Komatsu America Introduces New WA480-8 Wheel Loader

The new WA480-8 wheel loader features an operator-friendly design with optional advanced joystick steering system and a bucket design which fills and retains material better.

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Komatsu America Corp., a leading global heavy equipment manufacturer, announces 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 8% more productive than the previous model.

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

Standard features of the WA480-8 

Under the Hood

  • A powerful 299 hp, 11.04 L, EPA Tier 4 Final certified, SAA6D125E-7 engine uses up to 20% 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% 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 12V ports
  • Seven-inch, full color, high resolution monitor with Ecology Guidance
  • Separate, full color, rearview monitor comes standard                                

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