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Cat: 988K XE updates deliver more speed, productivity

By |  December 29, 2021
The switch reluctance electric drive technology on the 988K XE increases overall efficiency by 25 percent and face-loading application efficiency by up to 49 percent compared to the 988K, Caterpillar says. Photo: Cat

The switch reluctance electric drive technology on the 988K XE increases overall efficiency by 25 percent and face-loading application efficiency by up to 49 percent compared to the 988K, Caterpillar says. Photo: Cat

Caterpillar made a number of updates to the 988K XE wheel loader, aiming for a faster downhill speed, improved rimpull and increased hydraulic breakout force for better production.

According to Cat, the 988K XE’s updated design improves cycle times in load-and-carry applications. An optional counterweight increases stability and offers faster maneuverability with load-and-carry tasks.

Additionally, Cat says the new Go-Pedal for the 988K XE features three dynamic breaking levels to give operators easier single right-hand pedal operation. Also, standard tire-slip prevention reduces tire slip and wear to increase tire life and lower owning costs.

New and optional Cat Autodig features simplify the digging phase to increase dig cycle optimization by up to 10 percent, Cat adds. And Cat operator coaching helps increase machine efficiency, delivering up to 15 percent faster cycle times and 10 percent better bucket fill factors, the company says.

Kevin Yanik

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Kevin Yanik is editor-in-chief of Pit & Quarry. He can be reached at 216-706-3724 or kyanik@northcoastmedia.net.

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