Cat launches two new wheeled loaders
By Dan Colombini10 November 2021
Caterpillar has announced the launch of two new wheeled loaders with expanded technology, designed to improve performance and operating efficiency.
The new 980 and 982 medium wheeled loaders are said to be up to 10% more productive and can lower maintenance costs up to 12% compared to the previous 980M, 980L and 982M models, according to the firm.
The new technology provides real-time actionable information, which allows the 980 and 982 series loaders to provide an accurate weighing of bucket payloads.
The wheeled loaders will be available in South America, Africa, Middle East, Turkey, Eurasia, China, Southeast Asia, India, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.
Cat 980 and 982 medium wheel loaders
The new technology includes low-lift-weigh and manual tip-off functions. Optional Cat Advanced Payload expands the system’s functionality with Lists-Management, Multitask- & Manual-Add Modes and Tip-off assist.
Compatible with third-party scale house software, it can wirelessly integrate the machine in the scale-house process with Dispatch-for-Loading, although this requires an additional subscription.
The new Cat Autodig with Auto Set Tires also promotes proper loading technique to reduce tire slip and loading time. It can automate the complete bucket loading cycle to deliver consistently high bucket fill factors for up to 10% more productivity, the firm claims.
Standard along with Autodig and Auto Set Tires, the new models introduce Application-Profiles, in which the press of one button sets multiple machine parameters to optimise settings for the application at hand.
Customised profiles can be created to fit customer-specific cases. Selectable on-screen Job Aids, along with a streamlined new controls layout, promotes ease of operation to help all operators be more productive.
The OEM added that new comfort and safety features, alongside operational tools, are also included to maximise comfort and loading accuracy.