Standard technologies boost new Cat 950 and 962 loader productivity

By Larry StewartFebruary 06, 2023

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The new Cat 950 and 962 Next Generation Wheel Loaders employ simple-to-use, standard technologies that boost operator efficiency and fill buckets consistently to raise productivity up to 10%. These flexible loaders offer application-specific options to excel in the toughest applications, while service intervals are extended to lower maintenance costs by up to 30%.

Their field-proven Cat C7.1 engine combines proven electronics, fuel and air systems to generate high power density. Their automatic Cat exhaust regeneration system meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final, EU Stage V, Korea Tier 5 and Japan 2014 emission standards without interrupting operation.

Simple-to-use technologies
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A range of standard technologies on the 950 and 962 wheel loaders efficiently monitor, manage and enhance jobsite operations. Cat Payload with Assist displays accurate payload weight in real time to load more efficiently. The operator can now fully automate bucket loading using new Autodig to improve fill factors and loading times. Working in combination with Autodig, new Auto Set Tires promotes proper loading technique to significantly reduce tire slip and wear. The consistently high bucket fill factors that Autodig and Auto Set Tires generate is where the 950 and 962 get up to 10% better productivity than compared to the previous models.

Operators can create custom profiles of work settings to optimize the loader’s performance on different repetitive types of work, and recall a profile at the touch of a button to match loader performance to specific jobs. Product Link wirelessly connects the machine to the office to make production and essential machine health information available for fact-based decisions.

Optional Cat technologies can further enhance loader productivity. Cat Advanced Payload with Assist is available with Tip Off Assist to automate adjusting the final bucket load to match the target. Enhanced lists management, site integration and extended scale features help manage and improve productivity. An optional Cat Productivity subscription can provide detailed, actionable information to further improve operating profitability.

Greater production
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Single clutch and lock-to-lock shifting of the five-speed transmission offers faster acceleration and speed on grades. The new loaders offer improved traction with standard front manual differential locks, with optional automatic front and rear differential locks available, to increase productivity, reduce tire scuffing and lower operating costs.

Depending on region, the 950 and 962 are equipped with either conventional or optimized Z bar linkage. The conventional Z bar design delivers high breakout force at ground level. Optimized Z bar linkage offers parallel lift capability for precise work tool control as well as providing high breakout force at ground level.

Cat Performance Series Buckets balance bucket shape against the loader’s linkage, resulting in higher fill factors and better material retention. Allowing the machine to move quickly from task to task, the Cat Fusion Quick Coupler offers easy tool changes without the operator leaving the cab.

Comfort and safety improved

Sound suppression, seals and viscous cab mounting decrease noise levels and vibration feedback to the operator for a quieter and more comfortable work environment. A seat-mounted electrohydraulic joystick steering option replaces the steering wheel to deliver low-arm-fatigue operation. New dashboard and high-resolution touch displays afford intuitive, user-friendly operation.

All-around visibility and safety are enhanced by the cab’s floor-to-ceiling windshield, large mirrors with integrated spot mirrors and standard rear-vision camera. Optional multiview (360-degree) vision system, Cat Detect radar technology, and access light and under-hood service lighting can further improve safe operation and maintenance.

Maintenance reduced
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Ongoing filter and fluid costs are up to 30% lower on the new 950 and 962 loader models thanks to new change intervals. Connecting the machine to a Cat dealer’s service department, Remote Troubleshoot helps to efficiently diagnose problems, so the loader can get back to work quickly. Ensuring the new loaders operate with the most up-to-date software, Remote Flash pushes software updates to the machine in the background and installation can be initiated by the customer in a safe manner, reducing impact on production schedules. The Cat App helps to manage fleet location, hours, and maintenance schedules and provides alerts for required maintenance.

The new 950 and 962 can be ordered direct from the Caterpillar factory with application-specific configurations to improve performance and machine durability in the toughest applications. Subject to regional availability, industrial and waste models feature additional guarding and reinforcement, while the forestry model increases lift and tilt capabilities of the loader.

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