The John Deere 544K wheel loader is equipped with a 163-hp, PowerTech Tier 4 Final diesel engine that delivers impressive torque reserves. The popular model rides on a wide stance that provides additional stability for handling heavy loads and working on rough terrain. The 544K’s new standard five-speed transmission with lockup torque converter in gears two to five offers increased acceleration and speed cycles and optimizes power and fuel efficiency during transport, roading and ramp climbing. Same-side ground level service access makes the daily routine quick and easy. Enhanced onboard diagnostics and extended service intervals further maximize uptime. Operators looking to get the most out of their 544K can rely on Ultimate Uptime featuring John Deere WorkSight. With Ultimate Uptime, operators receive pre-delivery and follow-up inspections; three years of JDLink telematics, machine heath prognostics and remote diagnostics and programming capability; and the ability to add dealer-provided uptime solutions to customize the package to individual needs. For more information, visit www.deere.com.
Caterpillar recently updated its M Series medium wheel loader product line for 2016. The product updates include all new Cat Connect Technologies, additional safety features and reduced operating costs. The new Product Link Elite system is now offered as standard equipment providing faster cellular and satellite connection capabilities. In addition, the standard machine is shipped from the factory ready to accept the Cat Production Measurement system. Version 1.2 of the system now indicates when the linkage is in the weighing range, allowing operators to confirm that an accurate scaled weight is being determined. The Cat Object Detection System is integrated into the standard display. This radar system increases the operator’s awareness of obstacles up to 52 ft behind the machine. The system uses market-leading capability, speed-based zones and provides five proximity-warning levels which increase in intensity and frequency as the “stop zone” warning area approaches. For more information, visit www.cat.com.
Komatsu America’s WA270-8 wheel loader features a powerful 149-hp Tier 4 Final engine. The WA270-8’s parallel-lift linkage, with auto tilt-in to simulate a Z-bar, can be used in virtually any application from pallet handling to hard digging. Compact enough to squeeze between farm buildings, yet powerful enough to tackle jobs planned for bigger machines, this all-around performer moves from farm work to snow removal with ease. Komatsu’s proven fourth-generation hydrostatic drivetrain with variable traction control and S-Mode provides excellent traction control to reduce wheel slip, ideal for slippery conditions. The WA270-8 also features Komatsu’s pioneering telematics system KOMTRAX for key machine metrics, including KDPF status and DEF-level data, fuel consumption and performance information that is collected and sorted by operator ID. Like all Komatsu Tier 4 Final construction-sized machines, whether rented, leased or purchased, the WA270-8 is covered by the Komatsu CARE program. For more information, visit www.komatsuamerica.com.
The Case 721F wheel loader delivers best-in-class horsepower, faster throttle response, greater fuel efficiency and simplified maintenance with a reliable SCR-equipped 6.7-liter Tier 4 Final engine. The machine comes standard with limited-slip axles for optimal traction and four programmable power modes. Available options include heavy-duty axles with hydraulically-locking front differential, five-speed transmission with lock-up torque converter and XT (tool carrier) or XR (extended reach) linkage. The 721F features the Case-exclusive mid-mounted cooling cube system. Unlike stacked coolers, this system is configured with the coolers facing outward toward ambient air, which improves efficiency. An optional reversing fan combats debris buildup and reduces the need for cleaning. This design also moves the engine lower and toward the rear of the machine, improving rear visibility and ground-line serviceability. The wheel loader comes standard with Case ProCare — which includes a three-year Advanced Case SiteWatch telematics subscription, three-year/3,000-hour full machine factory warranty and three-year/3,000-hour planned maintenance contract. For more information, visit www.casece.com.
Improvements in fuel efficiency, operator comfort, serviceability and reliability are features that utility contractors can benefit from when operating new Doosan DL250-5 wheel loaders. Doosan DL250-5 wheel loaders are user friendly and are easier to service and maintain than prior iterations. DL250-5 wheel loader enhancements include: adjustable steering column, auto shutdown, fuel consumption gauge, enhanced operator visibility and optional high-lift configuration. For more information, visit www.doosanequipment.com.
Volvo’s L45H and L50H compact wheel loaders are built with fuel-efficient features and improved hydraulic flow and are designed with the operator in mind. Equipped with Volvo’s unique Torque Parallel (TP) linkage, the machines deliver high breakout torque and excellent parallel movement throughout the entire lifting range. The L50H hydraulic pump capacity has been improved by 20 percent, leading to 26 percent faster hydraulic flow cycle times. The Volvo D4J Tier 4 Final engine improves fuel efficiency by 15 percent compared to previous models. The optional Boom Suspension System boosts productivity up to 20 percent by absorbing shock and reducing bouncing and bucket spillage. Its hydrostatic transmission matches power to the operator’s requirements for control in delicate work and full power in more demanding jobs. The Comfort Drive Control function improves operator visibility and comfort, reduces fatigue and ensures better productivity over long working hours. For more information, visit www.volvoce.com/na.
The Tier 4 Final-compliant HL900 wheel loader line from Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas includes the HL955 model, with a 33,995-lb operating weight, 3.7-cu yd bucket capacity and 197-hp Cummins QSB6.7 engine. It also is available as the HL955XT extended reach model, providing greater reach and higher dump height for more efficient loading of trucks and hoppers. The HL900 Series wheel loaders achieve up to 5 percent greater productivity and 10 percent lower fuel consumption than the previous 9A Series loaders. Hyundai HL900 wheel loaders feature a standard onboard weighing system with automatic and manual settings to monitor individual and cumulative bucket load weights. Measurements are displayed on the multi-function LED screen in the operator’s cab, providing accurate load-weight monitoring for efficient production management. Hyundai’s improved bucket design features an innovative wider opening, curved side plates and enhanced spill guard to maximize bucket capacity and reduce material loss when traveling. For more information, visit www.hceamericas.com.
Kubota’s new R30-Series includes the R530 and R630 and brings more features and more power in a bold new design to the company’s wheel loader offering, helping power the company’s growth in the construction equipment market. The R530 is the most compact of the new R30-Series. Featuring a 51-hp engine, the R530 is larger in size than the prior model with a larger bucket and a maximum bucket breakout force of 7,761 lbs. The R630 is Kubota’s first entry into the 60-80 hp range, raising the standard for Kubota wheel loader performance and opening up new markets and extended applications. With a 64.4-hp engine, the R630 delivers a maximum bucket breakout force of 10,415 lbs. Both models are available with a ROPS/FOPS certified canopy or new air conditioned cab. For more information, visit www.kubota.com.