25 Days of RollOuts: Caterpillar’s 988K wheel loader

Therese Dunphy

December 5, 2013

Cat 988K Wheel Loader with bucket full of rock

Caterpillar introduced its seventh-generation 988 wheel loader, the 988K, for the 50th anniversary of the 988.

The 988K features redesigned loader linkage, drive train modifications, redesigned cab and enhancements in safety and serviceability.

A Cat C18 ACERT engine powers the loader, which is available as a Tier 4 Final/Stage IV version (using selective catalytic reduction to control nitrogen-oxide emissions).

AggMan_25TopRollOutsElectronic fuel control ensures optimum performance and throttle response, delivering up to 20-percent more fuel efficiency compared with the 988H.

The patented Optimized Z-bar loader linkage replaces the 988H mono-boom design and expands the unit’s versatility in small quarries and underground applications.

The Cat impeller clutch torque converter uses a lock-up clutch, providing direct drive to boost fuel economy, trim cycle times, and reduce heat, especially in load-and-carry applications.

The loader’s all-new operator station features the Cat Next Generation Vital Information Management System (VIMS), which provides expanded capabilities, including real-time fuel consumption and fuel efficiency data, through an interactive touch screen.

Caterpillar | cat.com

Here’s a quick look at improvements made to the 988K:

  • Redesigned loader linkage

  • Drive train modifications

  • Redesigned cab

  • Enhanced safety and serviceability

  • Tier 4 Final/Stage IV available

  • 20-percent improved fuel efficiency over the 988H

  • Optimized Z-bar loader linkage replaces 988H mono-boom

  • Expanded versatility

  • All-new operator station with Cat Next Generation VIMS

Editor’s note: We’re sharing all 2013 Top RollOuts throughout the month of December, with a different product posted each day. Click here to see them all.

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