Caterpillar has announced their new 990K aggregate handler, built to handle greater payloads (up to 25% more compared to the standard 990K) in aggregate applications. This means faster loading of trucks and movement of more material in load-and-carry management tasks.

“The new 990K Aggregate Handler is built on the proven features of the 990K Wheel Loader. The 990K powertrain provides powerful operation with superior fuel efficiency.”

Cat 990k aggregate handler

Pictured: Cat 990K Aggregate Handler moves crushed stone. Source:

Available in standard lift and high lift configurations, the 990K aggregate handler has increased capacity and high dump clearance to give Cat customers faster material handling at a lower cost per tonne.

The Cat exclusive, field-proven impeller clutch torque converter uses a lock-up clutch, providing direct drive to boost fuel economy, trim cycle times, and reduce heat—especially in load-and-carry applications. The system allows operators to balance rimpull and hydraulic power for optimum loading efficiency.”

As for the operator’s station, the 990K offers the Cat Vital Information Management System (VIMS) 3G, which provides a range of features according to Caterpillar. “[VIMS] provides customizable operator profiles, a cycle timer and an integral Payload Control System, which provides on-the-go payload weighing. The graphical information display is easy to use and keeps key information in front of the operator,” they say.

Complementing its sister machines, the smaller 968K and 988K aggregate handlers, this new release aggregate handler is not for quarry face or shot rock applications.

990K Aggregate Features:  

  • 25% payload increase over the standard 990K
  • Robust structure for increased durability
  • Enhanced fuel efficiency with ECO Mode (on-demand throttle) & engine-idle shutdown system
  • Operator’s station features the Cat Vital Information Management System (VIMS) 3G
  • Cat Comfort III seat with integrated seat-mounted controls
  • Cat Vision rearview camera

990K Aggregate Handler Key Specs:

Engine: Cat C27 Engine

Net Power: 669 HP

Payload: 20 Tonnes

Full-Turn Static Tipping Load: 43,738 kg

Standard Lift Configuration Dump Clearance: 4108 mm

High Lift Configuration Dump Clearance: 4569 mm

Read the full press release here.

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