Cat 986K Wheel Loader Delivers Efficiency for Low Cost-Per-Ton

Aggregate Handler configuration boasts a 14-ton payload allowing customers to maximize production in re-handling applications

The 986K Agg Handler is designed to efficiently move material.
The 986K Agg Handler is designed to efficiently move material.

The new Cat 986K wheel loader features a completely redesigned state-of-the-art cab equipped with STIC steer and Cat Production Measurement which brings payload weighing to the cab so operators can work more productively and deliver accurate loads with confidence. Combining reliable, efficient loading with multiple lives, the 986K loader helps to improve the company’s bottom line.

Weighing less and shorter than the Cat 988K loader, the new 986K loader serves as a true replacement to the legacy 988F model, offering a low cost per ton option that meets the operation’s production needs. Its new Aggregate Handler configuration includes an 11 yd3 (8,3 m3) bucket and additional counterweight to offer high volume loading of processed aggregates, so highway trucks can be loaded in fewer passes.

The loader features Cat STIC steer that combines directional selection, gear selection, and steering into one single joystick. For repetitive tasks such as loading trucks, the joystick control requires significantly less operator energy output compared to steering wheel control to reduce fatigue and increase productivity.

Caterpillar’s proven Z-bar loader linkage offers excellent visibility to the bucket edges and work area and delivers aggressive digging capabilities and high breakout forces.

Comfortable Operation

The loader’s completely redesigned cab improves operator comfort and productivity. Operators safely enter via left- or right-hand stairs built at a reduced 45-degree angle access and maintain three points of contact at all times. The STIC steer armrest easily folds up, allowing the operator to quickly enter the cab. Isolation cab mounts and an air-suspension seat reduce vibration transmitted to the operator for increased comfort, while the enclosed, pressurized and sound-suppressed structure reduces noise levels to the operator’s ear.

Ergonomic placement of switches and information display helps to advance comfortable, productive loader operation. The simple, intuitive control interface features touch-screen display to allow even less experienced operators to quickly learn machine operation. The large front and side windows plus standard rear vision camera offer excellent visibility of the working area to improve operating safety.

Integrated electronics on the new 986K loader provide flexible levels of information for both the operator and company. The loader comes ready with Cat Production Measurement (CPM), the most advanced payload weight measuring system on the market. Offering quick, on-the-go weighing of material in the bucket, CPM allows operators to manage target payload by minimizing under-loading and overloading, which reduce efficiency and increase fuel consumption.

 Cat Product Link™ takes the guesswork out of loader management and maximizes uptime by offering remote monitoring through VisionLink® to stay informed of machine systems. With its easy-to-navigate user interface, VisionLink tracks machine utilization, fuel usage and payload summaries.


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