Cat calls on latest tech for improved loaders


Caterpillar has released two medium-size wheel loaders, using its recently announced technologies to increase productivity and improve maintenance costs.

The Cat 980 and 982 medium wheel loaders are proven to be 10 per cent more productive compared to their predecessors, the 980M, 980L and 982M.

Maintenance costs are also reduced by 12 per cent compared to these previous models.

This is made possible by Cat Payload as standard on all 980 and 982 series loaders, improving the weighing accuracy of bucket payloads to reduce the number of passes made.

Cat Advanced Payload builds upon this offering with lists management, multitask and manual-add modes, and tip-off assist.

These functions can be integrated with third-party software to seamlessly add these new models to any fleet.

The loaders also introduce one-button application profiles, allowing operators to quickly and easily set machine parameters to suit a particular application.

This complements Caterpillar’s Autodig and Auto Set Tyres to optimise the operator’s time on the job.

Maintenance cost savings come in the form of extended intervals for hydraulic checks, reducing downtime. When scheduled maintenance does come up, remote technicians can save costs on service trips by walking on-site operators through simple checks and troubleshooting.

Remote Flash helps to update the machine’s software in harmony with the production schedule, as update files are sent in the background for installation at a time that’s most convenient.

Improving comfort and convenience for operators is a new cabin, including wider door, stair-like steps and handrails, plus easily accessible hydraulic system for maintenance duties.

“The new adjustable suspension seat comes in comfort, deluxe and premium levels that includes heated and heated/cooled options for improved year-round comfort,” Caterpillar stated.

“The loaders’ new dashboard and high-resolution touchscreen display provide intuitive and user-friendly loader control for enhanced performance.”

The new models include a push-to-start system requiring a valid operator ID.

Once the machine is up and running, a floor-to-ceiling windshield improves visibility along with a read-vision camera and Cat Detect radar alert system for 360-degree vision.

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