Wheel Loaders: Equipment Spotlight

November 2013, Vol. 68 No. 11
John Deere 229-hp 644K Hybrid Wheel Loader

Volvo Construction Equipment
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The updated L30G and L35G wheel loaders from Volvo may be compact — making them ideal for tight turns and work in restricted areas — but they possess the versatility and breakout and lifting forces expected from larger machines. And, both models feature powerful, new, fuel-efficient Volvo engines that meet the demanding emissions requirements of Tier 4 Final regulations. 825.650.2000, volvo.com

Caterpillar
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The new 988K features redesigned loader linkage, worldwide engine configurations, drive train modifications, redesigned cab and enhancements in safety and serviceability. The Cat C18 ACERT engine powers the 988K and is available as a Tier 4 Final/Stage IV version (using selective catalytic reduction to control nitrogen-oxide emissions), and as a Tier 2/Stage II version for less regulated regions. Electronic fuel control ensures optimum performance and throttle response, delivering up to 20 percent greater fuel efficiency, compared with the 988H. Additional fuel savings accrue with the 988K ECO Mode (on-demand throttle), engine-idle shutdown system, and engine-idle kickdown/auto-resume system. Greater fuel efficiency and lower emissions significantly reduce the carbon footprint cat.com/requestCatinfo