Caterpillar has launched the new 992K wheel loader alongside its sister machine the 854K wheel dozer, improving both machines with design, efficiency, safety, and uptime enhancements.
Powered by an 801-horsepower Cat C32 ACERT engine, the new 992K delivers three-pass loading of the Cat 775 off-highway truck and four-pass loading of the Cat 777. To improve cost efficiency, the heavy equipment maker has implemented the Cat Production Measurement system which allows operators to minimize truck under-loading and overloading.
The new 992K also boasts updated hydraulics featuring improved pump efficiency along with other performance enhancements like improved fluid filtration and coolant loss monitoring.
Caterpillar has also implemented an Economy Mode on the 992K with on-demand throttle management. Cat says the machine is able to automatically manage engine speed, combining the efficiency of a manual throttle with ergonomic throttle lock operation. In its testing, Cat has found that the 992K can reduce fuel consumption by as much as 21 percent over previous models.
The design of the 992K and 854K wheel dozer has also been improved in order to enhance operator safety. The machines are built fire suppression ready and feature turn signals, hazard lights, a bi-directional emergency gate, wheel chocks, mid-rails for safe window cleaning and fall protection tie-offs for service technicians.
Technicians and operators will also appreciate the machines’ centralized services centers and ground level access points. Meanwhile Cat’s Vital Information Management System continually monitors machine health and provides updates to operators, service personnel and fleet managers.
Inside the cab, operators will find joystick controls and an updated color touchscreen display.