CAT’S recently launched 950 GC is claimed to be a machine of exceptional value at an affordable price, combining low operating costs with the durability, reliability and economy of proven Cat components to deliver productive performance in various five-tonne wheel loader applications.
The new wheel loader boasts a list of impressive features: heavy-duty frames; Cat Z-bar linkage; performance series buckets; fuel-efficient Cat C7.1 engine; powerful load-sensing hydraulics; spacious, air-conditioned cab with intuitive controls; and efficient support from Caterpillar’s worldwide dealers.
Commenting on the new machine, a spokesman for Caterpillar says: “The 950 GC is well-suited for stockpiling, truck loading, material handling, hopper charging and load-and-carry work in applications such as quarries, sand and gravel pits, coal operations, storage yards, concrete and asphalt plants, and on construction projects for job-site preparation, backfilling, pipe handling, and general clean-up. The loader also is an exceptional choice for governmental bids, offering agencies a well-designed, durable machine that fits the budget.”
The 950 GC complements the current wheel loader product line, such as the proven 950H, which will continue to cover any type of application including quarries, sand-and-gravel pits, industrial/demolition, waste handling, forestry and shiphold.
With a net power rating of 225 hp, the C7.1 engine meets Stage IIIA (Tier 3) emissions standards and features a new fuel-injection system specifically designed for fuel available in emerging markets. An electronically-controlled, hydraulically-driven, variable-speed cooling fan lowers fuel consumption and sound levels. A high-ambient cooling package is available.
The 950 GC’s 4F/3R countershaft, power-shift transmission, designed and built by Caterpillar, features automatic-shift capability and the Cat Electronic Long Range Transmission control system, which allows full-power shifts and includes a speed protection feature. This modulated transmission ensures smooth shifts for operators and contributes significantly to fast cycles and extended component life.
Furthermore, Cat’s proven Z-bar loader linkage provides the machine with aggressive digging capabilities, high breakout forces, and lift-and-reach capability to competently handle a wide range of loading applications. The spokesman points out that the B-pin height and dump clearance are best in class for a five-tonne wheel loader, allowing easy loading of on-highway trucks.
Powering the loader linkage is the 950 GC’s load-sensing hydraulic system, providing fast, powerful response, allowing combined lift-and-tilt movements, while also conserving engine horsepower, saving fuel and reducing heat by creating only the hydraulic flow and pressure actually required to perform the task at hand. Operator comfort and convenience is a focal point of the 950 GC’s design. The cab is spacious, featuring a comfortable seat and pilot-operated implement controls.