Komatsu Europe Launches WA500-8 Wheel Loader with Auto-Digging Function

During bauma 2016, Komatsu Europe introduced its WA500-8 wheel loader featuring a 7% reduction in fuel consumption and an auto-digging function.

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Komatsu Europe presents the WA500-8 wheel loader, a utility performer with an EU Stage IV engine and fuel consumption up to 7% lower than for the WA500-7. Built on the recognized benefits of its predecessor, the new Komatsu WA500-8 offers an outstanding combination of stability, breakout power and tractive effort to customers and is perfect for any moving, transport or loading job. Available machine attachments extend the machine’s versatility to waste handling or quarry applications.

The WA500-8 has a new auto-digging mode, and along with Komatsu’s redesigned digging bucket, which further improves penetration and is easier to fill, operating comfort and productivity are increased and fuel consumption can be reduced.

The Komatsu SAA6D140E-7 engine on the WA500-8 puts out a net horsepower of 266 kW (357 hp). The machine’s Komatsu diesel particulate filter (KDPF) and other aftertreatment components work together with the engine for improved efficiency and longer life. A selective catalyst reduction (SCR) system further reduces NOx emissions using AdBlue. The engine’s advanced electronic control system manages the air-flow rate and the fuel injection, combustion parameters and aftertreatment functions: performance is optimized, emissions reduced and advanced diagnostic capabilities provided.

KOMTRAX telematics and Komatsu Care, a complimentary maintenance program, offer top fleet management and support, protect the machine against misuse and guarantee maximum efficiency and uptime.

Enhancements and features

Thanks to its drivetrain, manufactured at Komatsu Hanomag in Hanover, Germany, this wheel loader is an extremely powerful yet fuel-efficient machine. In first to fourth gear, the automatic transmission provides easy operation and loading cycles with increased productivity, allowing the operator to concentrate on the job. In gears two to four, starting at a speed of approximately 9 km/h, a lock-up torque converter
further boosts efficiency.

Komatsu developed an operator-friendly, spacious cab with an internal noise level of only 72 dB(A). The increased internal air pressure prevents dust and other particulates from entering the cab. For easy and safe exit, the machine is equipped with a rear-hinged door, angled steps and large handrails. The wide pillar-less glass surfaces provide excellent all-round visibility.

A 7-in., full color, high-resolution monitor provides key machine metrics including KDPF status and AdBlue e-level data, fuel consumption and performance. Messages from the ECO Guidance system are displayed in real-time during operation and on the exit screen when the ignition is turned off. The ECO guidance menu enables the operator to check logs for operation, ECO guidance and fuel consumption. These records can be used to reduce the overall fuel consumption and can be collected and sorted by the operator.

A new air suspension seat dampens the vibrations and provides a more comfortable ride for the operator. Seat-mounted electronic pilot control levers, with F-N-R switch, improve convenience of operations and reduce operator fatigue.

Other options help to optimize fuel consumption: The Komatsu Smart Loader Logic system automatically limits the engine torque during less demanding work, therefore saving fuel. It functions automatically and doesn’t interfere with operation, saving fuel without decreasing production. The Komatsu designed powertrain has a large capacity torque converter for optimum efficiency.The Auto-Idle Shutdown system prevents unnecessary fuel consumption. The engine is switched off automatically when the engine is at an idle condition.

More benefits

Cleaning and maintenance are easier than ever. The cooling fan swings out and has wider fin spacing and a standard auto-reversing function. Gull-wing engine doors provide quick, convenient access for daily checks and service. Full rear fenders are standard, a sight gauge on the AdBlue fill cap minimizes overfilling, and additional hinged panels on either side of the machine simplify access to regeneration components.