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Wheel Loaders | How To Configure Your Machine for the Job

Adding wheel loaders to your fleet? Whether it’s a purchase or a rental, the first step is to consider what applications your wheel loaders will be performing. Will you be doing bucket or fork work? How much weight do you need to carry? A few factors to keep in mind are the machine’s full turn static tip load (FTSTL), rated load, and lift height.

The FTSTL is the exact amount of weight it would take for the machine to tip if it is fully articulated and the loader arms are level. The rated load for a bucket is 50% of the FTSTL, and can be up to 80% of the FTSTL for a set of forks. Use the rated load as a reference for how much the machine can safely lift while in operation. For example: if you need to lift 5,000 pounds of material in the bucket, select a machine with a 10,000 pound FTSTL and a 5,000 pound rated load. If your particular application requires loading a truck or anything with a tall height, consider a machine with a lift linkage option or a rollout bucket.

Cat wheel loaders also include various features to save time, reduce wear, and improve operator comfort.

  • Ride Control – The machine’s lift cylinders act as shock absorbers for the payload and reduce the impact of bumps on the road.
  • Cylinder Snubbing – This feature slows down the implements just before the end of each cylinder stroke for smoother overall operation and better material retention.
  • Rimpull Control – Minimize tire spin by adjusting the torque to match your underfoot conditions.
  • Programmable Kickouts – Save lift and tilt positions and recall them with a simple joystick motion. This can be done from inside the cab for seamless loader arm movement.


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