Although it isn’t seeing any spec bumps or design changes, Caterpillar’s 918M is getting some capability boosts through the introduction of four more options that are now available on this popular compact wheel loader.
First up is the Fusion Coupler. This Cat-designed system uses a constant pressure wedging mechanism that creates a “tight, rattle-fee fit” by pulling the work tool tight to the coupler in two directions, in and down. With the addition of the Fusion Coupler, Cat now offers three couplers on the 918M.
New 20.5R25 tyres
Offering up to 20 percent more tyre life along with increases in
traction, stability and tipping capacity, Cat will also begin offering these new sets of 20.5R25 tyres as an available option:
- Goodyear E/L-2A Sure Grip Loader: A general application 12-ply-rated bias tyre with directional and self-cleaning tread.
- Michelin Xsnoplus: Designed for operation of snow and ice, this tyre incorporates a non-directional tread pattern with self-cleaning.
- Michelin XHA2: A radial wide-lug tyre with non-directional tread, heavy shoulders and protected sidewalls for heavy-duty applications.
When equipped with 20.5R25 tyres, the 918M’s width over tyres is about 2311mm (91-inches), Cat says. These tyres must be used with the Fusion Coupler or the High-Lift Loader Linkage to ensure work tools rest level on the ground. An oscillation limiter on the 918M eliminates tyre-to-fender interference.
Providing up to 10% more lift height and reach compared with the standard loader linkage, the high-lift loader linkage can handle applications in waste and recycling, agriculture and construction.
With this optional linkage, a Cat 918M on 20.5R25 tyres will have a bucket pin height of 4m (13.4ft).
Finally, Cat will begin offering guarding options to provide protection for vulnerable areas of the 918M. These options can be used with the currently available steel-front fender deflectors.