PRESS RELEASE: The new large wheel loader joins the 988K and the recently launched 986K wheel loaders to provide customers with a cost-effective option for any application. The 988K XE is recommended for demanding job sites where fuel efficiency makes a difference in the machine’s total cost of operation.
The new loader features switched reluctance (SR) technology and leverages more than 15 years of Cat electric drive experience and more than four years of stringent testing in a range of applications for proven reliability in the field. The C18 ACERT engine, mechanical dropbox, driveline and axles from the 988K remain in the electric drive machine for consistent operation.
Offering increased truck loading and load-and-carry efficiency, the new 988K XE increases efficiency by 25% overall and by up to 49% in face-loading applications, as compared to the 988K. This reduces costs and helps operations reduce greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint. At the same time, Caterpillar production studies report the new loader delivers up to 10% higher productivity in load-and-carry applications.
The new Cat 988K XE loader offers a range of bucket capacities from 6.2-17yd3 (4.7-13m3). Rated standard and high lift payload for the loader reaches 12.5 US tons (11.3t) when working with face material and 16 US tons (14.5t) with loose material. Advansys Series Ground Engaging Tools (GET) protect bucket components and reduce operating costs.
The standard 988K XE wheel loader is performance matched to offer efficient 3-pass loading of the 42.6 US ton (38.6t) Cat 770G and 4-pass loading of the 51 US ton (46.3t) Cat 772. Its high-lift configuration delivers 5-pass loading of the 61 US ton (55.3t) Cat 773G and 6-pass loading of the 70.5 US ton (64t) Cat 775G.
According to Caterpillar, its electric drive technology found in the new 988K XE lowers overall maintenance costs, while increasing engine life expectancy. Offering extended oil change intervals of 2,000 hours, the electric drive wheel loader uses 40% less powertrain oil.
The durable SR drive motor, generator and inverter are built to last through the second engine life with minimum maintenance. Additionally, the efficient electric drive design increases engine life by up to 3,500 hours, extending time between powertrain rebuilds.
The new Cat 988K XE loader is equipped with a host of technology solutions to increase operating efficiency and machine uptime, the company said. Cat Production Measurement (CPM) brings payload weighing to the cab, so operators can work more productively and deliver accurate loads with confidence. CPM offers advanced weighing modes, which assist with payload accuracy and increase loading cycle speed.