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The latest wheel loaders available for the Canadian road building and aggregates industries.

July 26, 2016  By Rock to Road Staff

July 26, 2016 – For this edition of Rock to Road, we caught up with wheel loader manufacturers selling equipment in the Canadian market. We asked them to provide us with information about the wheel loader models best suited for the road building and aggregates industries.

Here are their recommendations…

JCB’s 457 wheel loader features a 7.7-litre, 258hp MTU engine that meets Tier 4 Final emission standards without the need for a costly diesel particulate filter (DPF). The engine contributes to a massive fuel savings of around 16 per cent compared to JCB’s previous model. JCB’s LiveLink telematics system comes standard, providing fleet managers and owners with remote access to real-time fuel consumption and machine working data.

Doosan DL250-5 wheel loaders are designed for scooping, lifting, carrying and dumping activities associated with stone, sand and gravel. The 171-net-horsepower wheel loaders are approved for use with a 3.3 cubic-yard bucket. The standard configuration has a maximum dump height of 9 feet 2 inches, while a high-lift option extends the dump height to 10 feet 7 inches. Also available in this size is a tool carrier (TC) iteration that may be ideal for lift and carry applications when the operator needs to keep items level while the loader is moving.


The all-purpose CAT 982M wheel loader is designed to load typical on-highway trucks in two passes, and it is capable of digging in the face for well-shot rock. With the available CAT Production System integrated in the machine, operators can check the bucket and truck payload with a glance on the new colour touchscreen monitor. Built to be re-built, the durability of the CAT structures and components is unmatched in the industry.

Volvo CE
The Volvo L250H wheel loader is a high production machine designed to deliver excellent productivity and profitability in applications including quarry, mining and heavy infrastructure. Operators will experience short cycle times, high breakout force and excellent controllability with this heavy-duty machine. Specifically in North America, the wheel loader is perfectly matched to on-highway trucks, and the L250H will load a 25-ton triaxle on-highway truck in two passes — two full buckets for one full truck.

The new 521F wheel loader from CASE Construction Equipment meets Tier 4 Final emissions standards using selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology, and delivers best-in-class 131-net peak horsepower with an FPT Tier 4 Final-certified engine. The 22,948-pound wheel loader has a bucket breakout force of 19,303-pounds with 2.3-cubic-yard bucket capacity. Limited-slip axles come standard, as well as an award-winning joystick steering option, advanced Instrument Cluster with four selectable power modes, and the CASE Quiet Cab.

John Deere
The John Deere 944K wheel loader is equipped with a 536 hp, PowerTech EPA Interim Tier 4 engine coupled with a hybrid-electric drive. The hybrid-electric drive system is designed to be more dependable and the wheel loader is an excellent choice for maintaining stockpiles and heaping hoppers in quarry operations and other production facilities. Brushless A/C generators and motors, water-cooled brake resistors, and solid-state power electronics deliver reliable, long-term performance. Reduced engine-speed range increases wear life over conventional drives. The hybrid-electric drive recaptures energy while slowing the loader when the operator lets off the accelerator, and lessening the load on the engine.

The Kawasaki-KCM 90Z7 T4F wheel loader is Tier 4 certified, has a 4.2 to 5.5-cubic-yard bucket capacity range, and its 275hp Cummins Engine requires no DPF, no DPF regeneration, and has a simple, clean, engine environment. The entire KCM IntelliTech system is designed using simple logic and intelligence to capture every aspect of your working conditions and respond by adjusting the powertrain and hydraulics for efficient application production.

Komatsu America’s WA500-8 wheel loader features a Komatsu 7.6-cubic yard bucket, designed for better material flow and easier filling. Its Tier 4 Final engine reduces fuel consumption, and the loader is up to 10 per cent more productive than the previous model. The pioneering Komtrax telematics system provides key machine metrics, plus performance information collected and sorted by operator ID. Whether rented, leased or purchased, the WA500-8 is covered by the Komatsu CARE program.

Terex Tier 4 Final compact wheel loaders are built to excel in the most challenging general construction and earthmoving applications. Equipped with Tier 4 Final Deutz engines, these loaders offer maximum productivity on many jobsites thanks to their steering and hydrostatic drive systems, parallel kinematics and Terex Smart Control System. The loaders are available in four models: the 50-hp TL65 with bucket capacities of 0.65-1.31 cubic yards; the 60-hp TL80 with bucket capacities of 1.05-1.57 cubic yards; the 74-hp TL100 with bucket capacities of 1.31-2.03 cubic yards; and the 101-hp TL120 with bucket capacities of 1.57-2.36 cubic yards. A full range of attachments are available for use with Terex compact wheel loaders.

Wacker Neuson
Wacker Neuson has introduced the 8085, a new all-wheel steer (AWS) wheel loader model. The 8085 is beneficial to job sites where continuous travel over longer distances is needed, reducing cycle times and improving productivity. The 8085 is offered with two speed configurations. The standard 8085 has a travel speed of 12.4 mph with a 19-gpm auxiliary flow, while the high speed/high flow 8085 travels up to 25 mph with high flow auxiliary hydraulics of 30 gpm. The high speed 8085 is ideal for operating high performance attachments such as blowers, brooms and mowers while the standard 8085 is designed for more standard attachments.

Takeuchi’s TW80 Series 2 compact wheel loaders are designed to deliver increased performance, improved serviceability, and an enhanced deluxe operator’s cabin for superior operator comfort. A compact design allows these loaders to easily maneuver in tight spaces with minimal damage to lawns, pavement, and other sensitive surface areas. With an improved cab, the TW80 features air conditioning and heat, adjustable armrest and controller position, as well as convenient storage compartments for the operator. For improved performance, the automotive-styled interior design also features a frameless door for enhanced visibility, easy to operate function switches, inching pedal for precise machine control, and precision pilot controls.

Kubota’s R630 wheel loader is powered by a Kubota-built 61.2-hp diesel engine. The eco-friendly engine is fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) muffler, complies with Tier 4 regulations for exhaust emissions, and features low noise, low vibration, and low fuel consumption. The wheel loader also features an electronic hydrostatic transmission (HST) with four operating modes, each optimized to handle a specific type of loading work. It has a spacious cab with controls that are ergonomically arranged for quick and easy access.

Powerful wheel loaders of all size categories make a reliable contribution to commercial success. Liebherr’s hydrostatic drive line brings a continuous tractive force without gear change interruptions, more productivity with low fuel consumption. It reduces operating costs and increases productivity with high handling capacity.

Hyundai’s HL730-9A wheel loader has an operation weight of 10,500 kg, a bucket capacity of 1.3 to 2.4 cubic metres, a digging force of 89.8kN and a dumping height of 2,700 mm. It is built with a Cummins QSB4.5 engine with a gross power of 97kW / 2,200 rpm, a net power of 95kW / 2,200 rpm and a maximum torque of 63 kg.m / 1,500 rpm. It has a maximum travel speed of 39.2 km/h in forward and 25.3 km/h in reverse.

Hitachi’s ZW370-5 wheel loader has a maximum engine power of 289 kW (388 hp), an operating weight of 33,680 to 34,300 kg, and a bucket capacity (ISO heaped) of 4.8 to 5.6 cubic metres. The loader features a 15.68-litre, six-cylinder water‑cooled turbo engine. It operates in two modes: one mode for regular operations with the benefit of efficient fuel consumption, and another for more demanding tasks. The optional auto-engine shutdown function avoids fuel wastage while the machine is long idling. A new hydraulic circuit facilitates the combined operation of the bucket and lift arm for loading and prioritizing use of the bucket for loading work.

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