Caterpillar upgraded both its medium and large wheel loaders this year. H Series medium loaders have new features, including load-sensing hydraulics with simultaneous lift and tilt capabilities, ACERT engine, and electro-hydraulic controls. H Series offers a 5-percent improvement in fuel efficiency and 20 percent more lift force. H Series medium models include the 950H, 962H, 966H and 972H. Estimated list prices: $250,000 to $450,000.
H Series large wheel-loader models are the 980H and 988H. Each has an ACERT Tier III engine; a C15 in the 980H and a C18 in the 988H. Also included on the new series is the company's Impeller Clutch Torque Converter/Rimpull Control System that allows the operator flexibility to modulate rimpull. It also has a throttle lock for faster cycle times and hydraulic efficiency. Estimated list prices: $650,000 to $750,000.