Caterpillar has added three new models to the M Series compact wheeled loader range: 910, 914, and 920, the latter replacing the 918M.
New options are available, and certain features available only as options on former models are now standard. All the new models are available in a high-lift configuration, and the 914 and 920 are available in an aggregate-handling configuration.
Among the design changes is a new engine for all three models; the Cat C3.6 replaces the C4.4, and with the new engine, all models get a horsepower boost.
The new engine, specifically designed for Cat products, has the same torque performance as the previous Cat 4.4, and also provides a modest increase in rated gross power, increasing from 74 to 82 kW (101 to 111 horsepower) for the 910 and 914, and from 86 to 90 kW (117 to 122 horsepower) for the 920.
Caterpillar estimates up to 5% gains in fuel efficiency with the new engine, and the C3.6 meets EU Stage V and U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emission standards. Fuel tank capacity also is increased by 11 liters (2.9 gallons) for the new loaders, allowing extended work cycles.
Also new for the 910 and 914 is an available rotary-sensor-kickout system with both fork and bucket settings. The new dual-setting feature is now included in the 920’s standard kickout system. Controlled by four buttons in the cab, the new system can be adjusted to accommodate the kickouts required by two different work tools. Once the position of the attachment is moved to the desired location, a two-second press of the appropriate button programs that function, which is recalled by using detents in the joystick.
All functions can be used together after setting the tool to the desired recall locations. Correct use of the kickouts has been shown to save up to 20% of the cutting edge life of a bucket.
Additional rear guarding is now available for the 914 and 920, and new auxiliary hydraulic lines are available when the three- or four-valve option is selected. Other new options include a reversing fan, LED working and under-hood lights, Fusion coupler for the 914, and USB ports in the cab.