Marubeni-Komatsu will present a new heavyweight performer at this year’s show
At Hillhead 2018, Marubeni-Komatsu will present the new Komatsu WA480‐8 wheel loader, a heavyweight performer with an EU Stage IV engine and, on average, up to 15% lower fuel consumption than the WA480‐6 LC model.
Built on the recognized benefits of its predecessor, the WA480‐8 offers a combination of stability, breakout power and tractive effort and is well suited to any moving, hauling or loading job, whilst available machine attachments extend the machine’s versatility to waste-handling or quarry applications.
The WA480‐8 has a new auto‐digging mode that, together with Komatsu’s redesigned digging bucket, which further improves penetration and is easier to fill, results in increased operator comfort and productivity, and reduced fuel consumption.
‘Thanks to Komatsu’s transmission technology and upgraded torque converter, the WA480‐8 can offer reduced operating costs,’ said Henrik Flohr, senior product manager at Komatsu Europe. ‘A lower engine speed matching improved tractive power and acceleration, and higher uphill speeds, combine to offer a boost to productivity and lower fuel usage.’
The Komatsu SAA6D125E‐7 engine on the WA480‐8 delivers 220kW (299hp). The machine’s Komatsu diesel particulate filter (KDPF) and other after‐treatment components work together with the engine for improved efficiency and longer life, while a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system further reduces NOx emissions using AdBlue.
The engine’s advanced electronic control system manages the air‐flow rate, fuel injection, combustion parameters and after-treatment functions. As a result, performance is optimized, emissions are reduced and advanced diagnostic capabilities are provided.
KOMTRAX telematics and Komatsu CARE, a Komatsu maintenance programme for customers, offer fleet management and support, protect the machine against misuse and guarantee maximum efficiency and uptime.
Moreover, Komatsu have developed an operator‐friendly, spacious cab with an internal noise level of only 71dB(A). The cab’s wide, pillar-free glass surfaces provide excellent all‐round visibility, and for easy and safe access and egress, the machine is equipped with a rear‐hinged door, angled steps and large handrails.
A 7in, full-colour, high‐resolution monitor provides key machine metrics, including KDPF status and AdBlue e‐level data, fuel consumption, and performance. Messages from the ECO guidance system are displayed in real time during operation and on the exit screen when the ignition is turned off.
A new air-suspension seat dampens vibrations and provides a more comfortable ride for the operator. Seat‐mounted electronic pilot control levers, with a Forward‐Neutral‐Reverse (F‐N‐R) switch, improve convenience and reduce operator fatigue.