Caterpillar puts new XE range on show in Perth

Credits: Andre Chang-Fane/WesTrac

Caterpillar has displayed its latest wheel loaders, articulated trucks and other equipment at the 2019 national Load and Haul event in Perth.

The event was centred around Caterpillar’s new XE range, including the CAT 988K XE and 972M XE wheel loaders.

Caterpillar said the XE range was proving “incredibly popular” for a broad range of applications, including smaller mining operations.

The Cat 988K XE, for example, is capable of handling steeper grades and manoeuvring  tighter areas.

This is the first large wheel loader offered by Caterpillar with a high-efficiency electric drive system. It delivers 25 per cent greater overall efficiency and up to 10 per cent more productivity in load-and-carry applications than the 988K loader.

The Cat 988K XE is suitable for demanding job sites, where fuel efficiency makes a difference in the machine’s total cost of operation, according to Caterpillar.

It also features switched reluctance technology and leverages over 15 years of Cat electric drive experience, proving field reliability.

The XE range is based on the popular predecessor models, with additional features for greater even better all-round performance. The Cat 988K XE, for example, retains the 988K’s ACERT engine, mechanical dropbox, driveline and axles.

On the other hand, Cat’s 972M XE wheel loader features a continuous variable transmission that results in smooth shifts, fast acceleration and speed on grade.

It delivers exceptional fuel economy and is popular among quarry and mining operations with steeper grades, tighter loading areas and greater pressure on cost per tonne.

Other Cat’s recent additions on display included the 986K wheel loader, 6015B hydraulic shovel and the 745 and 740 GC articulated trucks.

“We are delighted to be able to host such an important event on behalf of Caterpillar and welcome the interest and input of industry,” event host WesTrac’s chief executive Jarvas Croome said.

“Activity is increasing across Australia with a large number of infrastructure and major construction projects under way, while there’s also a lot of movement in mining.

“The highly versatile Cat XE range is going to be a popular choice for fast, efficient operations across all sectors, not to mention providing improved environmental performance for operators.”

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