Komatsu America Introduces WA480-8 Wheel Loader

Komatsu America Corp., a leading global heavy equipment manufacturer, today announced the introduction of the new WA480-8 Wheel Loader. Equipped with an EPA Tier 4 Final certified emissions regulations-compliant engine, this latest addition to the wheel loader family combines higher production with lower fuel costs, improved operator comfort and enhanced serviceability.

New operator-friendly design features include the optional advanced joystick steering system (AJSS), which eliminates the steering wheel, and with it, a major cause of operator fatigue. Also, the new “generous curves” bucket design fills and retains material better, making the machine nearly eight percent more productive than the previous model.

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“The WA480-8 is the perfect tool for quarry, infrastructure and non-residential construction applications,” said Craig McGinnis, product marketing manager, Komatsu America. “It’s the perfect three-pass loader for on-highway trucks and hoppers,” McGinnis said.

Standard features of the WA480-8 include:

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Under the Hood
 A powerful 299 HP, 11.04 L, EPA Tier 4 Final certified, SAA6D125E-7 engine uses up to 20 percent less fuel than its Tier 3 predecessor
 Nearly 20 years of leadership in emissions technology enabled Komatsu designers to create an engine that reduces Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) by more than 80%, from the Tier 3 model
 Komatsu Diesel Particulate Filter (KDPF) and other after treatment components are designed in conjunction with the engine for efficiency and long life
 More than 95 percent of KDPF regeneration is performed passively, with no action required of the operator and no interference with machine operation
 Komatsu’s SmartLoader Logic, combined with the lockup torque converter that activates in 2nd, 3rd and 4th gear, provides optimal engine torque for improved acceleration, hill-climbing ability, a higher top speed and fuel savings

New In-Cab Enhancements/Features
 Advanced Joystick Steering System (AJSS) eliminates the steering wheel for improved forward visibility and operator comfort while allowing the machine to operate at full speed
 Integrated load meter system displays data directly to the machine’s main monitor and remotely via KOMTRAX. Load sub-total and cancel functions available via buttons integrated into the machine work levers. Load meter is only available on two-lever, two-valve machine configurations
 An optional printer allows operators to print bucket and truck weights based on load meter data
 Air-suspension, high-back, heated seat softens machine vibrations for operator comfort, while cast frame structure increases strength
 Seat-mounted electronic pilot control levers with F-N-R switch for operator ergonomics and convenience
 Latest version of pioneering KOMTRAX telematics system and monitor that provides key machine metrics, including KDPF status and DEF-level data, fuel consumption, plus performance information collected and sorted by operator ID
 Komatsu Auto Idle Shutdown to reduce idle time and save fuel
 Auxiliary jack and two 12-volt ports
 Seven-inch, full color, high resolution monitor with Ecology Guidance
 Separate, full color, rearview monitor comes standard

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Additional Features/Benefits
 New bucket design improves overall machine productivity. Generous curves on the side wall and wrap improve pile penetration, make it easy to fill, and improve material retention in carry operations
 New auto dig system controls bucket tilt and lifting by sensing pressure applied to the work equipment. System can reduce operator fatigue and optimize bucket load
 New swing-out rear door and standard auto-reversing fan allow easy access to wider fin space radiator for ease of cleaning
 Gull-wing engine doors provide quick, convenient access for daily checks and service items
 Full polymer, corrosion-resistant rear fenders are standard
 Sight gauge at DEF fill cap to minimize overfilling. DEF fill cap has convenient magnetized holster to hold cap while filling
 Additional hinged panels on each side of machine for easy access to regeneration components
 Optional engine pan and oil heaters available for easier starting in colder conditions
 New battery disconnect switch includes lock out tag out capability with a lock or hasp Tags: