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News » US » Komatsu launches new Dash-8 wheeled loader » published 1 Aug 2017

Komatsu launches new Dash-8 wheeled loader

Komatsu America has introduced a new wheeled loader for use in applications including hard digging.

The WA200-8 wheel loader is equipped with an EPA Tier 4 Final certified engine and has been designed to combine high production rates with low fuel consumption and improved operator comfort.

“The WA200-8 is a massive upgrade in operator comfort,” said Frank Nyquist, product manager, Komatsu America. “And the quick, change-on-the-fly coupler lets you move from moving bales to loading pallets to cleaning out feedlots or pushing into a pile with ease.”

The new engine burns up to 4% less fuel than its Tier 4 Interim predecessor. It incorporates a     Komatsu diesel oxidation catalyst, which uses 100% passive regeneration without a diesel particulate filter. The new selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system reduces NOx emissions and is designed to last the life of the engine.

The machine’s fourth-generation hydrostatic drivetrain is intended to provide excellent traction control to reduce wheel spin. It features an S-mode for use in snowy, icy or slippery conditions.

A knob on the console controls creep mode in first gear. This mode allows the operator to dial in travel speed from one to eight miles an hour. This feature is seen as ideal for running attachments, such as brooms.

There are also new in-cab enhancements and features such as a more comfortable, high-back, heated seat designed to soften machine vibrations for operator comfort.

Key machine metrics are provided through the Komtrax telematics system and monitor. Details include the fuel consumption as well as performance information, collected and sorted by operator ID. Among the other features are a 7” full-color, rearview monitor and an auto idle shutdown system to save fuel.


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This article was published on 1 Aug 2017 (last updated on 1 Aug 2017).

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