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Komatsu Europe launches WA480‐8 wheel loader with Auto Digging Function


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Komatsu Europe launches WA480‐8 wheel loader with Auto Digging Function

Komatsu Europe presents the WA4808 wheel loader, a heavyweight performer with an EU Stage IV engine and, on average, up to 15 % lower fuel consumption than the WA4806 LC.


Built on the recognized benefits of its predecessor, the new Komatsu WA4808 offers an outstanding combination of stability, breakout power and tractive effort to customers and is perfect for any moving, transport or loading job. Available machine attachments extend the machine’s versatility to waste handling or quarry applications. The WA4808 has a new autodigging mode, and along with Komatsu’s redesigned digging bucket, which further improves penetration and is easier to fill, operator comfort and productivity are increased and fuel consumption can be reduced.


Thanks to Komatsu’s transmission technology and upgraded torque converter, the WA4808 can offer reduced operating costs “says Henrik Flohr, Senior Product Manager at Komatsu Europe. “lower engine speed matching, improved tractive power and acceleration, and higher uphill speeds combine to offer a boost to productivity and lower fuel usage”.


The Komatsu SAA6D125E7 engine on the WA4808 puts out 223 kW / 299 HP. The machine’s Komatsu Diesel Particulate Filter (KDPF) and other aftertreatment components work together with the engine for improved efficiency and longer life. A Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system further reduces NOx emissions using AdBlue®. The engine’s advanced electronic control system manages the airflow rate and the fuel injection, combustion parameters and aftertreatment functions: performance is optimised, emissions reduced, and advanced diagnostic capabilities provided.


KOMTRAX telematics and Komatsu CARE, a Komatsu maintenance program for customers, offer top fleet management and support, protect the machine against misuse and guarantee maximum efficiency and uptime.


Enhancements and features


Thanks to its drive train, manufactured by Komatsu Germany Construction in Hanover, this wheel loader is an extremely powerful yet fuelefficient machine. In 1st to 4th gear, the automatic transmission provides easy operation and loading cycles with increased productivity, allowing the operator to concentrate on the job. In gears 2 to 4, starting at a speed of approx. 8 km/h, a lockup torque converter further boosts efficiency. Komatsu developed an operatorfriendly, spacious cab with an internal noise level of only 71 dB(A). The increased internal air pressure prevents dust and other particulates from entering the cab. For easy and safe exit, the machine is equipped with a rearhinged door, angled steps and large handrails.


The wide pillarless glass surfaces provide excellent allround visibility. A 7 inch, full colour, highresolution monitor provides key machine metrics including KDPF status and AdBlue elevel data, fuel consumption, and performance. Messages from the ECO Guidance system are displayed in realtime during operation and on the exit screen when the ignition is turned off. The ECO guidance menu enables the operator to check logs for operation, ECO guidance and fuel consumption. These records can be used to reduce the overall fuel consumption and can be collected and sorted by the operator. A new air suspension seat dampens vibrations and provides a more comfortable ride for the operator.


Seatmounted electronic pilot control levers, with ForwardNeutralReverse (FNR) switch, improve convenience and reduce operator fatigue. Other features help to optimize fuel consumption: Komatsu Smart Loader Logic functions automatically and doesn’t interfere with operation, saving fuel without decreasing production whatever the application. The Komatsudesigned power train has a large capacity torque converter for optimum efficiency. The WA480’s AutoIdle Shutdown system prevents unnecessary fuel consumption by automatically switching the off after a preset idle duration.

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