New Cat 980 and 982 Series wheel loaders
XE models with continuous variable transmission offer even higher fuel efficiencies and lower operating costs
OFFERING premium performance in the 9- to 11-tonne wheel loader class, the new Cat 980 and 982 medium wheel loaders are said to be up to 10% more productive and reduce maintenance costs by up to 20%, compared to the previous 980M and 982M powershift models.
The new wheel loaders include an expanded technology platform to increase machine performance and improve operating efficiency. Standard Cat Payload* with Assist on all 980 and 982 series loaders provides an accurate weighing of bucket payloads and includes low-lift-weigh and manual tip-off functions.
Optional Cat Advanced Payload* expands the system’s functionality with Lists-Management, Multitask- and Manual-Add Modes and Tip-off Assist. Compatible with third-party weigh scale software, it can wirelessly integrate the weigh scale process with Dispatch-for-Loading (additional subscription required).
The new Cat Autodig with Auto Set Tyres promotes proper loading technique to significantly reduce tyre slip and loading time. The system can automate the complete bucket loading cycle to deliver consistently high bucket fill factors for up to 10% more productivity.
Standard along with Autodig and Auto Set Tyres, the new models introduce Application-Profiles, whereby the press of one button sets multiple machine parameters to optimize settings for the application at hand. Customized 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.
For the first time in this size class, Caterpillar also offer a continuous variable transmission (CVT) option. Leveraging more than 10 years’ production experience with the 966K XE, 966M XE and 972M XE models, the new 980 XE and 982 XE versions feature a high-efficiency continuously variable parallel path drive system that combines a direct mechanical path from the engine to the wheels with a Hystat variator.
Deep system integration of the Cat CVT, engine, hydraulics and cooling system are said to improve fuel efficiency by up to 35%, through lowering the rated engine speed with high rimpull. Operating noise levels are also reduced.
Access to the new operator’s cab is easy thanks to its wide door, stair-like steps and grabrails. The new adjustable suspension seat comes in Comfort, Deluxe and Premium levels and includes heated and heated/cooled options for improved year-round comfort. Operators will also appreciate increased legroom inside the new cab, while sound suppression, seals and viscous cab mounts reduce noise and vibration levels for a quiet work environment.
The seat-mounted electrohydraulic joystick steering system provides precise control over the new Cat 980 and 982 series models with minimal arm movements. A conventional steering wheel is also available on the 980. Also, the new loaders now feature a push-to-start system that requires a valid Operator ID to start the engine. Operator ID works with a passcode input on the display or with the optional Cat Bluetooth key.
The floor-to-ceiling windshield improves forward visibility of the work area, while the standard rear-vision camera along with convex and spot mirrors help to enhance visibility around the machine to improve operating safety. Cat Detect radar and a multi-view (360°) vision system are available as options.
Extended fluid and filter change intervals on the Cat 980 and 982 wheel loaders reduce maintenance costs by up to 20%, and by up to 25% on the 980 XE and 982 XE models. All maintenance intervals are now scheduled in 1,000h increments, eliminating service downtime every 500 hours.
Moreover, remote services technologies on the new Cat medium wheel loaders can save service trips to the job site and ensure the machine operates at peak performance. Remote Troubleshoot connects the machine to the dealer’s service department over-the-air to quickly diagnose fault codes without on-machine cable connection.
Remote Flash ensures the wheel loaders are operating with the most up-to-date software. Update files are pushed to the machine in the background and installation can be initiated from the Cat Remote Services Web Portal by the customer in a safe manner, reducing impact on production schedules. Helping to manage fleet loader location, hours and maintenance schedules, the web portal connects fleet managers to the machine and allows dealer service requests to be made from a mobile device.
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