Komatsu Europe Introduces WB97S‐8 Backhoe Loader

The Komatsu WB97S-8 features an improved Stage VI engine with more power output and lower fuel consumption.

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Komatsu Europe announces the WB97S‐8, the first follow‐up model in its new range of backhoe loaders. Packed with customer‐focused features, the WB97S‐8 offers a high level of standard specifications along with unrivalled operator visibility thanks to Komatsu’s unique combination of a lateral exhaust pipe and compact bonnet.

“Following the successful introduction of the 2 wheel steering model, the new WB97S‐8 brings a range of high‐standard features to the Komatsu Backhoe Loader family,” says Alex Visentin, Product Manager at Komatsu Europe. “With a clear focus on safety, the WB97S‐8 is a perfect balance between great visibility, operator comfort and productivity, which makes it a perfect match for any customer’s needs.”

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Performance & Efficiency

Built around the successful features of previous Komatsu backhoe loaders, the new Komatsu WB97S‐8 has an operating weight of 8,750 kg, and an improved EU Stage IV Komatsu SAA4D99E‐1 engine with more power (75 kW/101 HP gross), lower fuel consumption and no loss of performance or productivity. A viscous fan clutch helps to achieve fuel savings by reducing the engine load when maximum cooling is not required.

With a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system using AdBlue, the new aftertreatment system greatly lowers harmful NOx emissions, protecting the operator, bystanders and the environment.

Versatility is a must for any backhoe loader: for fast and smooth operations in any application, Komatsu’s well proven Closed Load Sensing System is at the core of the new WB97S‐8’s hydraulics. It is supplemented by Komatsu’s exclusive parallel loader linkage, ideal for working with forks. The standard “Return to Dig” function, a kick down switch, and, for the loader, a new automatic “speed up” and a selectable floating function, confirm this new backhoe loader as a premium package for customers.

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Safety, Comfort and Easy Maintenance

Safety is the number one priority for Komatsu.

Hose burst valves are now included for backhoe operations and on stabilizers. A new “Engine Shutdown” secondary switch, reachable from ground level, a new “Travel Neutral” lock, “Street Mode” functions and a new optical seat belt alarm complete Komatsu’s traditionally safe environment for the operator.

The switch console was redesigned, and a new accelerator pedal, fuel dial and standard air‐suspension seat further promote comfortable and productive cab surroundings.

The latest KOMTRAX technology and a new 7 in. multi‐function color monitor, with fuel consumption indications and maintenance info displayed in one of 15 built‐in languages, improve communications between the machine and the operator and contribute to the optimization of the total cost of ownership.

The battery, main switch and relays are conveniently located, with a with easy maintenance access to the electrical system. The AdBlue tank is accessible from ground level for a quick, easy and safe refill.

With its refined and contemporary styling, the new Komatsu WB97S‐8 is sure to stand out on any jobsite.