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Komatsu Europe announces WB97S-8 Backhoe Loader

Jan 11, 2021 Excavator blog

Efficiency – Reliability – Versatility

Vilvoorde, Febrary 2020 — Komatsu Europe announces the WB97S-8, the first follow-up model in its new range of backhoe loaders. Packed with customer-focused features, the WB97S-8 offers a high level of standard specifications along with unrivalled operator visibility thanks to Komatsu’s unique combination of a lateral exhaust pipe and compact bonnet.

With a clear focus on safety, the WB97S-8 is a perfect balance between great visibility, operator comfort and productivity

 “Following the successful introduction of the 2 wheel steering model, the new WB97S-8 brings a range of high-standard features to the Komatsu Backhoe Loader family” says Alex Visentin, Product Manager at Komatsu Europe. “With a clear focus on safety, the WB97S-8 is a perfect balance between great visibility, operator comfort and productivity, which makes it a perfect match for any customer’s needs”

Performance & Efficiency

Built around the successful features of previous Komatsu backhoe loaders, the new Komatsu WB97S-8 has an operating weight of 8,750 kg, and an improved EU Stage IV Komatsu SAA4D99E-1 engine with more power (75 kW /101 HP gross), lower fuel consumption and no loss of performance or productivity. A viscous fan clutch helps to achieve fuel savings by reducing the engine load when maximum cooling is not required.

With a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system using AdBlue®, the new after-treatment system greatly lowers harmful NOx emissions, protecting the operator, bystanders and the environment.

Versatility is a must for any backhoe loader: for fast and smooth operations in any application, Komatsu’s well proven Closed Load Sensing System is at the core of the new WB97S-8’s hydraulics. It is supplemented by Komatsu’s exclusive parallel loader linkage, ideal for working with forks. The standard “Return to Dig” function, a kick down switch, and, for the loader, a new automatic “speed up” and a selectable floating function, confirm this new backhoe loader as a premium package for customers.

Safety, Comfort and Easy Maintenance

Safety is the number one priority for Komatsu.

Hose burst valves are now included for backhoe operations and on stabilizers. A new “Engine Shutdown” secondary switch, reachable from ground level, a new “Travel Neutral” lock, “Street Mode” functions and a new optical seat belt alarm complete Komatsu’s traditionally safe environment for the operator.

The switch console was redesigned, and a new accelerator pedal, fuel dial and standard air-suspension seat further promote comfortable and productive cab surroundings.

The latest KOMTRAX technology and a new 7’’ multi-function colour monitor, with fuel consumption indications and maintenance info displayed in one of 15 built-in languages, improve communications between the machine and the operator and contribute to the optimisation of the total cost of ownership.

The battery, main switch and relays are conveniently located, with a with easy maintenance access to the electrical system. The AdBlue® tank is accessible from ground level for a quick, easy and safe refill.

With its refined and contemporary styling, the new Komatsu WB97S-8 is sure to stand out on any jobsite.

WB97S-8 New Features & Benefits

  • EU Stage IV emissions compliant – Peace of Mind
  • Engine power increase –  75kW gross.
  • Viscous engine fan clutch – Noise reduction, fuel consumption reduction
  • Higher fuel efficiency – Profit up
  • High-resolution multi-functional 7” LCD colour monitor panel with instant fuel consumption – Everything at a glance, operator comfort, modern high tech. appeal
  • New Travel Neutral lock and Street mode functions – Safety
  • Optimised smart design (cooling radiator, radiator fan, layout) to maintain compact dimensions – Visibility, manoeuvrability -> productivity up
  • New Loader auto speed up – Smart loader operation, easy to use, peace of mind
  • KOMTRAX 3G communications with Consumed fuel (Monthly and daily) and AdBlue® gauge
  • Maintenance info displayed on the monitor – Peace of mind, maximise up-time
  • Engine shut down secondary switch – safety, peace of mind. Seat belt caution indicator – Safety, peace of mind
  • Aesthetic design – desirability, peace of mind