Caterpillar launches new Cat 980L medium wheel loader


The new Cat 980L medium wheel loader is being launched in South America, Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, CIS and Asia Pacific. It is more powerful and fuel-efficient than its predecessor, the 980H, featuring significant drivetrain and hydraulic-system refinement, operator safety and convenience enhancements, proven Z-bar linkage, Cat Performance Series buckets, and options such as automatic traction control, enhanced ride control system, and Cat Connect Technologies.

The 980L uses a productive and fuel-efficient Cat C13 ACERT engine with a maximum gross power rating of 303kW (412 metric horsepower) and approximate operating weight of 30,090kg. The power-dense engine uses a combination of proven electronic, fuel-injection and air-systems and has increased engine power by 5% compared with the 980H, greatly improving machine performance and response.

The 980L uses a 4F/4R countershaft power-shift transmission. A high-capacity torque converter uses a lock-up clutch for efficient grade and high-speed performance, and the Caterpillar Advanced Productivity Electronically Controlled (APEC) control system maintains torque flow during range shifts for faster acceleration on ramps and smoother shifts in the transmission’s direct-drive mode.

The 980L is designed for maximum fuel efficiency and low fuel consumption while maintaining high performance. The 980L is not only more powerful, but also features up to 25 percent less fuel consumption compared with its predecessor, the 980H.

The power-dense ACERT engine burns less fuel by providing power and torque when needed. The innovative powertrain, hydraulic, cooling and electronic systems intelligently lower average working engine speeds and reduce overall system heat loads resulting in significantly improved performance and fuel efficiency. Furthermore, the productive Economy Mode provides maximum fuel savings with minimal productivity impact.

The new operator environment features a four post Roll Over Protection System (ROPS) cab providing unmatched comfort, visibility and efficiency. Seat-mounted, electrohydraulic implement controls and programmable (in-cab) kick-outs provide optimum work-tool control, complemented by automatic cylinder snubbing that protects the machine structures and enhances performance.

The one-piece tilting hood with side and rear access doors provides easy access to daily fluid level checks, fueling points and full engine compartment when required. Electrical and hydraulic service centers provide grouped, ground-level access to such items as SOS (scheduled oil sampling) ports that facilitate collecting fluid samples at optimum points in a circulating system.

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