Easy to operate and maintain, the new 988 GC is optimized as a 50-ton truck match loader. Its 12.8-foot dump clearance delivers efficient loading up to the Cat 775G truck. With bucket payload matched to the 988K, the new 988 GC offers up to 740 tons/hour productivity in shot rock truck loading applications and up to 581 tons/hour for load-and-carry operations.
The highly durable structures of the new loader are built for multiple life cycles and to withstand the toughest loading conditions. Built on the common Cat Large Wheel Loader platform, its full box section rear frame resists torsional shock and twisting forces. Its front frame is redesigned to withstand larger loads and features a new lift arm design.
The Cat torque converter with standard lock-up clutch eliminates losses, lowers system heat, improves travel times and reduces cycle times in load-and-carry operations. Improving service life and serviceability, Cat oil disc brakes provide superior heat dissipation and performance.
Designed specifically for quarry and mining applications, the Cat Advanced Power Electronic Control Strategy (APECS) transmission offers best-in-class performance with consistent, smooth shifting, productivity and efficiency improvements, and long life. Forward momentum and torque are maintained when shifting for greater momentum on grades. The transmission neutralizer pedal extends service brake life and allows full power during stationary loading.
Load sensing hydraulics direct hydraulic flow to implement and steering systems only when needed to optimize performance and efficiency of the new 988 GC. Beneficial for load-and-carry applications, the optional ride control adds an auxiliary accumulator to the lift circuit for a smoother ride.
Simple integrated technologies help to increase the 988 GC’s productivity and efficiency. Helping to monitor, manage and enhance jobsite operations, Product Link offers wireless access to essential operating data for valuable insight into how the machine is operating. Standard rear Cat vision enhances visibility behind the 988 GC, allowing the operator to work safely and confidently. To help keep people and assets safe, the 988 GC can be equipped with Cat Detect technology that enhances awareness of the environment around working equipment.
The Z-bar front lift arm design provides excellent visibility to the bucket edges and work area to simplify operation. Bucket payload is aligned with the 988K models with a range of Cat performance series buckets available with capacities from 8.3 to 10 cubic yards.
Displaying data in real time to improve productivity and reduce overloading, optional Cat Payload provides on-the-go weighing for materials hauled and loaded. An optional Advanced Productivity subscription provides comprehensive actionable information to help manage and improve operational productivity and profitability.
Its on-board diagnostics alerts the operator of machine issues so that problems can be resolved before failure. Information captured by Product Link can be remotely monitored via my.cat.com, the Cat app or VisionLink to help further advance preventative maintenance and servicing efficiency.
More information about the new Cat 988 GC Wheel Loader can be found by contacting a Cat dealer or visiting cat.com.