CASE Construction Equipment introduced its new G Series wheel loaders at a special media event attended by Rock Products in Tomahawk, Wis. The G Series includes seven new models, including the 1021G and 1121G, which are suited for quarry operations.
“This introduction is a perfect example of practical innovation,” said Andrew Dargatz, brand marketing manager for wheel loaders. “These machines can lower the total cost of ownership for users.”
Dargatz said the new machines meet five key variables for effective machines, specified as productivity, efficiency, reliability, quality of operation and maintenance.
The new introduction brings the entire product line to Tier 4 Final compliance featuring Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) engine technology that increases fuel efficiency, keeps exhaust temperatures down and eliminates regeneration or lifetime diesel particulate filter (DPF) costs/maintenance.
Each CASE G Series wheel loader is powered by FPT engines that feature SCR technology to meet Tier 4 Final standards. SCR allows the engine to breathe cooler and cleaner, ensuring optimal productivity and helping to minimize wear associated with excessive heat and the possibility of thermal events. As an aftertreatment system, there is no recirculation of gasses, no excessive exhaust temperatures related to burning off captured particulate matter and no downtime for regeneration. With the exception of adding diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), there are no new or intensive maintenance activities required of the system.
The 1021G and 1121G feature the CASE cooling cube, which provides direct access to fresh air for each cooler – nothing is stacked – and features a reversible fan and easy access for cleaning. G Series wheel loaders feature an electric rear hood lift that allows for easy access to the engine compartment for excellent ground-line serviceability – all major regular service points can be accessed from ground level.
CASE G Series wheel loaders feature a broad range of bucket and linkage options to optimize each machine to its application. Linkage options include Z-bar (best breakout force and general operation), XR (extended reach) and XT (tool carrier/parallel-lift configuration for best handling stacked/palletized materials). Each loader comes standard with a four-speed PowerShift transmission, and an optional five-speed transmission with lock-up torque converter is available on the 721G, 821G and 921G for roading speeds up to 25 mph/40 kph.
Each loader also provides a number of tire and axle options based on operating environment. The 921G through the 1121G feature a heavy-duty axle with open differential that is ideal for working on hard packed or improved surfaces, especially when using solid tires. All models are available with an optional heavy-duty axle with auto-locking front differential that is also ideal for use on hard surfaces and with solid tires and, depending on conditions, can transmit 100 percent of the front axle tractive effort to the gripping wheel.
The G Series wheel loaders feature the most intuitive, comfortable and easy to operate/manage environment of any CASE wheel loader ever produced. Inspired heavily by automotive design, the new cab features the latest in electro-hydraulic controls, ergonomic design and operator interfaces that make operation simpler and more efficient. This includes a solid-state controller that provides software control over electrical power distribution and basic vehicle functions – all while eliminating fuses and relays, and significantly lowering the amount of wiring throughout the machine. A membrane keypad replaces a series of rocker switches for common machine functions, and a new steering console mimics the driver controls – from lights and wipers to turn signals – found in most cars and trucks.
The brains of the machine all connect back to a new 8-in. LCD monitor that provides the operator with simple control and greater insight over many of the loader functions and activities. This includes changing displays for day and night operation, information on operating parameters such as fuel levels, temperatures and pressure readings, trip information, an optional integrated rearview camera, and fingertip selection of operating modes and features such as Auto Idle and Auto Shutdown.
The cab was also engineered to bring a new level of comfort and ergonomics to the operator. Greater visibility to all sides of the machine is achieved by a new, one-piece rounded windshield, a rear grid defroster and redesigned external mirrors more optimally placed to prevent operator fatigue. These loaders also feature an all-new HVAC system that achieves the fastest cab cool-down of any loader in the industry, and excellent heating/defrosting/defogging capabilities.
A new Bluetooth radio with full streaming, satellite radio (with optional equipment) and music device compatibility is also available to enhance the operator experience.
Every system in the new G Series wheel loaders is engineered together to help produce the greatest amount of production, at the highest rate of uptime, for the lowest total cost of operation, noted the company. CASE also backs that up with CASE ProCare, which allows G Series owners to fully plan for and understand total operating costs of the machine for the first three years of ownership.