The latest innovative solution from Komatsu has been demonstrated at the iconic Le Mans 24hrs race circuit in France. A host of distributors, including Irish firm McHale Plant Sales, were on hand to learn more about the Hydraulic Mechanical Transmission (HMT).
Fitted to the latest WA475–10 wheel loader, those present were shown how HMT works and the benefit it will bring by enabling the WA475-10 to deliver more power whilst being more efficient in its fuel use.
Thanks to a variable speed and traction control, top speed is adjustable throughout its entire speed range, in accordance with the conditions of the job site, while variable traction control limits wheel spin in difficult ground conditions.
By dispensing with the need for a torque convertor, the Komatsu WA475-10 could carry 20 percent less fuel while the HMT system delivered some 17 percent better fuel consumption.
McHale Plant Sales director, John O’Brien observed: “Powered by an EU Stage V engine and covered by a five years or 10,000 hours warranty, the next generation WA475-10 wheel loader with HMT proved to be a very versatile performer.
“Built on the recognised benefits of its predecessor, it has the appeal of being up to 30% more fuel-efficient and is perfect for any moving, transport or loading job, combining outstanding fuel efficiency, productivity and ease of operation.
“Hydraulic speed can be independently controlled, directly from the accelerator pedal, making it easy for the operator to find the right balance between traction and lifting power. The optimised Z-bar linkage system provides much more lift force and a higher tonnes-per-hour production rate while lift speed and class-leading machine stability help boost productivity, especially in narrow-space loading applications,” he added.