Cat introduces K Series Small Wheel Loaders

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Recently, I blogged about how the new Tier 4 Interim emission standards have led to a lot of new high-horsepower tractors being introduced. Well, the new product introductions don’t stop there.

Caterpillar has introduced its new K Series Small Wheel Loaders with new engines that meet the Tier 4 Interim requirements, and boast a 15–20 percent fuel burn reduction.

The loaders are completely redesigned, and also feature an efficient, electronically-controlled hydrostatic drive system, new optimized Z-bar loader linkage, refined operator’s station, and a choice of couplers and buckets for best matching the machine to the application.

According to Caterpillar, emissions control technology includes a diesel particulate filter that automatically regenerates (burns away collected particulates) without interrupting normal operation. The rated engine speed setting of 1,800 rpm, compared with 2,415 rpm for the H Series, contributes significantly to reduced fuel consumption, lower sound levels, and reduced wear. An engine-idle shutdown system further reduces fuel consumption.

There’s a video walk-around of the new loaders available here.

So, do you have wheel loaders in your operation? Are you considering one?