MASSIVE Cat 992K wheel loader test.
Finalists at the 2008 Caterpillar Operator Challenge had to get to grips with this massive machine
Caterpillar Inc. is a United
States-based corporation headquartered
in Peoria, Illinois. Caterpillar is,
according to their corporate website,
"the world's largest manufacturer of
construction and mining equipment,
diesel and natural gas engines, and
industrial gas turbines." Caterpillar
produces a wide range of heavy
equipment, including the range of
Caterpillar bulldozers. Caterpillar's
line of vehicles range from tracked
tractors to hydraulic excavators,
backhoe loaders, motor graders,
off-highway trucks, wheel loaders, and
agricultural tractors. They are used in
construction, road-building, mining,
forestry, energy, transportation and
Caterpillar is one of the thirty
companies whose stock is tracked in the
Dow Jones Industrial Average. It is a
Fortune 500 company, ranked number 50 in
2008, and first in its industry, with
more than $30 billion in assets. Source:
Caterpillar Operator Challenge
The Caterpillar Operator Challenge is the world's only international competition bringing together construction equipment operators from very different backgrounds and specialties into a standardized contest that measures operator skills.
In November 2008, for the 11th consecutive year, Caterpillar's Demonstration and Learning Center in Malaga, Spain, was the stage for the Caterpillar Operator Challenge.
A wheel loader is a type of tractor, usually wheeled, sometimes on tracks, that has a front mounted square wide bucket connected to the end of two booms (arms) to scoop up loose material from the ground and move it from one place to another without pushing the material across the ground. A loader is commonly used to move a stockpiled material from ground level and deposit it into an awaiting dump truck or into an open trench excavation.