Efficiency, reliability and versatility are words being used by Komatsu to describe its new WB93R-8 backhoe loader, just launched internationally and now available for sale in Ireland.

With its distinctive Komatsu branding, the new unit is said by them to be ‘a perfect match between performance and efficiency’. First in a new range that comes powered by a EU Stage IV emission-compliant engine, its many features include an operating weight of 8,130 kg, increased power output to 75 kW /102 hp gross, lower noise and lower fuel consumption with no loss of performance or productivity.

Helping to deliver these fuel savings and reduce engine load when maximum cooling is not required is a viscous fan clutch, while its selective catalytic reduction plant uses an after-treatment system to reduce NOx emissions and offer better protection to operator and bystanders.

Other core features are Komatsu’s proven closed load-sensing hydraulics, power/economy modes, and the manufacturer’s exclusive parallel loader linkage – said to be useful when working with forks.

A standard ‘return to dig’ function, differential lock and a selectable floating loader function also combine to make what Komatsu distributor in Ireland, McHale Plant Sales, says is a ‘premium package’ for any customer.

Commenting, their sales director, John O’Brien added: ‘with its exceptional visibility and the exclusive design of its work equipment, the new WB93R-8 delivers increased productivity with a clear focus on the operator’s needs.’

Safety elements include anti-burst valves, a new ‘engine shutdown’ switch, and a new optical seat belt alarm. Comfort items include a redesigned switch console, a new accelerator pedal and fuel dial, and standard air seat. Battery, main switch and relays are conveniently located. Better access to its electrical system and diesel additive refill tank are amongst the changes.

Overall, its compact dimensions and refined contemporary styling combine with KOMTRAX 3G technology and a new multi-function colour monitor with 15 built-in languages to round off the list of features present in the new WB93R-8.

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