New Cat 963K track loader offers 10 to 30% improvement in fuel efficiency and performance

Eco Mode to automatically reduce engine speed and a more efficient Tier 4 Final engine help reduce fuel consumption up to 30% in the new Cat 963K track loader.

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The track loader has long been known as a machine that can do it all on the jobsite, and it is often the first machine that can go to work in soft, wet underfoot conditions. The new Cat 963K offers that legendary versatility, along with a 10 to 30% gain in fuel efficiency and improved performance. The new track loader also offers updated cab and safety features for the comfort and convenience of the operator. The 963K meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV/Japan 2014 (Tier 4 Final)/Korea Tier 4 Final emission standards.

More Efficiency and Productivity = Lower Costs

The 963K is powered by a 193 hp (144 kW) Cat C7.1 ACERT engine, offering fuel efficiency improvements over the previous model. An Eco Mode automatically reduces engine speed, but maintains selected ground speed when the machine is under light load. The more efficient engine and the Eco Mode combine to deliver a 10 to 30% reduction in fuel consumption compared to the 963D. And efficient use of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) – typically 2.5 to 3% of fuel consumption – provides excellent overall fluid efficiency.

The 963K offers additional productivity with an optional high retention bucket that moves 5% more material per hour. For added versatility, the machine can be ordered with an optional Fusion Quick Coupler to allow easy use of forks, buckets, etc. from wheel loaders and other Fusion compatible machines.

The Caterpillar telematics system, Product Link is deeply integrated into the 963K, giving you easy access to timely information like machine location, hours, fuel usage, idle time and event codes via the online VisionLink user interface. 

Performance Enhancements

The C7.1 ACERT engine is equipped with a twin turbo, providing faster machine response under load. Smarter powertrain management on the 963K offers smoother implement and steering response, and improved steering performance over the previous model (963D). Power reaches the ground more efficiently based on the demands of the application, giving you fast acceleration and shorter cycle times. Features like load sensing hydraulics and position sensing cylinders add to the machine’s precision and response.

Ease of Operation

The updated cab offers operator comforts like suspension seat, adjustable armrests and controls, and an improved air conditioning system. Engine noise is reduced compared to the 963D, resulting in a quieter environment for the operator and for others around the worksite.

The machine can be ordered with either v-lever or joystick steering to match operator preference. Selectable electro-hydraulic mapping lets users set implement response to fine, normal or coarse to match operator preferences and tailor the machine to individual applications.

The Cat Tier 4 Final/Stage IV/Japan 2014 (Tier 4 Final)/Korea Tier 4 Final emissions technology is designed to be transparent – with no action required from the operator and no need to stop for regeneration. DEF fill is located at ground level, next to the fuel tank, for convenient access when refueling. 

Operator safety is enhanced as well, with added handles and steps to help operators climb on and off the machine more easily, from the front or the back of the tracks.

The 963K maintains its reputation for ease of service too, with a tilt cab and convenient service access points for easier maintenance and repair. The demand fan provides efficient cooling, plus features a swing-out grill door and fold-down fan to help make cleanout quick and easy.