Wheel Loader Showcase

In the market for a wheel loader? Check out machines from nine manufacturers.

Caterpillar

The new Cat 950M and 962M wheel loaders — powered by Cat C7.1 ACERT engines meeting Tier 4 Final emissions standards — are significantly more powerful than their K-Series predecessors and deliver 10 percent better fuel efficiency. The new models feature major drivetrain refinement, extensively redesigned hydraulic systems, new cab amenities, electronic payload measurement, optimized Z-Bar linkage that combines optimized bucket performance with parallel lift and a range of Cat Performance Series buckets and work tools. With a net rating of 230 hp, the new 950M produces 9 percent more power than its K-Series counterpart, and the 962M, rated at 250 hp, has 13 percent more power. Peak torque is up an average 18 percent for the new models, which means more useable power at the wheels, says Cat. In addition, the new Economy Mode automatically senses powertrain load and adjusts engine speed and torque for optimum performance and fuel efficiency. For more information, visit www.cat.com

Case

Case Construction Equipment announced that its 621F and 721F wheel loaders now meet Tier 4 Final emissions standards with 6.7-liter engines. Like the Tier 4 Interim models, each model is equipped with a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) solution that treats emissions separately with diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) and does not require the engine to re-circulate exhaust gas. This proves extremely practical, as it improves fuel efficiency (up to 20 percent greater than previous solutions), lowers exhaust temperatures and fuel consumption and provides throttle response and simplified maintenance without sacrificing power. It also requires no diesel particulate filter (DPF) regeneration or maintenance — optimizing uptime for greater productivity. The 621F and 721F wheel loaders produce 162 and 179 net rated hp, respectively. Both machines are also available with XT (tool carrier) or XR (extended reach) linkage and specialty configurations for even greater versatility and productivity. For more information, visit www.casece.com.

Doosan

The Doosan DL250-5 wheel loader provides improvements in fuel efficiency, operator comfort, serviceability, reliability and remote monitoring with Doosan Telematics. The DL250-5 replaces the Tier 4 Interim model and is powered by a Tier 4-compliant Doosan DL06 diesel engine. Increased visibility and cab improvements, including an adjustable steering column for improved operator comfort, ease of operation and floor space, are just a couple benefits of the DL250-5 model. Operators can work efficiently thanks to three selectable work modes — Economy, Standard and Power — and an added high-lift configuration provides additional dump height. Options for the DL250-5 include: hydraulic locking front and conventional rear differential; emergency steer; five-gear with lock-up clutch; hydraulic load isolation system; fingertip three-lever controls; electric joystick steering; rotating beacon; rearview camera; 110-volt plug heater; and rubber fender protectors and full fender with rubber protectors. For more information, visit www.doosanequipment.com.

Hyundai

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas has launched its new HL900 Series line of Tier 4 Final-compliant wheel loaders, now available for sale throughout the United States and Canada. These new wheel loaders are designed for performance, productivity and efficiency, says Hyundai, and deliver as much as 5 percent greater productivity and 10 percent lower fuel consumption than the previous 9A Series loaders. The first models available for sale include the HL940, HL955, HL960, HL970 and HL980. Additional wheel loader models, including the HL935, and special model configurations like the popular Tool Master (TM) and Extended Reach (XT) models, will be available in the fourth quarter of 2015. The cab on the Hyundai HL900 Series wheel loaders is up to 10 percent larger than previous models and has been reconfigured for additional floor space and improved visibility. For added operator comfort, in-cab sound levels were reduced by 3 dB. For more information, visit www.hceamericas.com.

John Deere

The John Deere 544K wheel loader is equipped with a 163-hp, PowerTech EPA Tier 4 Final diesel engine that delivers impressive torque reserves, says the company. The 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, speeds cycles and optimizes power and fuel efficiency during transport, roading and ramp climbing. 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.

Komatsu America

Komatsu America’s WA380-8 wheel loader features a 191-hp Komatsu variable geometry turbocharged and after-cooled Tier 4 Final certified engine, using up to 6 percent less fuel than the previous model. Komatsu’s SmartLoader Logic software combines with a lockup torque converter, which activates in second, third and fourth gears for optimal engine torque and dynamic acceleration and hill climbing, with higher top speed. The Komatsu diesel particulate filter (KDPF), selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system and other after-treatment components work in harmony with the engine for efficiency and long life. The KOMTRAX telematics system provides key machine metrics, including KDPF status, DEF-level data and fuel consumption, plus performance information collected and sorted by operator ID. The WA380-8, whether rented, leased or purchased, is covered by the Komatsu CARE program for the first three years or 2,000 hours, whichever comes first. For more information, visit www.komatsuamerica.com.

Kubota

Kubota’s new R30-Series includes the R530 and R630, bringing more features and power in a new design to Kubota’s wheel loader offering. The most compact of the new R30-Series, the R530 features a 51-hp engine and maximum breakout force of 7,761 lbs. The R630 offers a 64.4-hp engine and delivers a maximum breakout force of 10,415 lbs. Both models are available with a ROPS/FOPS certified canopy or new air conditioned cab and include a hydrostatic transmission (HST). The R630 provides an E-HST (electronic) transmission with four modes — normal mode, attachment mode, power and Eco-modes. The R30-Series expands attachment selection with a new hydraulic skid steer-style quick-coupler and a hydraulic Euro-style coupler. A wide variety of Kubota attachments are available for both models, and the R30’s hybrid link system provides the best features of the parallel link system and the Z-bar link system. For more information, visit www.kubota.com.

Terex

Boasting a robust design and maneuverability, Terex compact wheel loaders, ranging from 50 to 101 hp, are built to excel in the most challenging applications, from general construction, earthmoving and agricultural work to specialized tasks such as landscaping, utility and municipal work. Equipped with Tier 4 Final Deutz engines, these compact wheel loaders offer North American contractors productivity on many jobsites thanks to their steering and hydrostatic drive systems, parallel kinematics and Terex Smart Control System. Four unique models make up the Terex Tier 4 Final compact wheel loader family: The 50-hp TL65 unit offers bucket capacities from 0.65 to 1.31 cu yds; the 60-hp TL80 boasts bucket capacities of 1.05 to 1.57 cu yds; the 74-hp TL100 has bucket capacities ranging from 1.31 to 2.03 cu yds; and the 101-hp TL120 model provides bucket capacities from 1.57 to 2.36 cu yds. For more information, visit www.terex.com.

Volvo

According to Volvo, its L90H wheel loaders are versatile machines equipped with an industry-leading cab and an efficient engine for increased productivity and reduced fuel consumption in a variety of applications. Equipped with a Volvo 6-liter diesel Tier 4 Final engine, the wheel loader delivers high torque at low engine rpm for performance and fuel efficiency. The L90H is built with unique Torque Parallel (TP) linkage for versatility and front visibility. The TP linkage combines the benefits of Z-bar and parallel linkage to deliver high breakout torque and excellent parallel movement throughout the entire lifting range, the company says. The operator has full control over the load for increased safety and productivity. Double seals on all linkage pins retain lubricating grease and prevent dust for durability and long machine life, and the TP linkage geometry provides bucket roll-back angles for increased stability and less spillage. For more information, visit www.volvoce.com.

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