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Komatsu launches WA900-8 wheel loader

by Kyle Molyneux  |  Mon 09 Mar 2020

Komatsu launches WA900-8 wheel loader

Komatsu Europe International N.V. has launched the new WA900-8 wheel loader. Featuring a Modulation Clutch and Variable Traction Control, an Auto Kick Down and an RPM set, the WA900-8 also boasts a redesigned and extra-large 14.5m³ bucket as well as up to 17% higher fuel efficiency. With a 116 tonnes operating weight, the WA900-8 allows for 23,200kg rated load capacity in a standard boom configuration and for 20,500kg rated load capacity in high lift boom configuration. The Komatsu WA900-8 meets the latest EU Stage 5 emission regulations with Komatsu-designed, developed and manufactured engine and aftertreatment systems. Spec highlights include two Diesel Particulate Filters, two Variable Geometry Turbos, a Heavy Duty and cooled exhaust gas recirculation system, new engine control modules, a Closed Crankcase Ventilation system, and no AdBlue required.

As standard, Komatsu offers up to 14.5m³ buckets, that have a redesigned spill guard, increased radius and floor angle, and provide better penetration and higher fill factors to boost productivity and income. Their ultra-strong teeth and enlarged sweeper wings increase up time and reduce tire damage to also reduce maintenance costs. A standard Payload Meter (PLM) lets you easily monitor and track your work’s productivity and efficiency within 1.5% accuracy, to avoid overloading dump trucks. The Modulation Clutch system gives operators precise control of rim pull, for fast work equipment speeds, and a smooth approach for truck loading.

The Variable Traction Control system optimises rim pull on all ground conditions, minimises tire slippage and lowers maintenance costs. On-board Komatsu SmartLoader Logic, a fully automatic engine control, yields precisely enough torque for each work phase, based on the application. By automatically switching between Economy & Power modes it considerably reduces fuel usage, with no loss of productivity. The new generation WA900-8 wheel loader’s hydraulics are improved with a CLSS hydraulic system that delivers power on demand via the variable displacement piston pumps. It keeps the hydraulic oil cool and increases both your work speed and fuel economy. Fuel savings are further promoted through the Auto Idle Shutdown system and by ECO guidance tips on the in-cab monitor.

A new supersized ROPS/FOPS cabin provides a completely redesigned, spacious, sturdy and safe operating environment, with a wide view of the work area. At night, visibility and safe maintenance are improved by 22 LEDs, a new standard factory-fit package. For increased safety and operating confidence, KomVision, a visual aid designed by Komatsu to help avoid contacts or collisions due to blind spots, reduces risks of machine damage and injury. On the WA900-8, five network cameras create a bird’s-eye view of the immediate surroundings on a dedicated monitor. An extra rear-view camera sends a colour image with a distance indicator line on the cabin monitor. Catwalks and handrails on the counterweight provide an additional standard safe exit and easier maintenance.

Standard safety lockout switches at the rear of the machine can be quickly reached from ground level, in an emergency or a critical situation. Engine maintenance points are grouped, and various ladders, stairs and handrails provide safe access to all filters. The optional service centre enables the wireless download of KOMTRAX Plus data, along with faster and easier oil servicing and sampling. The radiators have a swing-out reversing hydraulic fan, for safe access and easy cleaning with compressed air or water. To reduce clogging, the modular core radiator features widely spaced cooling fins. Meanwhile, brake life has been increased with an improved fully sealed hydraulic brake system. The front frame and the loader linkage were also redesigned to be stronger and more durable.

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