THE new Cat® 950M and 962M wheel loaders—using Cat C7.1 ACERT™ engines that meet Stage IV emission standards—feature more power than their K-Series predecessors and up to a 10-percent gain in fuel efficiency* resulting from the enhanced performance of the redesigned hydraulic system and the new engine, which works at a lower average speed and creates less heat. An improved interface between the operator and machine controls further boosts production potential, and the new Cat Payload Measurement system enables operators to confidently deliver exact loads, while allowing managers to monitor machine productivity.
The new models also feature major drive-train refinement, new cab amenities, optimized Z-bar linkage (combines aggressive bucket performance with parallel lift), and a range of Cat Performance Series buckets and work tools that expand overall machine versatility
Performance and Fuel Efficiency
A proven system of Caterpillar developed electronic, fuel, air, and aftertreatment technologies ensure that emissions control is transparent to the operator, does not interrupt machine operation, and promotes reliability, high productivity, and low operating costs.
With a Net Power of 232 metric hp (171 kW), the new 950M produces 9 percent more power than its K-Series counterpart, and the 962M, rated at a Net Power of 253 metric hp (186 kW), has 13 percent more power. Peak torque is up an average 18 percent for the new models, which means more useable power at the wheels. In addition, the new, productive Economy Mode automatically senses powertrain load and adjusts engine speed and torque for optimum performance and fuel efficiency.
The 950M and 962M use a new five-speed Cat power-shift transmission featuring a lock-up clutch torque converter with lock-to-lock shifting (lock-up remains engaged during gear shifts), as well as the Cat single clutch speed shift system (which keeps the forward/reverse clutch engaged during gear shifts). Auto-shift features control the automatic shifting of the transmission and engagement of the lock up clutch. These two features working together maintain more effective and efficient torque flow through the transmission during gear changes, especially valuable when traveling up ramps.
The 950M and 962M hydraulic systems have significant design changes and customer value improvements. The main hydraulic valve is now a mono-block with an integrated ride control section. The mono-block design reduces weight, has forty percent fewer leak points and is common across all M Series models. Auxiliary third and fourth hydraulic functions can be easily added at the factory or in the field with the addition of a second remote valve. The new ride control system now has two accumulators enabling it to be more effective over a greater payload range, increasing productivity and operator efficiency due to a better ride.
Operator Comfort and Efficiency
Improving operator efficiency remains a key design goal for the 950M and 962M. Ensuring operators are safe, confident in the control of their machines, have a clean, comfortable and quiet operating environment with controls that are intuitive and low effort all contribute to lower operator fatigue and better performance.
In the cab, the new electro-hydraulic joystick steering is also available on the 950M and 962M featuring speed sensing force feedback for unparalleled comfort and control. A new multipurpose color touch screen display dramatically simplifies the operator interface with machine controls, rear vision camera and the new fully integrated Cat Production Measurement system. Intuitive navigation with in-language text enables operators to modify certain machine operating parameters and monitor machine conditions at the touch of their fingers.
Sealed against moisture and dirt, the centralized switch panel with LED’s provides reliability and ready access to frequently required functions, even while wearing gloves. The ISO symbols located on each membrane switch are moulded all the way through to ensure the image will not wear off over time. The M Series maintains the “help” feature which explains the function of each membrane switch.
Advanced technology with Cat Connect
To assist customers in improving jobsite efficiency and managing the 950M and 962M for optimum return on investment, Cat Connect offers LINK, PAYLOAD and DETECT technologies. Product Link™ helps fleet owners track locations, hours, fuel consumption, idle time, events and diagnostic codes by wirelessly reporting all via the online VisionLink® user interface to help lower owning and operating costs. Cat Production Measurement delivers on-the-go payload weighing through the in-cab display so operators can work more efficiently and deliver exact loads with confidence.