In bringing in the WA600-6 wheel loader into Tier 3 compliance, Komatsu pumped the quarry/mining loader up to 502 horsepower (12 percent greater than the WA600-3 it replaced) and similar boosts in weight, loading height and tipping load.
The WA600-6 shares the top of the 375- to 575-hp wheel-loader size class with Volvo's L330E. Both machines are rated at 502 horsepower, and they develop virtually identical breakout forces. The Komatsu outweighs the Volvo by about 7,000 pounds, and exceeds the Volvo's straight tipping load by 2,500 pounds. But its articulation angle of 43 degrees makes the WA600-6's static tipping load when articulated into a full turn about 1,800 pounds less than the Volvo's (which articulates to a maximum of 35 degrees).
The key component change is Komatsu's Tier-3 engine, the six-cylinder, 23-liter SAA6D170E-5 with cooled exhaust-gas recirculation and air-to-air charge air-cooling. Adding EGR allows an engine manufacturer to advance fuel-injection timing compared to Tier-2 engines, improving low-end torque and fuel efficiency, and reducing noise. Using the WA600-6's electronic fuel-injection controller, the engine comes standard with dual-mode engine power: an Economy mode for fuel efficiency, and a Power mode for maximum productivity.
With a new lock-up torque converter and a full-powershift, planetary transmission, travel speeds have increased compared to the WA600-3. Maximum forward speed is 23.4 miles per hour (a 23 percent increase) and reverse top-speed of 23.0 miles per hour (up 13 percent).
The upgraded drive train supports a more capable machine. The WA600-3 was an 8-cubic-yard loader with 11-foot dump clearance, and the WA600-6 is an 8.4-cubic-yard loader with 13-foot dump clearance ¡ª about two feet more clearance than the nearest competitors in this size class. It's tall enough to load 70-ton trucks, but ideally suited to 50- to 60-ton trucks. Yet the sharp articulation angle gives it a turning radius within about a foot of the shortest-turning machine in the class.
Komatsu brought its joystick steering — the same AJSS (Advanced Joystick Steering System) as is used on the WA800 — to the WA600-6.
The manufacturer "conservatively estimates" that the WA600-6 can deliver a 28-percent improvement in productivity over the Dash 3.
The WA600-6 includes Komatsu's EMMS (Equipment Management Monitoring System), which displays 28 different machine functions including time to fluid and filter changes and trouble-shooting memory such as historical engine oil levels and coolant temperatures. Also on board is Komatsu's VHMS (Vehicle Health Monitoring System) to provide detailed monitoring of the machine via satellite communication or through a laptop computer.
|Quarry Loader Competitors|
|* Full height with bucket dumped|
|Source: Spec Check ¡ª see www.Spec-Check.com|
|Model||SAA6D170E-3||SAA6D170E-5||C18 MEUI ACERT||QSK19||D16B LAE2||QSK19|
|Net power||450 hp||502 hp||475 hp||480 hp||502 hp||415 hp|
|Max. speed (mph)Forward/Reverse||18.8/20.3||23.4/23.0||24/15.6||21.8/14.1||19.8/19.8||20.2/20.2|
|Static tip load (lb.) straight||74,414||80,645||76,776||65,280||78,130||63,310|
|Static tip load (lb.) full turn||64,838||67,210||64,745||55,910||69,090||56,350|
|Bucket cap. (cu. yd.)||8||8.4||8.33||8.3||8.6||7.5|
|Dump clearance*||11' 0"||13' 1"||11' 4"||10' 10.7"||10' 9"||11' 11"|
|Dump cycle time (sec.)||14.6||15.7||15.6||15.2||14.6||18.2|
|Breakout force (lb.)||83,010||87,230||85,068||84,900||87,200||66,230|
|Wheelbase||13' 5"||14' 9"||14' 11.2"||13' 3.4"||13' 4"||12' 11"|
|Turn angle (deg.)||40||43||43||40||35||35|
|Operating weight (lb.)||101,854||118,385||109,230||100,180||111,070||92,533|