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Cat Track Loader Offers 22 Percent Improvement in Fuel Economy


Greater productivity, improved implement and steering response, and up to 22 percent better fuel economy are at the top of a long list of improvements on the new Cat 953K Track Loader. The versatile new crawler loader moves up to 22 percent more material per unit of fuel and also offers updated cab and safety features. 

The 953K is powered by a 132 kW Cat C7.1 ACERT engine that meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emission standards. An Eco Mode automatically reduces engine speed, but maintains selected ground speed when the machine is under light load. The more efficient engine and the Eco Mode combine to deliver up to 22 percent better fuel economy (material moved per unit of fuel) compared with the 953D.  Also, efficient use of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) – typically 2.5 to 3 percent of fuel consumption – provides excellent overall fluid efficiency.

An optional high capacity Performance Series bucket moves up to 10 percent more material per hour.  For added versatility, an optional Fusion Quick Coupler (available mid-2017) allows easy use of work tools such as buckets and forks from wheel loaders and other Fusion compatible machines. Purpose-built Waste and Ship Hold arrangements equip the machine for optimal performance in special applications. 

A new power train management system ensures smoother steering performance, and more efficient ground power delivery for faster acceleration and shorter cycle times. Load-sensing hydraulics and position-sensing cylinders add to the machine’s precision and response.

Selectable electro-hydraulic mapping allows adjusting implement response to fine, normal, or coarse settings to match operator preferences and to tailor the machine to individual applications. In addition, the wide selection of transmission gear ranges, six forward and six reverse, allow further adjustment of the machine to the application.

Caterpillar, www.cat.com