Cat launches 950 GC loader
First publishedin Aggregates Business International
Caterpillar's new 950 GC wheeled loader
The new Cat 950 GC wheeled loader is said to combine low operating costs with the durability, reliability and economy of proven Cat components.
Weighing 18,630kg and with a standard bucket capacity of 3.1m³, the 950 GC is suited for stockpiling, truck loading, material handling, hopper charging and load-and-carry work in applications such as quarries, sand and gravel pits, coal operations, storage yards, concrete and asphalt plants, and on construction projects for job site preparation, back-filling, pipe handling, and general clean up.
It complements the current wheeled loader product line, which includes the proven 950H, which will remain.
With a net power rating of 168kW, the C7.1 engine meets Stage IIIA (Tier 3) emissions standards and features a new fuel-injection system specifically designed for fuel available in emerging markets. An electronically controlled, hydraulically driven, variable-speed cooling fan lowers fuel consumption and sound levels, and an optional fan drive bypass feature allows faster warm-up in cold weather. A high-ambient cooling package is available.
The 950 GC’s 4F/3R countershaft, power-shift transmission, designed and built by Caterpillar, features automatic-shift capability and the Cat Electronic Long Range Transmission control system, which allows full-power shifts and includes a speed protection feature. This modulated transmission ensures smooth shifts for operators and contributes significantly to fast cycles and extended component life.
“The 950 GC features Cat’s proven Z-bar loader linkage, providing aggressive digging capabilities, high breakout forces, and lift and reach capability to competently handle a wide range of loading applications. The B-pin height and dump clearance allow easy loading of on-highway trucks. Lift and bucket return-to-dig kick-outs can be adjusted to suit the application,” says Caterpillar.
“Complementing the linkage are Cat Performance Series buckets, featuring a long floor, curved side sheets, and a wide opening to allow even less-experienced operators to attain 105- to 115- per cent fill factors in minimum time, speeding cycles and saving fuel.”