The 962L ... improved and efficient.

Caterpillar’s new Cat L Series medium wheel loaders 950L and 962L are more powerful and fuel-efficient than predecessor models, featuring significant drive-train and hydraulic-system refinement, operator safety and other enhancements.

Heavy-duty components, such as the Caterpillar-designed Acert engines, transmissions and axles, reduce the risk of premature wear resulting in increased uptime and reduce operating costs over the lifetime of the machine.

“The 950L and 962L use a productive and fuel-efficient Cat C7.1 Acert engine with a maximum gross power rating of 195 (265 horsepower) and approximate operating weights from 18,000 to 19,000 kg. These power-dense engines use a combination of proven electronic, fuel-injection and air-systems,” says a Cat spokesman.

The refined engines offer increased engine power by 22 per cent in the 950L and eight per cent in the 962L (compared to H series), offering enhanced performance and response. The 950L and 962L use a 5F/3R countershaft power-shift transmission. A high-capacity torque converter uses a lock-up clutch for efficient grade and high-speed performance, and the Advanced Productivity Electronically Controlled (APEC) control system maintains torque flow during range shifts for faster acceleration on ramps and smoother shifts in the transmission’s direct-direct mode. 

To expand the versatility of L Series models with work tools such as forks, grapple buckets, dozer blades, rakes, and plows, the available Cat Fusion coupler system allows fast tool changes and provides performance virtually identical to pin-on tools. 

Both models feature up to 10 per cent less fuel consumption compared to the H Series. The Acert engines burn less fuel by providing power and torque when needed. Furthermore, the productive Economy Mode provides maximum fuel savings with minimal productivity impact.

Axles for the L Series models feature modifications that reduce parasitic loads and enhance positive lubrication.

The front and rear frames of the new L Series models are fabricated of high-strength materials for long-term durability, and designed to dissipate forces associated with aggressive loading and digging. Field-proven Z-bar front linkage produces optimum bucket and lift forces.

A new, streamlined control panel includes easy-to-reach highly utilised machine controls to increase operator efficiency.

Cat Link technologies, such as the Product Link system, help fleet owners manage equipment utilisation and lower costs through the online VisionLink interface, which tracks critical items, such as location, hours, fuel usage, and idle time. Site managers can wirelessly access data via the VisionLink web portal to measure production and monitor efficiency. Cat Detect technology, such as the integrated rear vision camera, enhances visibility behind machine to help operators work safely.