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News » US » Komatsu America launches new wheeled loader » published 3 Jul 2018

Komatsu America launches new wheeled loader

Komatsu America has launched a new wheeled loader, which it says offers higher production and less fuel burn together with better comfort and serviceability than the previous model.

The new WA480-8 Wheel Loader has an engine that is compliant with EPA Tier 4 Final certification. New operator-friendly design features include the company’s optional advanced joystick steering system (AJSS), which eliminates the steering wheel, and with it, a major cause of operator fatigue. The new ‘generous curves’ bucket has been designed to fill and retain material better, making the machine nearly 8% more productive than the previous model.

“The WA480-8 is the perfect tool for quarry, infrastructure and non-residential construction applications,” said Craig McGinnis, product marketing manager, Komatsu America. “It’s the perfect three-pass loader for on-highway trucks and hoppers.

An integrated load meter system displays data directly to the machine’s main monitor and remotely via the company’s Komtrax telematics system. Load sub-total and cancel functions are available via buttons integrated into the machine work levers. An optional printer allows operators to print bucket and truck weights based on load meter data.

There is an air-suspension, high-back, heated seat that has been designed to soften machine vibrations for operator comfort.

Other features include a new auto dig system, which controls bucket tilt and lifting by sensing pressure applied to the work equipment. The system can reduce operator fatigue and optimize bucket load, says Komatsu.


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This article was published on 3 Jul 2018 (last updated on 3 Jul 2018).

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