Caterpillar: 988K

By |  July 16, 2013

The seventh-generation 988K wheel loader features redesigned loader linkage, worldwide engine configurations, drivetrain modifications, a redesigned cab and enhancements in safety and serviceability, according to Caterpillar. The Cat C18 ACERT engine powers the 988K. The loader is available as a Tier 4 Final version or as a Tier 2 version. Cat says 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, engine-idle shutdown system and engine-idle auto-resume system. An optimized Z-bar loader linkage replaces the 988H mono-boom design and expands the 988K’s versatility in small quarries and underground applications, the company says. The new design, using solid steel lift arms in either a standard or high-lift configuration, reduces machine height at maximum lift yet increases dump clearance.

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