Compact Equipment

JUL 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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T R A C T O R S S K I D S T E E R S 26 Compact Equipment JULY/AUGUST 2018 S K I D S T E E R S Caterpillar Eight Models from the Famed Global Brand cat.com Advice to Buyers "Consider access for daily service and routine mainte- nance items," explains Kevin Coleman, senior product specialist with Cat. "All ma- chines are not created equal in this area. Daily checks and fill items, such as engine oil should be easy to accomplish without having to reach into areas where components may be hot. Routine maintenance items, like cleaning and re- placing the engine air filter, should be quick and simple without requiring bolts or panels to be removed." C aterpillar launched its first skid steer loader models in 1999, releasing four ra- dial-lift loaders that were the result of customer-driven, ground-up, internal design, says the company. Today, Caterpillar offers eight skid steer models, both radial and vertical in design. All machines come standard with a hydraulically driven demand fan, separating the engine speed from the cooling fan speed. This is critical in the toughest con- ditions when the engine lugs down and the machine needs the fastest fan speed for cooling. The hydraulically driven cooling fan, combined with the high-capacity cooling system, allows customers to work all day. The standard hydraulic fan also features Demand Fan functionality, which matches fan speed with the machine's cooling needs, delivering improved fuel efficiency, lower noise levels, better cold weather heater performance and maximum available engine horsepower for optimal machine performance, says Cat. The Cat High Flow XPS hydraulic system offers increased flow (up to 33 gpm) as well as higher pressure (up to 4,061 psi), which provides more speed and more torque to the work tool. The largest Cat skid steer model, the 110-gross- hp 272D2 XHP, provides even higher flow (up to 40 gpm) with higher pressure up to 4,061 psi. These high-flow, high-pressure auxiliary hydraulic systems provide productivity in applica- tions utilizing high torque tools such as cold planers, wheel saws or mulching heads. The D Series models offer the operator excellent sight lines to the work tool, sides of the ma- chine and tracks/tires via loader arm and cab designs focused on visibility. Visibility to the sides and rear of the machine is fur- ther enhanced with a standard rearview mirror. The optional rearview camera, available on all models, provides a wide- angle picture of the blind spots and hard to see areas behind skid steer loaders. The optional enclosed cab provides a clean and quiet operator environ- ment via a one-piece, modular design for maximum sealing and pressurization. A standard security system provides protection from unwanted operation and theft. Additional control features are incorporated into the optional, 5-in., heads-up, LCD, in-cabin monitor that provides the operator the capability to customize up to 15 dif- ferent parameters. Model Engine Horsepower Net HP Operating Capacity 50 Percent Bucket Breakout Force Operating Weight Tip Load Lift Height (Orientation) Height to Hinge Pin 226D 66 hp 1,550 lbs 3,983 lbs 5,705 lbs 3,100 lbs 9 ft, 2.9 in. (Radial) 232D 66 hp 1,850 lbs 3,984 lbs 6,213 lbs 3,700 lbs 9 ft, 10.1 in. (Vertical) 236D 73 hp 1,800 lbs 5,074 lbs 6,559 lbs 3,600 lbs 10 ft, 2.9 in. (Radial) 242D 73 hp 2,150 lbs 5,034 lbs 6,980 lbs 4,300 lbs 10 ft, 1.1 in. (Vertical) 246D 73 hp 2,150 lbs 7,355 lbs 7,424 lbs 4,300 lbs 10 ft, 4.2 in. (Radial) 262D 73 hp 2,700 lbs 7,355 lbs 8,011 lbs 5,400 lbs 10 ft, 4.9 in. (Vertical) 272D2 95 hp 3,400 lbs 7,443 lbs 8,768 lbs 6,800 lbs 10 ft, 7.1 in. (Vertical) 272D2 XHP 106 hp 3,650 lbs 7,362 lbs 9,255 lbs 7,300 lbs 10 ft, 8.6 in. (Vertical)

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