Komatsu America Corp. yard loader

Oct. 17, 2021

The 299-hp WA480-8 yard loader from Komatsu America Corp., Chicago, is designed to be a three-pass match for loading aggregate and other processed materials onto highway trucks, and also can be adapted for use in infrastructure, forestry and nonresidential construction applications. The curved design of the Komatsu-designed 7.2-cu.-yd. bucket is built to minimize spillage, and the internal space and shape provides smooth material flow.

The long bucket jaw and decreased strike plane angle helps deliver fill with low resistance during pile penetration, the company says. The integrated load meter system in the cab lets operators see how much material is in the bucket. The machine is equipped with an advanced joystick steering system (AJSS) and an air-suspension seat. For increased bucket capacity and stability, the yard loader arrangement has more than 1,400 lbs. of added counterweight compared to the standard WA480-8. Further stability is provided by low-profile tires with increased ground contact that are mounted to new heavy-duty front and rear axles.

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