powerful, but also feature up to 10% less fuel consump-
tion for the 950 and 962L compared with H Series
The power-dense ACERT engines burn less fuel by
providing power and torque when needed. Cat’s inno-
vative powertrain, hydraulic, cooling and electronic sys-
tems intelligently lower average working engine speeds
and reduce overall system heat loads resulting in signif-
icantly improved performance and fuel efficiency.
Furthermore, the productive Economy Mode provides
maximum fuel savings with minimal productivity
The efficient load-sensing hydraulic system features
proportional flow for fast, smooth hydraulic response
with optimum controllability. The system is designed to
deliver more engine power to the wheels at partial hy-
draulic flow, allowing faster cycle times in load-and-carry
and ramp operations, as well as higher rimpull when
An on-demand fan further enhances fuel efficiency
and lowers sound levels. In addition, the engine-idle-man-
agement and the engine-idle-shutdown systems that
reduce or stop the engine after a pre-set idling
Operator comfort and safety
The new operator environment features four post Roll
Over Protection System (ROPS) cab providing superior
comfort, visibility, and efficiency. Seat-mounted, elec-
tro-hydraulic implement controls and programmable
(in-cab) kick-outs provide optimum work-tool control,
complemented by automatic cylinder snubbing that
protects the machine structures and enhances
New, streamlined control panel includes easy to reach
highly utilized machine controls to increase operator
efficiency. Powerful heating and air-conditioning systems
keep operators comfortable in any climate. Viscous
mounts to reduce vibration and cabin sound levels.
For added safety, stair-like steps along with a large
entry door to the cab reduce the angle of entry, and grab
bars provide safe access to machine platforms. Floor-to-
ceiling glass in the windshield, large mirrors with spot
mirrors, and a standard rear-vision camera combine to
provide all-around visibility.
The front and rear frames of the new models are fab-
ricated of high-strength materials for long-term durabil-
ity, robotically welded to ensure reliable performance,
and designed to dissipate forces associated with aggres-
sive loading and digging. The articulating hitch system,
joining front and rear frames, provides exceptional bear-
New Cat Tilt
A new line of Cat tilt buckets is available for Cat crawl-
er-excavator models 311-325 and for wheel excavator
models M314–M322. The new buckets, available in
both pin-on and coupler configurations, hydraulically
tilt 45 degrees from vertical, right and left, to provide
added capability when working on angled surfaces
or performing precise grading.
The buckets install easily and are designed for
such applications as ditch cleaning, landscaping,
and various construction tasks. In addition, the
buckets can be used for conventional excavating in
low-impact soils, including top soil and clay.
The tilt buckets are equipped with two horizon-
tal cylinders—sized to provide forces matched to
the machine—that allow the operator to position
the bucket and maintain grade without moving
the machine. The horizontal-cylinder design allows
a low-profile for the bucket, while protecting the
cylinders from material flow.
The new buckets are drilled and tapped to accept
the bolt-on sensor and clips required to make them
“plug-and-play” compatible with Cat Grade Control 3D.
Grade control provides visual and audio positioning
guidance for the operator via the machine’s in-cab mon-
itor, enhancing the speed, accuracy, and material-move-
ment efficiency of excavating and grading tasks.
Tilt buckets feature a re-
versible, wear-resistant, bolt-on cutting edge that pro-
tects the base edge and provides extended service life.
In addition, bucket surfaces subject to heavy wear, such
as corners, are protected with replaceable, weld-in in-
serts of premium-grade steel (400 BHN).
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