Caterpillar said the 950 GC wheel loader is now available in North America and Europe.
The 950 GC has been available in less regulated countries and is now configured to meet Tier 4 final/EU Stage 5 emissions regulations for use in those regions.
Building on Caterpillar’s renowned mid-sized loader legacy, the 950 GC is different by design and delivers high value in a wide variety of applications, the company said. The loader is well-suited for stockpiling, load-and-carry work, hopper charging and truck loading. On construction projects, the 950 GC excels in site preparation, backfilling, general cleanup, medium duty pipe handling and material handling with pallet forks or a material handling arm, the company said. The 950 GC is also an exceptional choice for governmental applications, offering agencies a well-designed, durable machine, according to Cat.
The machine is powered by a Cat C7.1 ACERT engine that generates a maximum power rating of 241 hp and incorporates a fully automatic and passive regeneration system. This system is designed to lower operating costs without the need for an ash service interval and has an overall diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) consumption of just 2 to 3% of fuel burned. No operator intervention is required, nor is there an impact to job site productivity.
Caterpillar’s proven Z-bar loader linkage on the 950 GC delivers excellent digging capabilities and strong breakout force through the use of Cat Performance Series buckets and load sensing hydraulics, which provide on-demand hydraulic flow and pressure for the implement system only in the amount necessary to perform the task at hand. The 950 GC also offers best-in-class hinge pin height of 13’9” (4 188 mm) and 12’0” (3 649 mm) loader arm clearance for easy loading of high-wall trailers and charging of large hoppers, the company said.
A range of available work tools include Performance Series buckets, which boast a long floor, wide opening and curved side plates. The design enables operators of all experience levels to routinely attain 10 percent higher bucket fill factors as compared to legacy designs, ultimately improving cycle times and reducing fuel consumption. The Cat Fusion™ quick coupler and controls are also available, allowing the 950 GC to use a number of Cat work tools across multiple wheel loader models for added versatility. The quick-coupler control arrangement includes a dual tilt kick-out system for bucket return-to-dig and fork operations, selectable from the cab.