The 918M compact wheel loader has four new options.
 - Photo courtesy of Caterpillar

The 918M compact wheel loader has four new options.

Photo courtesy of Caterpillar

Caterpillar now offers the 918M compact wheel loader with four new options: high-lift loader linkage, Cat Fusion coupler, five-piece guarding package, and wider tires.

The new high-lift loader linkage option is designed specifically for applications in waste and recycling, agriculture, and construction that can benefit from increased lift height and increased reach of the loader linkage. The newly designed loader arm assembly can provide up to 10% more lift height and reach compared with the standard loader linkage equipped with a similar work tool interface.

Buyers now have the choice of three couplers. The Fusion coupler uses an advanced constant pressure wedging mechanism to create a tight, rattle-free fit with work tools. The patented locking system eliminates the play (relative motion between coupler and work tool) and thus eliminates the wear that can result from this movement.

Three new 20.5R25 tires offer a number of benefits, compared to the standard 17.5R25 tires, including up to 20% more tire life and increases in traction, stability, and tipping capacity — all resulting in reduced operating costs.

New guarding options, which can be used with currently available steel-front fender deflectors, provide protection for vulnerable areas. These include headlight guards, hitch guards, powertrain guard, drive shaft guard, and crankcase guard.