Cat debuts pair of XE wheel loader models

By |  May 24, 2021
Caterpillar's 982 XE wheel loader. Photo: Cat

According to Caterpillar, the new 982 XE wheel loader delivers premium performance, increased productivity and lower maintenance costs. Photo: Cat

Caterpillar launched new 980 and 982 medium loaders that slot into the 10- to 12-ton wheel loader class.

According to Cat, the new 980 XE and 982 XE are up to 10 percent more productive and lower maintenance costs up to 20 percent compared to the previous 980M and 982M powershift models.

The new loaders include an expanded technology platform to increase machine performance and improve operating efficiency, Cat adds.

Standard Cat Payload with Assist on all 980 and 982 series loaders provides an accurate weighing of bucket payloads so operators can load to target the first time, every time. This new technology includes low-lift-weigh and manual tip-off functions. Optional Cat Advanced Payload expands the system’s functionality with Lists-Management, Multitask- & Manual-Add Modes and Tip-off assist.

Additionally, the new Cat Autodig with auto set tires promotes proper loading technique to significantly reduce tire slip and loading time. It can automate the complete bucket loading cycle to deliver consistently high bucket fill factors for up to 10 percent more productivity, Cat says.

For the first time in this size class, Caterpillar offers a continuous variable transmission option, expanding the Cat medium wheel loader offering. The 980 XE and 982 XE feature a high-efficiency continuously variable parallel path drive system. This combines a direct mechanical path from the engine to the wheels with a Hystat variator, according to Cat.

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