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Scoops(Non Current)

Caterpillar offers a broad line of room & pillar products that have undergone extensive redesign and re-engineering to deliver the highest performance available in the marketplace.

SU488 L Scoop

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. These battery-powered mining machines are setting the pace in efficient and reliable underground utility vehicles. The SU488 L is one of the strongest and most rugged low-profile scoops ever built.

  • Specification Summary

  • Height to Top of Cab1120.0 mm
  • Payload Capacity9.1 tonnes
  • Length8760.0 mm
  • Operating Height864 mm (and above) [34 in (and above)]
  • Power TypeBattery
  • Product Brochure


Product Details


Height to Top of Cab 1120.0 mm
Payload Capacity 9.1 tonnes
Length 8760.0 mm
Operating Height 864 mm (and above) [34 in (and above)]
Power Type Battery

Drive Train

Axles Heavy duty axles. Features outboard planetary, SAHR brakes, brake cooling and optional Diff-Lock
Drive Lines Heavy duty off-highway, 7C type driveshafts with slip joints
Reducer A foot mounted 3.33:1 ratio gearbox


Service and Emergency/Park Spring applied hydraulic release SAHR
Service and Emergency/Park 4-wheel wet disc
Service and Emergency/Park Controlled by reverse modulating valve
Service and Emergency/Park Left pedal activated

Tire/Wheel Option

Options 28×15-15 Tires - Customer specified tire brand and fill type.
Options 35×15-15 Tires - Customer specified tire brand and fill type.
Options 32×15-15 Tires - Customer specified tire brand and fill type.

Machine Battery

Components Battery Tray
Components Battery Filling System
Components Battery Receptacle Kit
Components Battery with Plastisol Coated Tray (Single Connector)

Lift and Carry Capacity

Capacity 9.1 tonnes (10 tons) at 1220 mm (48 in) from bucket mounting pin


Hydraulic Hose and Fittings JIC fittings with high pressure hosing; MSHA 2G flame resistant approved.
Hydraulic PTO Two (2) quick coupler connections, 8.27 MPa (1,200 psi) maximum recommended operating pressure.
Lift Cylinder Two (2) 152 mm (6 in) bore, double acting cylinders with forged rods and self-aligning bushings.
Reservoir Fill System Fill cap assembly in top of reservoir tank.
Steering Cylinder Two (2) 127 mm (5 in) bore, double acting cylinders with forged rods and self-aligning bearings.

Auxiliary Components

Components Battery Change Cables


Overall Length (with bucket) 8760.0 mm
Overall Width (at bucket) 2920.0 mm


Scoop Utility Empty Weights – Less Battery 12700.0 kg
Scoop Utility Empty Weights – With 64-SS55-21 Battery 16220.0 kg
Scoop Utility Empty Weights – With 64-SS85-21 Battery 19277.0 kg

Battery Charger Options

Options Dual Output for Two Batteries
Options Single Output for One Battery

Operator Control Options

Options Left hand control stick that incorporates the most common operator functions.
Options Tapeswitch stop switches located on both sides of operator.
Options Manual Disconnect Switch.

Battery Plug – Single Connector Option

Options Battery plug is rated at 600 amps.
Options J&R 2000, 5-pole, Brass with Captive Wrench - brass plug with a captive wrench to install or remove the battery plugs.
Options Other connector options available upon request.


Tram Speed 8.0 km/h

Operator’s Compartment

Components Extended Operator’s Deck
Components Right Foot Accelerator Pedal
Components Left Foot Brake Pedal
Components Tape Strip Panic Switch that De-energizes Electrical System and Applies Automatic Brake
Components Warning Gong
Components Manual Circuit Breaker Lever Re-set Handle
Components Park Brake Release Pressure Gauge
Components System Pressure Gauge
Components Accumulator Pressure Gauge
Valve Bank Hydraulic – Functions: • Steering • Bucket • Bucket Eject • Winch/Power Take Off • Battery Changer

Electrical Controls

Types Mine duty, 600 amp frame circuit breaker, with UVR (under voltage release) trip unit.


Types Two Battery Maintenance Manuals
Types Two Parts Manuals
Types One LinkOne CD which includes all above manuals in electronic format
Types Two Electrical Troubleshooting Guides
Types Two Battery Maintenance Charts
Types Two Operation and Preventive Maintenance Manuals

Lighting System Option

Options Ocenco, Halogen, 12V DC, 50 watt - two front headlights with protective guard, and two rear headlights with protective guard.
Options MCI 12V
Options MCI 120V

Control System

Controlled Productivity

We have led the way in increasing the productivity of battery powered mining equipment. Our control system eliminates commutating coils and capacitor banks and is able to provide a microprocessor-based motor controller. Using the dash-mounted diagnostic display and the handheld calibrator/diagnostic unit, difficulties can be overcome in short order.

Drive Technology

High-performance AC power for more efficiency

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. It is up to 14% more efficient than traditional DC motors. This means higher loaded tram speeds, more responsive hydraulic functions and more work per battery charge.

Tram Motor

Higher loaded tram speeds

The scoop is equipped with a 37.3 kW (50 hp), 110V DC, class H insulation series wound traction motor. An optional 74.6 kW (100 hp) AC tram motor is available with the HiPAC 10 VFD Control System.

Pump Motor

Explosion proof with 11.9 kW/16 hp

All Cat utility scoops feature large hydraulic fluid reservoirs for maximum cooling capacity. Each reservoir is equipped for easy fluid-level monitoring. The machines are provided with 10-micron return line filtration and a magnetic particle sump strainer. For long life and dependability, the main implement pumps are helical gear, fixed displacement. Dash-mounted gauges provide the operator with continuous monitoring of the status of the hydraulic system. An optional 35 kW (47 hp) AC pump motor with HiPAC 10 VFD Control System is available.

Drive Train

Unparalleled speed and maximum reliability

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. For unparalleled speed and maximum reliability, the SU488 L offers dual 37.3 kW (50 hp) tram motors.

Axle Diff-Lock

4-wheel drive on-demand

Four-wheel drive for when conditions get tough, planetary axles with wet disc service brakes, helical, parallel gearbox, spring applied, hydraulically-released parking brakes and other features all combine to provide rock climbing gradeability. With the ability to engage a battery from below grade, and to vary the ground clearance of the battery in undulating conditions, the Cat scoop is able to thrive in varying mining environments.

Center Section

Heavy-duty construction for maximum reliability

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. High-strength, low-alloy steel bearing attachment faces and quality ANSI/AWS welding help provide the reliability that our customers demand. The articulation joint features hardened spherical bushings to ensure even load distribution to the high-strength, hardened articulation pins.

Operator Comfort

Human-factor engineered operator’s compartment

For long-shift productivity, operator comfort is paramount for maintaining a safe working environment. At Caterpillar, ergonomics is not just another marketing buzzword. Controls are placed in a logical, easy-to-reach position and are easily operated from the fully padded, adjustable seat.


Designed with safety as top priority

All Cat battery-powered face haulers and scoops are designed with safety and productivity as number one priorities. The scoop safety features include:
  • Panic strips in the operator’s compartment
  • Emergency stop buttons
  • Fire suppression (automatic or manual activation) on both sides of the machine
  • Steering lockout
  • Proximity detection (on request)
  • Spring applied, hydraulic release brakes
  • Two key start functions
  • Warning gongs
  • Start up audible alarms (optional)
  • Canopy over operator’s compartment
  • Schroder Test Mate
    • PA Approval Kit
      • Park Brake Pressure Switch
        • Center Section Lock Bar
          • Venturi Jet Fill
            • Traction Motor Over Speed Protection
              • BUC 2000 Hand Held Calibrator (Control Adjustments and Troubleshooting)

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