When we look to design a new Cat® machine for optimal performance on the job site, we’ve learned that the customer knows best. That’s why we tapped into valuable customer input when designing the Cat® 994K wheel loader. Continuously leveraging the voice of our customers every step of the way, the Cat 994K development team reviewed the product design with 24 dealers and customers at critical junctures throughout the design process. Utilizing their feedback ensured this machine would be a true representation of the field’s product needs. Modifications were then made to the design before any steel was cut.
The development of the Cat 994K Large Wheel Loader has brought new meaning to responding to the voice of our customers. A platform refined over five models and 25 years, the 994 has been a mainstay in our line-up, helping our customers move more. The fifth iteration and Caterpillar’s® largest wheel loader to date, the Cat 994K was launched in January 2016 and was redesigned from the ground up, delivering larger payloads and greater efficiencies.
As a result, the Cat 994K is positioned to lead the industry in safety and serviceability, with improved machine access and visibility, along with a best-in-class operator environment. With a complete suite of technology-enabled solutions, the Cat 994K helps our customers manage productivity and efficiency. Touted as “bigger on the outside and better on the inside,” the Cat 994K increases payload by 29 percent and improves cost per ton by 8 percent over the previous model. The resounding success of the Cat 994K design process is a true testament to the power of collaboration between Caterpillar, our customers and dealers.