Controls and Display
The complete operator interface has been designed with the operator in mind: easy to operate and simple to understand. The pilot-operated hydraulic implement controls deliver comfortable, low-effort operation. Two single axis levers or a joystick are available. Both arrangements are equipped with a remote kick-down switch. The joystick features an F-N-R switch as well. The adjustable steering column includes the manual shifter and turn signal control lever. The dashboard display contains 5 analog-like gauges, several colored indicator lights and an LCD screen. This intuitive system allows the operator to monitor that the machine systems are operating properly.
The 950 GC cab offers an unmatched viewing area with a wide, flat, and distortion-free front windshield. The glass stretches to the floor of the cab for excellent visibility to the bucket. The cab roof has channels which direct rain off the corners of the cab keeping windows clear. Front and back wiper ensure that a clear view is maintained. Internal and external rearview mirrors are standard. An optional rearview camera is available to clearly monitor movement behind the machine.
Air conditioning system is standard on the 950 GC. Ten louvered vents allow the operator to direct the air flow to remain productive and efficient all shift long. The controls are comfortably located on the right hand console. The cab air filters are located in the main unit outside of the operator environment for superior filtration and easy cleaning.
The comfort cloth mechanical suspension seat provides a variety of adjustments to suit the operator’s size and weight including fore/aft, height and weight. An air suspension seat is offered as an option. The left-hand armrest and headrest are also adjustable.
Entry and Exit
Ladders are available on both sides of the machine to easily access the platforms. Platforms are equipped with guard and hand rails for safe access to the cab. The main cab door opens to the front and provides wide access to the operator environment.
Cat C7.1 Engine
The 950 GC is powered by a Cat C7.1 engine that meets Stage IIIA (Tier 3) emission standards and features a fuel-injection system specifically designed for fuel available in emerging markets. The Engine Idle Management System (EIMS) minimizes fuel consumption by reducing engine rpm after a specified amount of idle time.
Electronically controlled, hydraulically driven variable speed fan adjusts to meet the varying cooling requirements of the machine. This results in a reduced average fan speed lowering fuel consumption, noise levels and radiator plugging. In very cold operating conditions, an optional fan drive bypass valve allows the machine systems to warm up faster to operating temperatures.
The power-shift countershaft transmission, designed and built by Caterpillar, features high contact ratio gears, meaning that there are always up-to three teeth in contact. These heat treated gears complemented by heavy duty bearings make this transmission durable, fuel efficient and produce low noise and vibration levels during operation. It is commanded by the proven Cat Electronic Long Range Transmission (ELRT) control valve, which allows full-power shifts and directional shift changes. The fully modulated shifts ensures smoothness for operators and contributes significantly to fast cycles and extended component life.
Heavy-duty axles with inboard-planetary final drives and specially heat-treated bevel gears feature hydraulically actuated wet-disc brakes. Limited-slip differentials are available for applications where increased traction is needed.
The hydraulic and electrical service centers provide grouped ground level access to numerous maintenance and service points enhancing safety and convenience for operators and service technicians. These are conveniently located under the access ladders on each side of the machine.
Grease fittings for difficult to reach components are grouped conveniently, allowing easy and quick preventive lubrication.
Components used to build Cat Wheel Loaders are designed and manufactured to Caterpillar quality standards throughout all Caterpillar facilities. The 950 GC is built on a long legacy of high performance and highly reliable wheel loaders.
Renowned Cat Dealer Support
Cat products are designed with superior quality, unsurpassed reliability, ease of serviceability and repairability and outstanding support, provided almost exclusively by Cat dealers. Cat dealers are with customers every step of the way to maximize machine uptime by providing unsurpassed worldwide parts support, trained technicians and customer support agreements. Dealers around the globe have been working with Cat customers for generations.
Cat Product Link™
Cat Product Link is a telematics solution, deeply integrated into the machine systems, allowing you to monitor the overall health of your machine including location tracking, fuel consumption and more.
Performance Series Buckets
Performance Series Buckets feature an optimized shape, longer floor, curved side walls and wider opening, allowing short load times, high fill factors ranging from 100% to 115% and better material retention. They load easy and carry more! A unique spill guard protects the cab and linkage components from material overflow. This design results in safer operation, shorter cycle times, reduced fuel consumption and overall higher production efficiency.
The 950 GC linkage generates excellent breakout force and good rack back angle for better bucket loading and load retention. Lift arms provide excellent dump clearance and reach for exceptional matching to various truck body heights. Lift and return-to-dig positions can be adjusted on the linkage.
Load Sensing Hydraulics
The 950 GC features a load sensing hydraulic system that only produces flow and pressure for the implement system when required, improving machine productivity and resulting in low fuel consumption. Operators will also notice an excellent power balance between rimpull and implements.
The optional Ride Control System improves ride, performance and load retention when traveling over rough terrain. Operators gain confidence moving at higher speeds in load and carry operations decreasing cycle times and increasing productivity.
Work Tool Attachments for All Support Functions on Your Job Site
A variety of pin-on and coupler attachments are available for 950 GC applications. Cat Work Tools are durable, reliable and designed for performance and efficiency with your Cat Wheel Loader.
Fusion™ Quick Coupler
The Fusion Quick Coupler System gives one common interface across a range of medium and small wheel loaders. A quick coupler allows one machine to use a range of different work tools on the job site. Fusion allows one work tool to be picked up by the entire range of medium and small wheel loaders. With a Fusion Coupler, performance is virtually identical to pin-on attachments. The coupler sits back, close into the loader arms - minimizing offset, enabling increased machine performance. An advanced wedging mechanism creates a tight, rattle-free fit which results in a longer coupler and attachment service life. An open coupler frame design clears sight lines from the operator’s seat to the load. Loading and unloading is done confidently and quickly with good visibility to the tool and load.