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02 August 2019

Hanson adds Cat wheeled loader to UK fleet

First published02/08/2019
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The Caterpillar 986K wheeled loader in operation

Construction aggregates suppler Hanson has acquired a Cat 986K wheeled loader in a deal with Caterpillar dealer Finning UK & Ireland.

The loader is the penultimate addition in a series of new Caterpillar vehicles added to Hanson’s fleet as part of a 31-machine deal struck in 2018, and will be in operation at Hingston Down Quarry in Cornwall. Hanson has worked extensively with Finning over many years, building a strong relationship that has led to a number of ongoing projects with the business.

The Cat 986K features power shift transmission, torque converter with lock-up clutch and axle shaft disc brakes. Hanson says the machine was chosen for its compact sizing and advanced technology features.

The vehicle's VisionLink feature offers insight into the health, location and productivity of the machine, and is design to help increase productivity, control costs, improve operator performance and ensure safety on-site.

Cat Connect PAYLOAD technologies such as Cat Production Measurement provide on-the-go load weighing to assist operators with achieving precise targets to optimise efficiency and increase jobsite productivity.

The Cat 986K also features a redesigned operator cab featuring STIC steering, touch screen display, enhanced safety with improved access/egress, and better cab visibility. Serviceability is improved with ground-level or platform access and grouped service points, and a suite of performance series buckets are also available.

The 986K is larger than a Cat 982M but more compact than a new Cat 988K. The recent reintroduction of the Cat 988K range saw machines larger than their predecessors, and so the Cat 986K was launched as a size replacement for the original Cat 988G.

The machine will be maintained through a Customer Service Agreement (CSA). Under the agreement, Finning will also provide technical support through the Finsight condition monitoring team, supplying Hanson with data on machine health that links to the CSA. This data will provide accurate information to organise preventative maintenance operations, as well as information on uptime and machine productivity.

Dave Jenkins, unit manager at Hanson UK, said: “We were in the process of renewing aspects of our fleet at Hingston Down Quarry last year. We sought advice from Finning and Caterpillar on which machines to invest in for better site management and optimisation, and they recommended the new Cat 986K.

“This machine is matched perfectly with our face fleet, which includes a 772G and continues the long standing partnership that this quarry has had with Finning – a relationship forged over many years."

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