• 56,262 - 56,416 lbs Operating Weight
  • 299 @2000 rpm Horsepower
  • 6 - 6.5 yd¬≥ Bucket Capacity


Equipped with an EPA Tier 4 Final certified emissions regulations-compliant engine, the WA480-8 Wheel Loader is the latest addition to the wheel loader family. Combining higher production with lower fuel costs, improved operator comfort and enhanced serviceability, this machine is ideal for quarry, infrastructure and non-residential construction applications.

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Advanced Joystick Steering System (AJSS)

Allows steering and directional travel to be controlled by wrist and finger control to minimize operator fatigue in high duty cycle applications. AJSS allows for full speed travel speed while maintaining precise steering and control.

Automatic Digging System

Boom and bucket automatically raise, removing the need for operators to move levers to fill the bucket.

New Bucket Design

The newly designed bucket improves overall machine productivity. Generous curves on the side wall and wrap improve pile penetration and make it easy to fill. They also improve material retention in carry operations.

Load Meter (with 2V)

The Load Meter displays what material weighs in the bucket. Only available in two-valve/two-lever machines.

Optional Printer for Load Meter

The printer generates a ticket (or receipt) telling the operator the weight of the material deposited into the loading truck.

New Operator Seat with Electronic Pilot Control (EPC) Levers

A new air suspension seat provides enhanced support on rough roads and dampens machine vibrations, providing a more comfortable ride for the operator. An EPC lever console is integrated in the seat and moves with the seat. The angle of the armrest is fully adjustable for optimum operator comfort. A secondary F-N-R switch is incorporated in work equipment lever configurations. A heated seat is standard.

Tier 4 Final Engine

The Komatsu SAA6D125E-7 engine is EPA Tier 4 Final emissions certified and provides exceptional performance while reducing fuel consumption. Based on Komatsu proprietary technologies developed over many years, this new diesel engine reduces nitrogen oxides (NOx) by more than 80% when compared to Tier 4 interim levels.



Komatsu SAA6D125E-7*
Water-cooled, 4-cycle
Turbo-charged, after-cooled, cooled EGR
Number of cylinders
Bore x stroke 125 mm x 150 mm 4.9" x 5.9"
Piston displacement 11.04 ltr 674 in³
all-speed, electronic

    SAE J1995 - Gross 244 kW 301HP
    ISO 9249/SAE J1349 - Net 223 kW 299 HP
    Rated rpm
2000 rpm
Fan drive method for radiator cooling
Fuel system
Direct injection
Lubrication system:

Gear pump, force-lubrication
Full-flow type
Air cleaner
Dry type with double elements and dust evacuator, plus dust indicator
*EPA Tier 4 Final emissions certified    


Torque converter: 3-elements, 1-stage, 2-phase
Transmission Automatic full-powershift, countershaft type
Travel speed: (Measured with 26.5-R25 tires) Forward Reverse
1st 7.3 km/h
4.5 mph
7.5 km/h
4.7 mph
2nd 12.7 km/h
7.9 mph
13.1 km/h
8.1 mph
2nd (Lock-up clutch ON) 13.3 km/h
8.3 mph
13.8 km/h
8.6 mph
3rd 22.2 km/h
13.8 mph
22.9 km/h
14.2 mph
3nd (Lock-up clutch ON) 23.8 km/h
14.8 mph
24.5 km/h
15.2 mph
4th 35.4 km/h
22.0 mph
36.6 km/h
22.7 mph
4nd (Lock-up clutch ON) 38.5 km/h
24.0 mph
39.0 km/h
24.2 mph

Axles and Final Drives

Drive system Four-wheel drive
Front Fixed, semi-floating
Rear Center-pin support, semi-floating, 26° total oscillation
Reduction gear Spiral bevel gear
Differential gear Conventional type
Final reduction gear Planetary gear, single reduction


Service brakes Hydraulically actuated, wet disc brakes actuate on four wheels
Parking brake Wet disc brake
Emergency brake Parking brake is commonly used

Steering System

Type Articulated type, full-hydraulic power steering
Steering angle 35° each direction (40° to max end stop)
Minimum turning radius at the center of outside tire 6630 mm 21'9"

Hydraulic System

Steering system:

    Hydraulic pump
Piston pump
    Capacity (at rated rpm)
195 ltr/min 51.5 U.S. gal/min
    Relief valve setting 24.5 MPa / 250 kgf/cm² 3,555 psi
    Hydraulic cylinders:

Double-acting, piston type
        Number of cylinders
            Bore x stroke 90 mm x 441 mm 3.5" x 17.3"
Loader control:

    Hydraulic pump
Piston pump
    Capacity (at rated rpm)
260 ltr/min 68.7 U.S. gal/min
    Relief valve setting 34.3 MPa / 350 kgf/cm² 4,980 psi
    Hydraulic cylinders:

Double-acting, piston type
        Number of cylinders—bore x stroke:

            Lift cylinder / 2 140 mm x 881 mm 5.5" x 34.7"
            Bucket cylinder / 1 180 mm x 572 mm 7.1" x 22.5"
    Control valve
2-spool type
    Control positions:

Raise, hold, lower, and float
Tilt-back, hold, and dump
    Hydraulic cycle time (rated load in bucket)

1.9 s
        Lower (Empty)
3.8 s

Service Refill Capacities

Cooling system 81 ltr 21.4 U.S. gal
Fuel tank 380 ltr 100.4 U.S. gal
Engine 38 ltr 10.0 U.S. gal
Hydraulic system 173 ltr 45.7 U.S. gal
Axle front 59 ltr 15.6 U.S. gal
Axle rear 59 ltr 15.6 U.S. gal
Torque converter and transmission 65 ltr 17.2 U.S. gal
DEF tank
36 ltr 9.5 U.S. gal


  • 2-spool valve for boom and bucket control
  • Alternator, 90 A
  • Auto shift transmission with mode select system
  • Automatic Digging System
  • Automatic hydraulic-driven fan with automatic reverse rotation
  • Back-up alarm
  • Batteries, 140 Ah/12V (2), 930 CCA
  • Battery disconnect with lockout
  • Boom Kick-out, in-cab adjustable
  • Bucket Positioner, in-cab adjustable, 3 positions
  • Color rear view camera and monitor
  • Counterweight, standard and additional
  • Electronically Controlled Suspension System (ECSS)
  • Engine, Komatsu SAA6D125E-7 diesel
  • Engine shut-off system, electric
  • EPC fingertip controls with F-N-R switch, two levers
  • Equipment Management Monitoring System (EMMS)
    - Lights (central warning, brake oil pressure, engine oil pressure, parking brake, cooling fan reverse, KDPF restriction, seat belt caution, Komtrax message)
    - Gauges (Engine water temperature, ecology, fuel level, DEF level, hydraulic oil temperature, speedometer/tachometer)
  • Front fenders
  • Fuel pre-filter with water separator
  • Horn, electric
  • Integrated Load Meter (2 lever only)
  • Komatsu SmartLoader Logic
  • Komatsu Auto Idle Shutdown
  • KOMTRAX® Level 5
  • Lift cylinders and bucket cylinder
  • Lights
    - Back-up light, LED
    - Stop and tail light, LED
    - Turn signal lamps, 2 front and 2 rear with hazard switch
    - Working lights, halogen, 2 front cab mount
    - Working lights, halogen, 2 front fender mount
    - Working lights, halogen, 2 rear grill mount
  • Loader linkage with standard lift arm
  • Lock-up torque converter
  • Parking brake, electric
  • Radiator, wider core
  • Radiator mask, swing out
  • Rear full fenders
  • Rear view mirrors, outside (2) inside (2)
  • Rims for 26.5-25 tires
  • ROPS/FOPS Cab Level 2
    - 2 x DC12V electrical outlets
    - Ashtray
    - Auto air conditioner
    - Cigarette lighter, 24V
    - Color LCD/TFT multi-monitor
    - Cup holder
    - Floor mat
    - Operator seat, reclining, air suspension type, heated
    - Radio, AM/FM with AUX input jack
    - Rear defroster, electric
    - Seatbelt, 2-point retractable, 76mm 3" width
    - Space for Lunch box
    - Steering wheel, tilt and telescopic
    - Sun visor, front window
    - Windshield washer and wiper, front with intermittent
    - Windshield washer and wiper, rear
  • Service brakes, wet disc type
  • Starting motor, 7.5 kW
  • Transmission, 4 forward and 4 reverse
  • Vandalism protection kit, padlocks for battery box (2)


  • Advanced Joystick Steering System (AJSS)
  • Auto Lube System
  • Auxiliary steering (SAE)
  • Block heater and oil pan heater
  • Cutting edge (bolt-on type)
  • Engine pre-cleaner with extension
  • Limited slip differential (F&R)
  • Load Meter Printer (2 lever only)
  • Monolever loader control with transmission F-N-R switch (not compatible with AJSS)
  • Various tire options, radial and bias
  • Various bucket options