Recently I was invited to attend an event in which Caterpillar unveiled its new 993K Wheel Loader. Though this size of equipment will primarily be used in the mining industry and is larger than the equipment used by the majority of this audience, I still wanted to make you aware of this unit and share some highlights and pictures of it with you. Highlights The 25-ton 993K is a completely new wheel loader model and offers a new size class to the Caterpillar line. The unit matches with the 777 and 785 off-road trucks from Cat, filling the 777 in four passes and the 785 in six passes. The unit replaces the 992K and 993K and is added to the large wheel loader line-up which includes the 994F, 990H and 992G. However, the 992G will go out of production in 2008 due to emission standards. Built on an all-new platform, the new loader features Z-bar linkage, hydraulics and power train that deliver 20 percent more breakout forces than the 992G. The increased performance and capacity result in a 15 to 20 percent improvement in productivity compared to the 992G. Click on the photos for larger versions The Caterpillar 993K (right) sits next to the 994F - the biggest wheel loader Caterpillar manufacturers. A vertical view of the 993K. A view from just outside the cab of the 993K to the ground. Cat customers attending a mining forum line up to take a picture in the bucket of the 993K and 994F wheel loaders.