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Caterpillar put the first 826 landfill compactor to work in 1978.
Caterpillar put the first 826 landfill compactor to work in 1978. Since then, customers like you have helped us improve the safety, reliability and productivity of this very popular machine.
Our H Series model has enhanced visibility and comfort from a new ergonomic cab. Operators have greater line of sight to areas around the machine, and with CAES installed, the 826H has the ability to be more efficient, lowering your operating costs.
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Caterpillar’s commitment to quality is profound. We design to a higher standard so that your business can prosper.
All of our parts are subject to quality and conformance checks, and when needed, we collaborate with suppliers early in the design phase for their knowledge and manufacturing experience.
New designs undergo Finite Element Analysis telling us where stresses congregate under loads typical of the machine’s application. New castings are virtually monitored to evaluate fill quality and cooling characteristics.
New product introductions at Caterpillar are guided by your voice, the voice of our dealers, their mechanics, and on the ability to physically manufacture a new design. These are just some of the criteria that make Cat products leaders in the industry and ensure long life, reliable machines for your business.
The 826H is built on structures that combine strong, load absorbing castings and box-section frames. This combination is a tried and true frame design for many Cat® products. We use computer-controlled machining to align components for hitch pin and bearing life. Frame welds are 90% robotic, consistent in quality and penetrate deep into plates. The front frame construction dissipates much of the load coming from the blade before reaching the hitch. Likewise, the rear engine end frame is absorbing torque and weight from the engine and transmission. Both frames come together at the hitch, where large hitch pins pivot on double tapered roller bearings.
Caterpillar designs and manufactures many of the critical components in the machine, including the transmission, axles, compactor wheels, engine and fuel systems. Most of these components have literally millions of hours demonstrating their reliability on all sorts of Cat machines and on-highway trucks.
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The 826H features proven Cat power train components like the C15 ACERT™ diesel engine.
Features of the Cat C15 ACERT
Integrated design for long life and uptimeLearn More
The constant direction changes, poor underfoot conditions and debris riddled environment of the landfill are easily managed by the rugged and dependable 826H drive train components.
Planetary Power Shift Transmission
Coupled to a high-capacity torque converter and the Cat C15 engine, the extreme duty planetary powershift transmission is equipped with hydraulically controlled clutches (ECPC) for optimum shifting and acceleration. There are two forward gears and two reverse gears. Shifts are smooth for best in class operator comfort and torque spikes are controlled reducing component wear.
Unlike hydrostatic machines, power shift transmissions and heavy duty axles ensure a long lasting efficient transmission of power from the engine to the wheels.
Controlled Throttle Shifting
Controlled Throttle Shifting is a feature that reduces engine speed during a gear shift. Reducing engine speed during transition serves to reduce the amount of load seen by the components and it smooths the transition for improved operator comfort. The result is reduced wear and longer component life.
Axles and No Spin Differential Lock
Cat axles take the brunt of abuse in landfill applications. The 826H has heavy duty axles with guarding to prevent damage. Both the front and rear axles can be equipped with no-SPIN differential locks. On both axles, this would turn the machine into full-time, all wheel drive. This configuration is good for long straight passes on very slippery slopes, but not a good option for close, confined spaces. The standard configuration is for a no-spin differential on the rear axle, and a slip differential on the front.
Purpose built for the harshest application on the planetLearn More
There are two critical cooling systems on the machine, one for the machine, and one for the operator.
One critical requirement for the 826H cooling system is the ability to get air. In a trash-filled environment, this isn’t always easy. Caterpillar offers an auto-reversing fan that is hydraulically driven, and only works when temperatures require it. This fan reduces both sound levels and fuel use during periods of no demand. Engine coolant, transmission oil, hydraulic oil and air inlet manifold temperatures all provide input to the fan operation. Every 20 minutes, the fan reverses for 30 seconds to blow away debris accumulating on the air inlet screens helping protect the air flow and cooling capacity of the system.
Behind the fan is Caterpillar’s next generation modular radiator. It has seven cores with 6 fins per inch that allow debris to pass through more readily. The extreme efficiency of this radiator eliminates the need for high-ambient service cooling packages.
Keeping operators cool also helps keep them focused. The 826H has a roof-mounted air conditioner to help keep it out of dust and debris. In spite of its location, it will require cleaning but less often, and the condenser core is easily accessible from the rear of the cab.
Ergonomically designed for comfort and focusLearn More
The 826H cab is designed to reduce work load, and provide a safe, comfortable work environment for those in and around the machine.
Visibility to the work area is excellent out of windows that extend almost to the floor. The windows are laminated glass and rubber mounted for safety and sound suppression. Mirrors increase visibility down the machine sides. An optional camera and display provide visibility to the rear of the machine reducing risk to people and equipment at the drop off area.
The cab is pressurized to keep dust out, and is sound suppressed to reduce noise levels. A precleaner can be added for extreme levels of dust. Both air conditioning and heat are standard on the machine and sized for the solar load and cab capacity.
Command Control Steering (CCS) – The 826H cab comes standard with command control steering. Unlike a conventional steering wheel, CCS requires only 50 degrees of turn to fully articulate the machine.
STIC Steer – STIC steer is optional, and controls steering by moving the implement control right or left. It’s a very intuitive control, and further reduces the effort required to operate the machine.
The control pod is ergonomically designed and adjustable with finger tip control over the blade.
A throttle lock feature allows the operator to set a comfortable speed without having to keep the throttle depressed.
The machine comes standard with Automatic Blade Positioning technology. This technology positions the blade at a preset height every time the machine is put in a forward or reverse gear. The operator is saved from having to constantly raise and lower the blade every time they make a pass. Operators can override the system at any time.
The cab is designed with roll over and falling object protection both of which are most effective when used with the retractable seat belt.
Optional rubber mounted glass ensures a quick replacement to maximize machine uptime.
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Caterpillar has 40 years of experience guarding landfill compactors, starting with the 816 first built in 1970. Even the simplest detail, like a bolt shearing, can interrupt your progress, so Caterpillar offers comprehensive guarding on its compactors.
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Caterpillar designs and manufactures its wheels in Aurora, Illinois, the same plant that assembles the compactors. There are two wheel sizes available, one 1016 mm (40 in) with Step Tips, and multiple types of 1219 mm (48 in) wheels.
Chopper wheels deliver maximum compaction and traction on the landfill.
Smooth Steel Wheels
In the event that Caterpillar doesn’t offer a tip that meets your specific needs, we recommend you apply them to a Cat steel wheel. All of the system integration work including component life, power train, cooling and structure design is based on Cat steel wheels. Designed and manufactured by Caterpillar, these wheels integrate with the final drives, bearings and other critical components of the machine. Applying a third party wheel will change these dynamics and affect machine performance and component life. It will also prevent the use of the Cat axle guard system designed for Cat wheels. Our ultimate goal is to provide you with a machine that is safe to operate, performs reliably and stays productive as long as you need it to. Cat steel wheels can make that happen.
Cat Step Tips deliver dependable performance in tough waste and excellent stability on side slopes. The unique pyramid shape of the tip, with its individual step and 178 mm (7 in) offer extended wear life.
Where other tips are straight up and down, the wider base and angled surface of the Step Tip leaves the landfill surface compacted rather than disturbing or “fluffing” the material.
In addition to outstanding compaction, the Step Tip provides excellent traction even as it wears.
Each tip is made of two ultra-durable materials. The upper portion is carbon steel that is harder than previous tip offerings. The bottom of the tip is a lower carbon-content steel that is easy to weld to the wheel.
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An ideal blade for most landfills with heavy duty construction. Comes equipped with a trash guard that offers good visibility and additional capacity.
The Semi U-Blade combines the dozing benefits of the straight blade with the additional capacity and control of the U-Blade. This blade is equipped with a trash rack.
The best choice for large capacity hauling and spreading, the U-Blade is heavier than the other two blades with angled ends for carrying and controlling waste over longer distances.
Safety is always our first priorityLearn More
We are constantly improving our products in an effort to provide a safe work environment for the operator and those who work on your job site. Here are just a few of the safety features on the 826H.
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In spite of its heavy duty guarding, Caterpillar has made servicing the 826H a design priority.
Cat Product Link*
Cat Product Link is standard on the machine, and allows remote monitoring of equipment to improve overall fleet-management effectiveness. Product Link is deeply integrated into machine systems. Events and diagnostic codes, as well as hours, fuel, idle time and other detailed information are transmitted to a secure web based application, VisionLink™. VisionLink includes powerful tools to convey information to users and dealers, including mapping, working and idle time, fuel level and more.
* Product Link licensing not available in all areas. Please consult your Cat dealer for availability.
Our commitment to you, your business and future generations is as strong as the machines we build.
Our effort to build machines that live longer, use fewer resources, and produce fewer emissions is only the start. Our plants, like the Aurora facility where the 826H is built, are conserving precious energy and resources with solar power, roof top gardens, and comprehensive recycle programs.
Sustainability is profitable. Our cleaner environment helps us control quality on the assembly line and build better products. It reduces our energy demand and our output to landfills creating a better environment for all.
We can similarly help your business with machines that lead the industry in balancing fuel use with productivity demands. Each generation of Cat product is more emissions friendly than the last, helping reduce the carbon foot print of your fleet. We can also offer people and technologies that train your operators to be more efficient and protect the environment at service time. Technologies like Cat Product Link let your Cat dealer know what machines are coming due for service and what parts are required. This allows your dealer to optimize the mileage and fuel use of their service fleet – while providing you with more efficient and timely service.
We welcome the opportunity to support your business and its sustainable growth.
Cat Reman offers customers a high quality, low cost choice in replacement parts. Parts in good condition but at the end of their service life are reconditioned to like-new quality by Caterpillar. Cat Reman products have the same warranty as new parts, and offer the benefit of limiting waste and consumption of raw materials.
WesTrac and our power systems partners Energy Power Systems Australia (EPSA), provide WA, NSW and ACT with Caterpillar Electric Power Systems, such as generator sets, automatic transfer switches (ATS), uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and switchgears.
EPSA is the Australian Dealer responsible for the sale of new and used Caterpillar engines and design of the installations.
WesTrac provides build-up, installation, servicing, repair and management of power generation plant and equipment, as well as industrial, truck and marine engines and transmissions – 24/7.
It is a formidable combination, providing an unrivalled service – proven reliable Cat power and superb service and parts supply.
You will find the strategic WesTrac/EPSA alliance at work throughout WA, NSW and ACT wherever prime or standby power is required.
At WesTrac® we conduct our business with a number of associated partners.