New CAT966M Loading Shovel
It may not be completely driverless, but the CAT 966M is certainly relieving many of the traditional tasks associated with manoeuvring a Loading Shovel for operators, and one company who has quickly embraced the recent design modification is Mick George Ltd.
The East Anglian based Construction Company that continues to make positive noises in the industry, becoming an increasingly popular choice for complex Demolition, Earthworks and Asbestos services, among other Contracting provisions, has taken delivery of two CAT 966M’s to bolster its impressive fleet of equipment.
The machines are functioning from a couple of the companies quarry premises, in Manea and Colne Fen, Cambridgeshire respectively, and are predominantly tasked with transporting large volumes of various aggregates on a daily basis.
The new 966M Wheel Loaders have a U.S EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV ACERT engine equipped with a combination of proven electronic, fuel, air and after treatment components.
Essentially, what this means in less technological speak, is that the equipment is better built to meet users' needs, with numerous efficiency, productivity and performance related advantages.
Most significantly, it is the on-board, built-in ‘weigh loading system’ that is receiving most of the positive feedback, as a consequence of its automated and on-the-go weighing features.
Other benefits include; the general ability to handle with considered ease, thanks to the ‘stick-steer’ attribute, which removes the normal steering wheel component, freeing up space within the cab, as well as the physical process of managing said variable. Similarly, the automatic gear change and restriction functionality is designed with this in mind.
While from a maintenance perspective, the automatic lubrication on offer, has taken the frequent task of the vehicles up-keep out of the equation.
The investment sparks a flurry of activity in relation to new equipment arrivals for Mick George Ltd, with a further 17 machines, made up of Hydraulic Excavators, Wheel Loaders and Dozers anticipated to land on at the organisations premises before the year is out.
Michael George, Contracts Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’As with the rest of the business, from premises, people and equipment, we recognise that things develop.’’
George continues: ‘’We are always seeking the best, and understand that means adding to the solid foundations in each of the respective areas, that we have built over the years. This is just another example of that, and embracing these technological advancements, reiterates our intention to further strengthen our offering.’’