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With over 40 years’ experience and over 6,500 battery-powered units produced, the Cat® scoop is the obvious choice for a low-maintenance, high-productivity utility vehicle. The products from the No. 1 manufacturer of battery-powered mining machinery are setting the pace in efficient and reliable underground utility vehicles. The SU488 is the strongest and most rugged low-profile scoop ever built.


Height to Top of Cab 3.84 ft 1170.0 mm Less
Payload Capacity 16.0 tons 14.5 tonnes Less
Length 28.83 ft 8788.0 mm Less
Height to Top of Body 2.83 ft 864.0 mm Less
Width 9.83 ft 2997.0 mm Less

The Cat Control System

We have led the way in increasing the productivity of battery powered mining equipment.

State-of-the-Art Drive Technology

Optional HiPAC 10 VFD – The Cat HiPAC 10 is a DC to AC variable-frequency inverter control that drives high-performance AC electronic motors, which have a superior speed-torque characteristics.

Mine Duty, 37 kW/50 hp Tram Motor

The scoop is equipped with a 50 hp, 110 V DC, class H insulation series wound traction motor.

Explosion Proof, 11.9 kW/16 hp Pump Motor

All Cat utility scoops feature large hydraulic fluid reservoirs for maximum cooling capacity. Each reservoir is equipped for easy fluid-level monitoring.

Heavy-duty Drive Train

With options and features like full inboard planetary axles and bulletproof outboard and hub-end planetary axles, the Cat Scoop is the right combination for any application.

Human-factor Engineered Operator’s Compartment

For long-shift productivity, operator comfort is paramount for maintaining a safe working environment.

Heavy-duty Center Section

To provide superior stability in tough conditions, the scoop offers ball bearing oscillation. The problems associated with three-point-hitch style oscillation are eliminated with the robust design of the pivot section.

Environmentally Responsible

The Cat Diesel Power pack, in both permissible and non-permissible configurations, is the cleanest power pack available for the underground mining environment.

Diesel Options

Cat diesel-powered equipment boasts the most efficient engines and powertrains available while ensuring the lowest levels of emissions. The SU488 D is capable of operating for long distances at high speeds and is designed for challenging roadway conditions with steep gradients. The unit has SAHR Braking systems and can be available for PA or WV operations.

SU488 DN Standard Equipment

Oversize center sections

Tape switch type emergency stops

Wet-disc service brakes

Cat IGBT electric controllers (optional HIPAC 10 AC drive)

Multi-purpose contoured bottom bucket

Planetary wheel drives

Ground-level battery change system

SU488 DN Optional Equipment

Vertical lift and tilt

Dual tram motors

Battery sizes from 550 to 1,500 Amp/hrs

Two-speed winch

Heavy-duty, forged steel fork frame

Special rock bucket

Hydraulically operated cab assembly

Cat Control Stick

Diesel versions available

AC Motors with VFD Control System

A Commitment to the Mining Industry

As the demand for commodities grows, mining companies need a partner to support them in their efforts. Caterpillar is committed to being that partner.

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Mining Financial Services

Cat Financial is the single best resource for all your international mining finance needs, with capabilities to offer everything from leasing and general financing to project and structured financing.

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