Cat M Series wheel loader updates include lower operating costs and improved operator comfort
2019 updates for Cat M Series Medium Wheel Loaders (950M – 982M) include technology advances that provide: lower operating costs via extended service intervals; enhanced operator comfort with new seats and suspensions; added machine configurations; expanded productivity measurement tools; remote software update capability; and more.
U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and EU Stage V models save maintenance costs by extending engine oil, engine oil filter and hydraulic oil filter change intervals from 500 hours up to 1,000 hours.
Based on estimated comparisons of total engine and hydraulic fluids, filters, and sampling costs during a 6,000-hour period, costs can be potentially reduced by 16 to 23 percent.
In addition, several fuel and engine oil filters are being converted from spin-on to cartridge-type. Benefits of cartridge-type filters include fewer parts to replace at servicing (housing is retained), easier disposal of used elements, and less costly replacement parts.
The "next generation" of seats and suspensions offers three trim levels – comfort, deluxe, and premium plus – and feature high-visibility, seat-adjustment controls, as well as ride stiffness adjustments.
A new "breakthrough" suspension for deluxe and premium plus trim levels increases dampening at the top and bottom of seat travel. The ride stiffness of the seat suspension is adjustable to different settings, allowing operators to tailor seat dampening to individual preferences.
The Cat Advanced Productivity application is a web-based tool used to visualize machine production-related data and complements Cat PAYLOAD, Cat Production Measurement 2.0. The tool is accessed from VisionLink and includes a user-customizable report dashboard, cycle-by-cycle downloadable data, and a list of features for truck and material identification lists.
Remote flash support allows the dealer to push software update files to the customer's machine and authorizes the user to initiate installation via the dealer service portal.
New configurations in the medium wheel loader lineup include the 982M High Lift, which increases dump clearance under the bucket pin from 15 feet 6 inches, to 16 feet 10 inches (4,743 to 5,143 mm). Configuration changes from the standard 982M include a new lift arm, new tilt cylinder, new tilt link, and the counterweight from the 982M Aggregate Handler.