Upgraded compact wheeled loaders from Caterpillar
Caterpillar improves performance of compact tracked loaders
Caterpillar is introducing an array of new compact tracked loaders and multi terrain loaders that offer increased performance. The firm now offers eight D Series rubber-track loaders, which range in rated operating capacity from 1.27tonnes to 2.1tonnes. Mid-size frame models, as narrow as 1.67m, are the 257D Multi Terrain Loader (MTL) and 259D Compact Track Loader (CTL). Larger frame models are the 277D and 287D MTLs and the 279D and 289D CTLs. These six D Series models feature an electronically controlled 3.3litre engine that meets Tier 4 Final emissions standards. The CAT C3.3B engine provides 55kW, with 8% more torque and an improvement in fuel economy of 6% compared to the previous models.
The new and updated machines feature a new cab to boost operator comfort and control, new lift arm design for improved sight lines, and increased engine performance for greater productivity. The six new D Series models are replacements for their B3, C and C2 Series predecessors.
The CAT MTL and CTL models retain torsion-axle suspensions to isolate track-roller frames from the chassis, providing a smoother ride and absorbing shock loads. CAT CTLs feature durable, steel embedded track and steel undercarriage components for maximum life in aggressive applications.
The D Series models feature the CAT Intelligent Levelling (ILEV) system, which provides dual self-levelling, electronic snubbing, return-to-dig and work tool positioning.
Lift arms for all D Series machines are a new tubular design that retains excellent lift characteristics and strength while presenting a narrower profile. The sleek lift arm design improves sight lines to the sides of the machine and to the work-tool/coupler interface for better visibility and safety.