Komatsu WA900-8 | New Redesigned Wheel Loader Named a Top Product
Learn how the right combination can improve your bottom line
The right loader-truck combination can significantly improve productivity, efficiency and profits.
Bucket design plays a big role. You want one that maximizes fill and reduces spillage. Komatsu redesigned the WA900-8 bucket for that purpose.
You told us that comfortable operators are more productive, so we enhanced the cab with an air suspension seat and an electronically controlled suspension to deliver a smoother ride. The large pillarless cab also offers your operators better visibility when digging into piles and loading trucks.
Listening to your input about these features and more are why industry news leaders Equipment Today and ForConstructionPros named the WA900-8 to their lists of top products of the past year.
Read below to discover how this purpose-built quarry and mining loader pairs with your 70- to 150-ton trucks.
Can a productive large wheel loader also be highly efficient?
Can a productive large wheel loader also be highly efficient? The answer is, “Yes”, according to Komatsu Product Marketing Manager Robert Hussey, who points to the Tier 4 Final WA900-8 as a perfect example.
“We added several new elements that contribute to improved productivity while lowering fuel consumption by up to 10%,” said Hussey. “Among them is the introduction of a modulated clutch system, which allows for smooth approaches when loading trucks in V-cycle applications. Also, a throttle lock allows the operator to set engine speed, and auto-deceleration helps save fuel.”
Additional productivity and efficiency features include:
- The introduction of Komatsu SmartLoader Logic, an engine-control system that optimizes engine output for all applications to minimize fuel consumption. It works automatically and does not interfere with production.
- A closed-center load sensing hydraulic system that delivers the right hydraulic flow required for the job. This allows for fast work equipment speeds, keeps hydraulic oil cool and reduces fuel consumption.
- An automatic digging system that actuates the bucket tilt and lifting operations by sensing the pressure applied to the work equipment, thereby optimizing bucket load.
“The automatic-dig, semi-automatic approach and automatic-dump systems allow operators to focus on the travel path of the machine, rather than its operation,” said Hussey. “They can fill the bucket without touching the equipment levers, which reduces fatigue. Operators will also like the redesigned cab with improved visibility and rearview camera.”
Hussey noted that optional add-ons include KomVision with radar, a six-camera system that provides a bird’s-eye view of the machine and its surroundings on a dedicated, in-cab monitor for greater situational awareness. The radar alerts operators when objects enter the machine’s working area.
“This quarry loader is purpose-built to match with 70- to 100-ton trucks,” Hussey said. “We also offer a high-lift configuration to pair with 150-ton trucks. Our customers said they were looking for a loader with these features and benefits, and we designed the WA900-8 to meet those needs.”