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Caterpillar brings large mining loader to market

By |  March 25, 2021
Offering both standard- and high-lift configurations, Cat says the 992 delivers the lowest cost per ton when paired with fleets of Cat 775, 777 and 785 trucks. Photo: Cat

Offering both standard- and high-lift configurations, Cat says the 992 delivers the lowest cost per ton when paired with fleets of Cat 775, 777 and 785 trucks. Photo: Cat

Caterpillar debuted the new 992 wheel loader, touting productivity and efficiency gains over its predecessor model (992K).

According to Cat, the 992 offers up to 32 percent greater productivity, reduces maintenance costs by as much as 10 percent and delivers up to 48 percent greater payload-per-fuel efficiency than the 992K.

The new Cat C32B engine powers the loader. Powertrain design enhancements to the transmission, axles and final drive, along with the new engine, deliver a 20 percent longer interval for planned component replacement, Cat says.

Offering both standard- and high-lift configurations, Cat says the 992 delivers the lowest cost per ton when paired with fleets of Cat 775, 777 and 785 trucks. Standard-lift payload capacities reach 25.5 tons for quarry face applications and 30 tons for loose material handling, while high-lift capacities reach 22.5 tons and 27 tons in respective applications.

Features

According to Cat, a new Z-bar linkage optimized for performance and improvements to rim pull and breakout force deliver greater machine capacity and efficiency. The loader also features an on-demand throttle mode to optimize payload-per-fuel efficiency without slowing production.

New standard automatic retarding controls disable the impeller clutch, enable the lockup clutch, and use the implement and fan pumps retarding to slow the machine on grade. The available advanced automatic retarding controls with engine brake feature offers full control of the loader’s speed on grade to maintain a desired hold speed.

Also, the newly redesigned loader cab increases visibility, offers intuitive control and incorporates next-generation technology to boost efficiency by providing easily accessible information, according to Cat. Its taller windshield increases the glass surface area by 25 percent, resulting in 10 percent greater visibility, the company says.

Additionally, Cat says operators will appreciate the cab’s 50 percent increase in legroom and more width by the knees.

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

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