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Komatsu wheel loader offers increased productivity for forestry and construction applications

A wheel loader on the job site
A Komatsu WA480-8 wheel loader.

Designed to be a three-pass match for loading aggregate and other processed materials onto highway trucks, the new 299 horsepower Komatsu WA480-8 wheel loader can also be adapted for use in infrastructure, forestry and non-residential construction applications. 

Designed for increased productivity and versatility

The curved side edges of the Komatsu-designed, 7.2-cubic-yard bucket are built to minimize spillage, and the internal space and shape provides smooth material flow. The long bucket jaw and decreased strike plane angle helps deliver easy fill and low resistance during pile penetration. The integrated load meter system in the cab lets operators see how much material is in the bucket. 

For increased bucket capacity and stability, the loader arrangement has more than 1,400 pounds of added counterweight. Further stability is provided by low-profile tires with increased ground contact that are mounted to new heavy-duty front and rear axles. 

Collectively, the features on the WA480-8 wheel loader enhance its versatility, making it suitable for truck loading, carrying, stockpiling and hopper charging applications.

Maximized brake life

To promote maximized brake life in extended load-and-carry or high-speed applications, the WA480-8 loader has a new and efficient air-cooled braking system. The dedicated system enhances higher cooling efficiency. Stable cooling performance under high-duty cycle operation helps to reduce the risk of the oil overheating. A sensor on the electric drive pump measures the axle temperature and activates only when needed.

Company info

8770 W Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 100
Chicago, IL
US, 60631


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