The New Cat® 988 GC Wheel Loader Meets Production Targets at a Low Cost Per Hour


The new Cat® 988 GC Wheel Loader delivers reliable and efficient operation, allowing customers to move more material at a lower cost per hour for a faster return on investment. The new loader offers up to 5% less fuel consumption and up to 15% lower maintenance costs than the Cat 988K.

Designed to maximize life-cycle value in moderate production applications up to 2,000 h/y, the 988 GC is capable of delivering production within 6% of the 988K in truck loading applications.

Easy to operate and maintain, the new 988 GC is optimized as a 45-t truck match loader. Its 3.9 m dump clearance delivers efficient loading up to the Cat 775G truck. With bucket payload matched to the 988K, the new 988 GC offers up to 670 t/h productivity in shot rock truck loading applications and up to 527 t/h for load-and-carry operations.

The highly durable structures of the new loader are built for multiple life cycles and to withstand the toughest loading conditions. Built on the common Cat Large Wheel Loader platform, its full box section rear frame resists torsional shock and twisting forces. Its front frame is redesigned to withstand larger loads and features a new lift arm design.

The 988 GC is equipped with the field proven Cat C15 engine, available in multiple configurations to satisfy emissions standards including EPA Tier 4 final. Its cooling package offers higher heat rejection with an on-demand fan strategy and 2 available fan speed settings for standard and high-ambient-temperature configurations.

The torque converter comes with a standard lock-up clutch eliminates losses, lowers system heat, improves travel times and reduces cycle times in load-and-carry operations. Oil disc brakes provide superior heat dissipation and performance.

Designed specifically for quarry and mining applications, the Cat Advanced Power Electronic Control Strategy (APECS) transmission offers best-in-class performance with consistent, smooth shifting, productivity and efficiency improvements, and long life. Forward momentum and torque are maintained when shifting for greater momentum on grades. The transmission neutralizer pedal extends service brake life and allows full power during stationary loading.

Load sensing hydraulics direct hydraulic flow to implement and steering systems only when needed to optimize performance and efficiency. The optional ride control adds an auxiliary accumulator to the lift circuit for a smoother ride.

The Z-bar front lift arm design provides excellent visibility to the bucket edges and work area to simplify operation. Bucket payload is aligned with the 988K models with a range of Cat performance series buckets available with capacities from 6.3 to 7.6 m3.

Source: Caterpillar

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