Wheel Loaders: Equipment Spotlight

November 2012, Vol. 67, No. 11
The Doosan DL200 wheel loader.

Volvo Construction Equipment
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The new L45G and L50G feature the latest emissions-compliant engines and Volvo patented TP Linkage, ensuring high breakout force and parallel movement throughout the entire lifting range. For moving in restricted work areas, these machines feature the modern stylistic redesign of the G-Series range – compact dimensions come from the shorter frame as a result of the transversely mounted engine. The Tier 4 interim L45G and L50G are fitted with the Volvo D4 four-cylinder turbocharged off-highway diesel engine, which features cooled gas recirculation and a particulate filter with active regeneration and produces between 98 and 114 hp. Flexibility is a key feature of these two wheel loaders, and it’s enhanced by an attachment bracket that enables quick tool changes. ISO standardized, the bracket allows the operator to clearly see the attachment points from the cab, and the variety of Volvo attachments available is extensive. 825.650.2000, volvo.com

Caterpillar
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Equipped with an advanced powertrain system, the new Cat 966K XE wheel loader delivers up to a 25 percent fuel efficiency improvement while delivering efficiency by utilizing an integrated Cat continuously variable transmission system. A hydraulic pump and motor (variator unit) allows for a smooth and continuous gear ratio change between engine speed and machine speed. The continuously variable gear ratio of the variator also enables the engine to run at a more efficient operating range independent of machine ground speed. The 966K XE is powered by a Cat C9.3 ACERT diesel engine, delivering 290 hp. The 966K XE has just two pedals with reduced operating interface/mode complexity. In addition, the operator is free to concentrate on bucket fill and digging capabilities without the need for manual shifting. The operator can confidently utilize the machine while the integral power system control prevents engine over-speeding and makes it nearly impossible to stall the engine while digging. cat.com/requestCatinfo