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Cat releases 988 GC wheel loader

Caterpillar’s new Cat 988 GC wheel loader sees a five per cent reduction in fuel consumption compared to the previous model

Caterpillar says its new Cat 988 GC wheel loader, available in Australia, has been designed to allow its customers to move more material at a lower cost per hour with a five per cent drop in fuel consumption and up to 15 per cent lower maintenance costs compared to the Cat 988K.

Designed for moderate production applications up to 2,000 hours per year, the new 50.8 tonne operating weight 988 GC is optimised as a 45-tonne truck match loader.

Its 3,909mm 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 670 tonnes/hour productivity in shot rock truck loading applications and up to 527 tonnes/hour for load-and-carry operations.


The front frame has redesigned to withstand larger loads and the loader features a new lift arm design.

Powered by a 449 horsepower (335kW) Cat C15 engine, the 988 GC has 338.6kN of breakout force.

The cooling package achieves higher heat rejection with an on-demand fan strategy and two available fan speed settings for standard and high-ambient-temperature configurations.

Designed specifically for quarry and mining applications, the Cat Advanced Power Electronic Control Strategy (APECS) transmission offers smooth shifting, productivity and efficiency improvements, and long life, Caterpillar says. Forward momentum and torque are maintained when shifting for greater momentum on grades.

Load sensing hydraulics direct hydraulic flow to implement and steering systems only when needed to optimise 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.


Steering and Integrated Control (STIC) steering achieves up to 47 per cent quieter operation, Caterpillar says, while the Cat Comfort Series III seat with seat-mounted implement pod that moves with the seat enhances comfort and reduces operator fatigue.

Machine vibration feedback to the operator is reduced using cab isolation mounts and seat air suspension, and an optional air cooled and heated seat is available.

Helping to monitor, manage and enhance jobsite operations, Product Link offers wireless access to operating data for insight into how the machine is operating. Standard rear Cat vision enhances visibility behind the 988 GC and it can be equipped with Cat Detect technology for collision avoidance.

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.

Reduced maintenance

Caterpillar says the new loader’s design includes features to increase machine uptime and reduce maintenance costs by up to 15 per cent compared to the 988K. Advanced filtration extends performance and reliability of the hydraulic system. Ground level or platform access to grouped service points delivers convenient servicing and access doors are located on both sides of the engine compartment. Ground level grease points and level sight gauges simplify daily greasing and oil level checks.

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, the Cat app or VisionLink.


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