Cat updates ‘Next Gen’ wheel loaders

Published 11/3, 2022 at 09:34

Cat has updated its Next Gen 966, 966 XE, 972 and 972 ZEE wheel loaders with the design extending fluid and filter change intervals to lower maintenance costs by up to 20% when compared to previous models.

Cat states that its continuous variable transmission (CVT) on the Next Gen Cat 966 XE and 972 XE loaders improve fuel efficiencies up to 35% compared to the previous ‘powershift’ models. Cat also states that prolonged service intervals plus efficiencies gained through the CVT powertrain result in reduced maintenance costs. All updated models feature Cat ‘Payload’ with ‘Assist’, whilst the new Cat ‘Autodig’ with ‘Auto Set Tires’ delivers consistently high bucket fill factors for the updated medium wheel loaders and new application profiles sets multiple machine parameters with the press of one button.

Cat ‘Advanced Payload’ with ‘Assist’ offers ‘Tip Off Assist’ to adjust the final bucket load to match hauling unit target, enhanced lists management, site integration and more. Cat ‘Productivity’ subscription provides information for the site off board to a smartphone, tablet or computer. Deep system integration of the CVT powertrain, engine, hydraulic and cooling systems come as part of the Next Gen Cat 966 XE and 972 XE design which Cat says results in increased performance and fuel efficiency. Without the torque converter of mechanical drive systems, these loaders independently control engine rpm and machine speed to provide digging, fine control and operation. Cat also states that the design extends maintenance intervals to 1,000h and eliminates the 500h service intervals.

The ‘Cat App’ provides alerts for required maintenance and assists requesting service from the local Cat dealer. ‘Remote Troubleshoot’ connects the machine to the dealer’s service department to diagnose fault codes without on-machine cable connection. ‘Remote Flash’ ensures the wheel loaders operate with the most up to date software without impacting the production schedule. The cab includes sound suppression, seals and viscous mounts. A wide door that unlocks remotely from the ground plus inclined steps improves cab ingress/egress, whilst the ‘HMU’ steering wheel is available as an option for the 966 and 972 powershift models. The updated models are also equipped with standard monitored seatbelts, a standard rear vision camera, large mirrors with integrated spot mirrors, a Cat ‘Detect’ radar and a multi view 360o vision system.

Available in capacities ranging from 2.8m to 14.0m for the new 966 and 972 loader series, Cat ‘Performance Series’ buckets balance shape against the machine’s linkage. ‘Fusion Quick Coupler’ buckets permit rapid work tool changes without leaving the cab. Purpose built options includes an aggregate handler configuration that offers higher payload capability for loose aggregate handling applications. Industrial and waste models feature the guarding and reinforcement required for working on demolition sites, transfer stations, recycling facilities and so forth. The loaders can be ordered in the steel mill configuration that incorporates additional levels of safety.

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