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Cat 980K Wheel Loader 

A raft of improved features puts the Cat 980K Wheel Loader at the top of the field

The Caterpillar K Series Wheel Loader combines speed, power and agility with practical new additions designed to improve fuel economy and emissions, operator comfort, safety and productivity.

Of the five in the K Series it’s the buzz around the large Cat 980K Wheel Loader that seems to have been the loudest.

The Cat 980L boasts a powerful new Cat C13 ACERT engine (12.5L) with more horsepower than its predecessors, delivering 275 kilowatts at 1500rpm. The engine combined with a new drive train, featuring improved gear shift logic, gives the machine more digging power and acceleration, with better ramp climbing and fuel economy.

The 980K is no slouch when it comes to loading either. Now load-sensing hydraulics allow parallel flow so lifting and tilting can be done simultaneously, making bucket loading faster, smoother and more fuel efficient. The hydraulics have boosted lift and tilt force by 25 per cent and 16 per cent respectively and because they produce only the required flow to implement and reduce heat generation less fuel is used.

Caterpillar Product Application Specialist Richard Mars says the Cat 980K’s versatility makes it ideal for quarries and mines.

“Many of these operations require a loader to perform multiple tasks. Face loading requires strength, a durable frame and loader structure, high engine torque and high engine breakout and lift force from the hydraulic system,” Mars says.

The same wheel loader might be needed for sales loading or stockpiling tasks, which in turn demand precision hydraulic control and a smooth reliable transmission.

Operators haven’t been forgotten in the 2013 redesign either. The cab is more comfortable and easier to access with inclined steps instead of a ladder, a wider door, grab bars and a front-hinged door that can be moved while seated.

For more information on the Cat K Series Wheel Loaders contact your local WesTrac branch, Enquire Now or call 1300 88 10 64.