab. New steps with a greater inclination angle makes getting into the cab feel more like walking up a staircase than climbing a ladder. A wider door opening, well-placed grab bars and a new front-hinged door that can be opened and closed while seated allow also contribute to getting in and out.

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