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Caterpillar’s new 953K track loader builds on predecessor

First publishedin Aggregates Business Europe
March April 2017
Caterpillar 953K track loader
The new Cat 953K track loader builds on the solid design of its predecessor model with engineering refinements that are said to increase fuel efficiency, provide greater control of implement and steering response, deliver smoother shifts from the 953K’s power-shift transmission, and enhance the operator’s safety and comfort. The 953K is powered by a 132 kW Cat C7.1 ACERT engine that meets EU Stage IV emission standards. An Eco Mode automatically reduces engine speed, but maintains selected ground speed when the machine is under light load.

The more efficient engine and the Eco Mode combine to deliver a claimed up to 22% better fuel economy (material moved per unit of fuel) compared with the 953D.  Also, efficient use of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) – typically 2.5 to 3% of fuel consumption - provides excellent overall fluid efficiency.

An optional high capacity Performance Series bucket is said by Cat to move up to 10% more material/hour. For added versatility, an optional Fusion Quick Coupler (available mid-2017) can allow easy use of work tools such as buckets and forks from wheeled loaders and other Fusion compatible machines. Purpose-built Waste and Ship Hold arrangements equip the machine for optimal performance in special applications.

The Caterpillar telematics system, Product Link, is deeply integrated into the 953K, and provides timely access to information like machine location, hours, fuel usage, idle time and event codes via the online VisionLink user interface.

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