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13burnshalfthefuelofthathigher-classmachine.ThefuelburnontheWA500is5to6gallonsperhourcomparedto12to14gallonsperhourontheWA600.AcompanyusingtheWA500YardLoaderinplaceofalargermachinefor2000hoursayearwithafuelcostof4pergallonwillsave56000Donohueestimated.Plusthepurchasepriceissignifi-cantlylessthanalargermachine.AnotheradvantageistheWA500sdumpclearanceof124inches7incheshigherthantheCAT980Kyardloader.Theoperatorsitshigherinthecabsohecanseeoverthetruckssidewallandintothebedforproperloadplacement.VisibilityfrominsidethecabwhenloadingatruckissignificantlybetterthanintheCAT980KDonohueadded.TheYardLoaderArrangementisdesignedforappli-cationssuchassandandgraveloperations.KomatsuapproachedACSaboutdesigningthebucketforthisapplicationinearly2013.TheOhiocompanysuppliesseveralkindsofbucketstoKomatsu.Wewentoutandstudiedthemarketverycloselyandworkedwithourengineeringgrouptodesignalightweighthigh-strengthbucketDonohuesaid.Wewantedtomakethebucketlightweightandusetheweightsavingsinmaterialcapacity.Komatsuaddedalarger-diameterbucketcylindertotheWA500YardLoaderforincreasedbucketforcesandaddi-tionalcounterweightforbetterstabilityandtippingloads.Thewheelloaders29-inchrimsandlow-profiletiresalsoincreasestability.TheACStwo-passbucketsareanexcitingdevelop-mentinthematerial-handlingspaceandareexclusivetotheKomatsuWA500-7YardLoaderArrangement.IfyourelookingtoincreaseproductivitywhiledecreasingcostscontactyourColumbusEquipmentCompanysalesreptoday.rrangementNDLINGPROCESSANDCOSTVisibilityfrominsidethecabwhenloadingatruckissignificantlybetterthanintheCAT980K.