Caterpillar’s compact wheel loaders come with specialized setups designed to effectively manage various industries, including agriculture, waste management, forestry, aggregates, and snow removal tasks.
The revolutionary Next Generation of Cat‘s 926, 930, and 938 Wheel Loaders introduces a variety of advanced technologies and enhancements aimed at enhancing productivity through streamlined machine operation. These versatile Cat compact wheel loaders are intentionally designed to provide flexibility, offering industry-specific setups that excel in tasks such as agriculture, waste management, forestry, aggregates, and snow removal. These customizable models can be equipped right from the factory or enhanced with aftermarket upgrade kits installed by a Caterpillar dealer.
Bringing forth effective power, the Caterpillar exclusive adaptive engine RPM function autonomously fine-tunes engine speed in response to operator commands, ensuring optimal productivity while minimizing fuel consumption. These next-generation compact wheel loaders are designed with optimized and appropriately sized systems that operate at standard, lower engine RPMs. The productive and efficient working range of 1,200 to 1,500 RPM enhances fuel efficiency, while larger pumps operate at slower speeds to reduce wear and extend service life.
Innovative drivetrain technology
Introducing an industry-first, these latest wheel loaders offer four distinct powertrain operating modes:
- Utility Mode: Tailored for hydromechanical tool use or precise pick-and-place tasks, this mode ensures implement power and swift speed. It also provides fine ground speed control with an engine RPM throttle lock.
- Torque Mode: Achieving up to 5% fuel savings, this mode allows the machine to “freewheel” around corners and downhill stretches.
- Hystat Mode: Engineered with aggressive deceleration and acceleration, this mode features engine braking and prevents travel until throttle application.
- Ice Mode: Perfect for snow-clearing operations, the ice mode delivers gentle directional shifts and extended coast-out, enhancing control during tasks.
The inclusion of new auto wheel torque control empowers the machine to take charge, automatically regulating torque to the wheel while fine-tuning rimpull control to minimize tire spin. Enhancing traction on challenging terrains, these innovative loaders are equipped with a front axle differential lock as a standard feature, with the option of a limited rear slip differential. In the case of the 926 and 930 loaders, the differential lock is conveniently managed on-the-go by the operator through the joystick. The newly introduced 938 loader boasts an automatic differential lock as a standard feature, accompanied by manual control.
Included as a standard feature on these latest wheel loaders, Cat Payload comes with a 250-hour demo mode, allowing users to test its capabilities before subscribing. This feature facilitates real-time weighing, aiding operators in achieving precise targets and preventing issues like overloading, underloading, or incorrect material distribution.
In-cab kickout settings for upper, lower, and tilt functions are easily adjusted through pushbuttons, enabling operators to align the bucket position with the task at hand and optimize the lifespan of the bucket’s cutting edge. Controlled conveniently with a joystick button, a new bucket shake feature offers precise material metering for batching or spreading tasks, while also aiding in the cleaning of the bucket.
Integrating automotive-style features and comforts, the advanced next-gen cab enhances operator comfort and boosts visibility for heightened safety. Reduced cab pillars, expanded window coverage, heated and electric rearview mirrors with improved parabolic design, and a standard rearview camera all contribute to enhancing the operator’s visibility around the machine. New choices include a multi-view camera system that offers a bird’s-eye perspective of the loader’s surroundings, while rear object detection with visual and audible alarms provides supplementary alerts for the machine’s rear area.
Enhanced automatic temperature control, complete with a defrost button, ensures consistent comfort for operators in varying ambient temperatures. The inclusion of auto lighting with daytime running lights illuminates the machine’s lights as daylight diminishes. For added safety, an optional beacon positioned atop the cab offers a visual alert when the operator is outside the cab or not wearing their seatbelt.
The latest generation of small wheel loaders introduces Cat Command for Loading to the global market, aiming to enhance safety and productivity. This feature enables remote control of the loader, eliminating the need for operators to be present in hazardous conditions. A new addition to this model series is the command console, designed with an ergonomic control layout for efficient line-of-sight machine operation. The command station provides operators with a virtual cab experience, complete with familiar controls and machine displays for remote, non-line-of-sight loader control. This innovation enables one operator to manage multiple machines, individually and at various locations, all from a single command station, thereby boosting efficiency and productivity.
The in-cab display is customizable, providing a user-friendly view of operating parameters. Leveraging Operator Profiles, the display can store up to 50 distinct operating profiles, which the loader can access when a specific operator begins operation. These next generation loaders offer two steering options: the new force feedback joystick steer control and a low-effort steering wheel. This additional customization allows for a personalized machine configuration. With the new joystick steering, the loaders can achieve speeds of up to 25 mph (40 kmph). The force feedback feature adjusts, becoming stiffer at higher speeds and more relaxed as speed decreases.
Furthermore, the next generation loaders provide the choice between joystick or single-axis levers, both equipped with a variety of programmable options to suit operator preferences. Incorporated with joystick controls, the versatile jog dial offers convenient on-the-go adjustments for speed, throttle lock, auxiliary hydraulic flow, wheel torque, screen navigation, and creep speed control.
Equipped with standard parallelism, the enhanced Z-bar linkage functions as both a Z-bar digger and a tool carrier, enhancing versatility and visibility. This design accommodates coupler and high lift alternatives for all the latest models. The patented positive pressure fusion coupler interface eliminates wear while maximizing performance with reduced work tool offset. The comprehensive selection of work tools for these new loaders encompasses optimized forks with mechanical parallel lift and performance series buckets that boast an assertive rack angle for improved load retention and a 10% increase in fill factors.
The updated machine design enhances implement visibility. With an assertive rack angle, it offers complete cutting-edge and exceptional bucket corner visibility. The operator benefits from excellent ground-level visibility of fork tips at full height, facilitating confident material loading and unloading. Furthermore, an optional cranked tine option enhances forward visibility even more.
Significant service savings
Service intervals for engine oil, filters, and fuel filters are extended to 1,000 hours in the next gen small wheel loaders. This change results in significant savings over 10,000 operating hours: 45% reduction in engine oil usage, 67% less fuel filter usage, and 45% decrease in air filter consumption. These improvements lead to reduced service costs and increased loader uptime. The inclusion of full return filtration in the Hystat, implement, and steering systems maintains cleaner hydraulic oil and enhances system reliability.
Accessing daily service components has been made more convenient, and the new cabin filter can be serviced from ground level, reducing service duration and enhancing safety. An optional integrated autolube system with adjustable grease frequency is available to optimize component longevity and minimize expenses by ensuring proper lubrication of hinge points. Additionally, tire pressure and temperature monitoring is offered as an option, featuring adjustable safety thresholds to promote extended tire lifespan and cost savings.