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Features

This wheel loader offers two selectable operating modes:
 
P Mode: This mode provides maximum power output for hard- digging operation or hill climbing. 

E Mode: This mode provides maximum fuel efficiency for general loading.
 

The new automatic digging system actuates the bucket tilt and lifting operations by sensing the pressure applied to the work equipment. This system can alleviate operator's fatigue and optimize bucket load. This system is activated through the LCD color monitor panel.
 

A new standard, heated, air-suspension seat provides enhanced support on rough roads and dampens machine vibrations, providing a more comfortable ride for the operator. An EPC-lever console is built into, and moves with, the seat. The angle of the armrest is fully adjustable for optimum operator comfort. A secondary F-N-R switch is incorporated in to work equipment lever configurations.
 

An operator identification (ID) code can be set for each operator and used to manage operation information of individual machines through KOMTRAX. Data sent from KOMTRAX can be used to analyze operation status by operator job, as well as by machine.
 

The WA500-8 features Komatsu SmartLoader Logic, which controls engine torque to match machine demands. For example, engine torque needs are higher for digging in V-shape loading, but lower when driving with an empty bucket. This system optimizes the engine torque for all applications to minimize fuel consumption. Komatsu SmartLoader Logic functions automatically and doesn’t interfere with operation, saving fuel without decreasing production.
 

The Komatsu-designed power train features a large capacity torque converter for optimum efficiency. The WA500-8 has improved efficiency in V-shape loading applications because the increased tractive effort does not require full throttle. The large capacity torque converter allows the loader to up-shift gears faster for improved acceleration and hill climbing ability. The WA500-8 achieves high gear ranges and maintains high travel speed when working in load-and-carry applications. In most applications, production is increased and fuel consumption is reduced, resulting in improved fuel efficiency.
 

The dedicated, full-color monitor on the right side of the cab provides the operator with a rear view of the machine. This monitor can be always on or only on when the loader shifts into reverse. Guidelines provide the operator with visual cues for the width of the loader.
 

The operator can set the bucket angle and remote boom positioner from the cab. Both upper and lower boom limits are adjustable in the cab with the push of a button. The bucket positioner can store three horizontal settings, allowing the operator to easily change attachments without resetting the bucket level position.
 

The integrated load meter system displays information directly to the machine’s main monitor display and information is also available remotely via KOMTRAX. Load sub-total and cancel functions are performed with buttons integrated to the machine work levers.
 

The cooling fan swings out for easier cleaning. The coolers feature wider-spaced cooling fins to reduce clogging.
 

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