The Cat® 950 GC wheel loader has proven components, a durable structure, operator amenities and comes at an affordable price to provide great customer value.
The new Cat® 950 GC wheel loader combines low operating costs with durability, reliability and economy of proven Caterpillar components, to deliver productive performance in a wide range of 5t wheel loader applications. The result is a machine of exceptional value at an affordable price. The 950 GC's list of features is impressive: heavy-duty frames; Cat Z-bar linkage; performance series buckets; fuel-efficient Cat C7.1 engine; powerful load-sensing hydraulics; spacious, air-conditioned cab with intuitive controls; and matchless support from Caterpillar's worldwide dealers.
The 950 GC is well-suited for stockpiling, truck loading, material handling, hopper charging and load-and-carry work in applications such as quarries, sand and gravel pits, coal operations, storage yards, concrete and asphalt plants, and on construction projects for job-site preparation, back-filling, pipe handling, and general clean-up. The new loader also is an exceptional choice for government bids, offering agencies a well-designed, durable machine that fits the budget.
The 950 GC complements the current wheel loader product line and will cover a wide range of applications including quarry, industrial/demolition, waste handling, forestry and ship holds.
With a net power rating of 168 kW (225 hp), the C7.1 engine meets Stage IIIA (Tier 3) emission standards and features a new fuel-injection system specifically designed for fuel available in emerging markets. An electronically controlled, hydraulically driven, variable-speed cooling fan lowers fuel consumption and sound levels, and an optional fan-drive-bypass feature allows faster warm-up in cold weather. A high-ambient cooling package is available.
The 950 GC's 4F/3R countershaft, power-shift transmission, designed and built by Caterpillar, features automatic-shift capability and the Cat Electronic Long Range Transmission control system, which allows full-powershifts also includes a speed protection feature. This modulated transmission ensures smooth shifts for operators and contributes significantly to fast cycles and extended component life.
Heavy-duty axles with inboard planetary final drives feature hydraulically actuated wet disc brakes and specially heat-treated bevel gear. Limited slip differentials are available.
Linkage, buckets, hydraulics
The 950 GC features Caterpillar's proven Z-bar loader linkage, providing aggressive digging capabilities, high breakout forces, and lift and reach capability to competently handle a wide range of loading applications. The B-pin height and dump clearance are best in class for a 5t wheel loader allowing easy loading of on-highway trucks. Lift and bucket return-to-dig kick-outs can be adjusted to suit the applications.
Complementing the linkage are Cat performance series buckets, featuring a long floor, curved side sheets, and a wide opening to allow even less-experienced operators to attain 110- to 115-per cent fill factors in minimum time, speeding cycles and saving fuel. The spill guard protects linkage, cylinders and cab from material spillage. An electro-hydraulically actuated quick coupler is available, allowing the 950 GC to use a number of Cat work tools for added versatility.
Powering the loader linkage is the 950 GC's load-sensing hydraulic system, providing a fast and powerful response, allowing combined lift and tilt movements while also conserving engine horsepower, saving fuel and reducing heat by creating only the hydraulic flow and pressure actually required to perform the task at hand. The 950 GC's design is a precise balance between hydraulic cycles and rim pull which results in aggressive loading without excessive wheel spin, saving fuel and tyres.
Operator comfort and convenience is a focal point of the 950 GC's design. The cab is spacious, featuring a comfortable, cloth-covered, mechanical-suspension seat (an air-suspension seat is available) and low-effort, pilot-operated implement controls. If preferred, joystick implement control is also available. Both types of controls have remote quick-down switches; the joystick features also a direction change switch. The adjustable steering column includes a conventional shift lever with kick-down function for added convenience.
Visibility is enhanced with a large, roof-to-floor, distortion-free front windshield and standard interior and exterior mirrors. For added convenience and safety, a rearview camera system is available. Ten louvered vents allow operators to direct airflow to their liking, and air entering the cab is filtered via an easily serviced exterior filter. The dash display has analog-like gauges, warning lights and an LCD screen, allowing the operator to quickly monitor machine conditions.
For added safety, the 950 GC has a ladder on each side, allowing access to large platforms with handrails. Also, the main door opens to the front for wide access to the cab. For optimum comfort, an available ride-control system smoothes the ride, reduces shock to the machine and reduces material spillage, which contribute to faster cycles and increased production.
Hydraulic and electrical service centres provide ground-level access to grouped service points, enhancing the convenience and safety for those performing routine maintenance. Large gull-wing side panels and a tilt-up rear grille provide easy access to filters and the machine's Scheduled Oil Sampling (S.O.S) ports, which can be used to collect circulating-oil samples for analysis, providing a mean for regularly checking on machine health.
The Cat Product Link telematics system permits location tracking, geo-fencing, and remote monitoring of operating parameters, such as hours, fuel consumption, idle time, and event or fault codes.
The 950 GC features Caterpillar's proven Z-bar loader linkage, providing aggressive digging capabilities, high breakout forces, and lift and reach capability to competently handle a wide range of loading applications.
The cab is spacious, featuring a comfortable, cloth-covered, mechanical-suspension seat and low-effort, pilot-operated implement controls.