The Caterpillar 994 model is the company’s largest wheel loader. The gigantic Caterpillar 994 weighs 427,209 pounds, about twice as much as the wheel loader in terms of weight, power, and bucket capacity. Even the 22.1-foot-tall tires on the Caterpillar 994 are massive. The largest tires on the market barely fit the needs of the gigantic machine when the first prototype was created in 1989 at Caterpillar’s newly established Mining Vehicle Center.
After the original loaders for Arizona’s Cs Sierrita mine left the Decatur assembly factory, new Caterpillar 994 models that required larger tires for proper operation couldn’t be introduced for several years. The largest tires now in use will be the new 53.5/85-57 tires until the LeTourneau L-2350 wheel loader is introduced. They would be about 13 feet in diameter and weigh about 13,800 pounds each.
On mining sites all around the world, the Caterpillar 994 wheel loader is famous for its durability and productivity. The large electric shovels in a mining fleet may be swiftly replaced by it thanks to its mobile design. Up to 70,000 kg may be handled by its enormous 23 yd3 buckets at once, which is sufficient to load a 150-ton truck in four passes. By 1998, Caterpillar had sold 200 machines and was preparing to introduce the 994D, an upgraded model.
The modified loader had a stronger frame and better lift arms, as well as a Caterpillar 3516B TA 69L engine that produced 1,375 horsepower. The vehicle’s redesigned steering mechanism has replaced the former steering wheel with a joystick control that is mounted to the left of the driver’s seat.
Let’s watch giant Caterpillar 944K wheel loader in action in the video below:
Source: Fantastic Machines
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