Caterpillar's new 962 Next Generation Wheel Loader.   -  Photo: Caterpillar

Caterpillar's new 962 Next Generation Wheel Loader. 

Photo: Caterpillar

The new Caterpillar 950 and 962 Next Generation Wheel Loaders feature simple-to-use technologies that boost operator efficiencies, provide consistent bucket fill factors, and increase productivity by up to 10% over the previous models. The loaders offer application-specific designs to excel in the toughest applications, while service intervals are extended to lower maintenance costs by up to 30%.

Equipped with the automatic Cat regeneration system, the CAT C7.1 engine meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final, EU Stage V, Korea Tier 5 and Japan 2014 emission standards without interrupting operation. Electric fuel priming pump, fuel-water separator, and secondary fuel filter combine with component design and machine validation to offer reliability and uptime.

Simple-to-use Technologies

A range of standard technologies on the 950 and 962 wheel loaders monitor, manage and enhance jobsite operations. Providing accurate weighing* of material, Cat Payload with Assist displays data in real time to improve productivity and loading efficiency. The operator can now fully automate bucket loading using new Autodig to improve fill factors and loading times. Working in combination with Autodig, new Auto Set Tires promotes proper loading technique to significantly reduce tire slip and wear.

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New application profiles give operators the ability to set customized profiles for customer-specific applications at the touch of a button to optimize loader settings for the job. Facilitating loader operation, selectable job aids allow operators of all experience levels to be more productive. Wirelessly connecting the machine to the office, Product Link gives access to production and essential machine health information.

Available Cat Advanced Payload with Assist includes Tip Off Assist to automate load adjustment of the final bucket to match target. The optional Cat Productivity subscription provides detailed and comprehensive actionable information to improve profitability of operations.

Greater Efficiency & Production

Consistently high bucket fill factors provided by new Autodig with Auto Set Tires delivers up to 10% more productivity for the 950 and 962 compared to the previous models. Single clutch and lock-to-lock shifting of the 5-speed transmission offers faster acceleration and speed on grades. The new loaders offer improved traction with standard front manual differential locks, with optional automatic front and rear differential locks available.

Depending on region, the 950 and 962 are equipped with either conventional or optimized Z bar linkage. The conventional Z bar design delivers high breakout force at ground level. Optimized Z bar linkage offers parallel lift capability for precise work tool control as well as providing high breakout force at ground level.

Cat Performance Series Buckets balance bucket shape against the loader’s linkage, resulting in higher fill factors and better material retention. The Cat Fusion Quick Coupler offers easy tool changes without the operator leaving the cab.

Elevated Comfort & Safety

Sound suppression, seals and viscous cab mounting decrease noise levels and vibration feedback to the operator for a quieter and more comfortable work environment. The standard HMU steering wheel offers precise machine control. A seat-mounted electrohydraulic joystick steering option replaces the HMU steering wheel to deliver low-arm-fatigue operation. New in-cab dashboard and high-resolution touch displays afford intuitive, user-friendly operation.

The new 950 and 962 come standard with a rear-vision camera to enhance visibility behind the loader and work safely. Industry-leading all-around visibility is achieved through the cab’s floor-to-ceiling windshield, large mirrors with integrated spot mirrors and rear-vision camera. Optional multiview (360-degree) vision system, Cat Detect radar technology, and access light and an under-hood service lighting system are available to further enhance safe operation and maintenance.

Lower Maintenance Time & Costs

Ongoing filter and fluid costs are up to 30% lower on the new models thanks to new change intervals. Connecting the machine to a Cat dealer’s service department, Remote Troubleshoot helps to efficiently diagnose problems, so the loader can get back to work quickly.

Remote Flash pushes software updates to the machine in the background and installation can be initiated by the customer in a safe manner, reducing impact on production schedules. The Cat App helps to manage fleet location, hours, and maintenance schedules and provides alerts for required maintenance.

The new 950 and 962 can be ordered direct from the Caterpillar factory with application-specific configurations to optimize performance and machine durability in the toughest applications. Subject to regional availability, industrial and waste models feature additional guarding and reinforcement, while the forestry model increases lift and tilt capabilities of the loader.