Weighing in at 9,150 pounds and powered by a 42-horsepower Cat C2.4 engine, the Cat 903C compact wheel loader is one of the latest items rolling off the manufacturing line at Caterpillar.
The 903C’s cab features dual entry doors with sliding windows, tilting steering column, centrally located, gauge cluster, and implement and auxiliary-hydraulic control levers. Additionally, the cab includes an expansive front windshield, large glass areas in the doors, pillar-less rear window and minimal engine overhang. There is an available HVAC system, and a canopy option will be available in the first quarter of 2015.
The C2.4 engine meets Tier 4 Interim emission standards and includes hydrostatic transmission, maintenance-free propeller shafts and universal joints, as well as oscillating axels with outboard planetary reduction. The axles are available with differential locks, and the power train allows travel speeds to 10 mph.
The machine’s hydraulic system works through Z-bar linkage to handle standard or light-material buckets, as well as 36- or 42-inch pallet forks.
The auxiliary flow, 14 gpm, allows the machine to work with a variety of standard-flow hydro-mechanical tools, which attach via the coupler.
The compact wheel loader offers independent levers for lift, tilt and auxiliary (third-valve) functions. Available field kits allow adding auxiliary piping and are complete with quick disconnects, brackets and hardware.
There are also option external counterweights to increase lift capacity and three tire choices – 12-inch construction type, 15.5-inch flotation type and Flexport.
As for maintenance, the 903C includes a fully opening hood with ground-level access to service points. Additionally, the side-by-side engine and hydraulic coolers can be reached for cleaning, and there is also a remote rear-axle-bearing grease point.