Caterpillar’s new Cat 950GC wheel loader has been launched alongside the existing and well proven Cat 950H model to provide customers with a cost effective alternative within the 5t payload segment. The loader was introduced to customers and members of the media at Irene Farm recently.
The key difference between the two models is in their working applications: the Cat 950H is intended as a high production unit for heavy duty roles, whilst the Cat 950GC has been purpose-built for support tasks working mainly with loose materials.
Manufactured at Caterpillar’s Qingzhou facility in China, the assembly of the first Cat 950GC units commenced from the fourth quarter of 2013 for distribution to worldwide markets.
“Rather than offering the ‘all in one’ solution characteristic of the Cat 950H, Caterpillar has fielded the Cat 950GC as a niche wheel loader intended to pass on lower owning and operating savings. This is especially the case where the heavy duty roles for which the Cat 950H have been developed are not required. Either way, both models deliver best in class fuel efficiency and excel in their respective roles, with a comparable operating weight of around 18,6t,” explains Barloworld Equipment product and application specialist, Brandon Stonefield. (Barloworld Equipment is the Cat dealer for southern Africa.)
Powered by a Cat C7.1 engine that meets Tier 3 emission standards, the Cat 950GC is well-suited for a wide range of tasks. These include stockpiling, truck loading, material handling, hopper charging and load-and-carry work in quarries, sand and gravel pits, coal operations, storage yards, concrete and asphalt plants, and on construction projects for job site preparation, back-filling, pipe handling, plus general cleanup. The Cat 950GC is also an ideal application match for the agricultural sector.
In contrast, the Cat 950H is designed to perform tasks that include hard bank loading as the primary application; rock face loading; waste handling; forestry; demolition and recycling.
Like the Cat 950H, the Cat 950GC features Caterpillar’s proven Z-bar loader linkage, providing aggressive digging abilities and high breakout forces. The Cat 962H wheel loader model linkage geometry and design has been utilised as standard on the Cat 950GC to provide best in class bucket pin height and dump clearance.>
Load sensing hydraulics produce flow and pressure for the implement system upon demand and only in amounts necessary to perform the needed work functions. Operators will also notice an excellent power balance between rimpull and implements.
As an option, machine owners can fit the Cat Fusion quick coupler system, enabling the rapid interchange of a diverse range of Cat work tools.
On the go, the Cat 950GC’s electronically controlled automatic powershift countershaft transmission features shift protection and is equipped with a split flow oil system for added efficiency, durability and smoother gear changes. This contributes significantly to fast cycle times and extended component life.
In turn, the Cat 950GC’s Engine Idle Management System (EIMS) maximises fuel efficiency by reducing engine rpm after a specified amount of idle time, although in most instances the loader will be hard at work.
“In the end, choosing between the two models will be determined by the downstream application during the working life of the machine,” adds Stonefield.