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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J ust two years after Caterpillar entered the compact equipment market with its skid steer loader in 1999, its first rubber track loaders were released. The loaders entered the market touting standard, independent, fully-suspended rubber track undercarriages. This line has been expanded and today Caterpillar offers eight rubber track loader models in the lineup, including both radial-lift path and vertical-lift path machines. Cat rubber track loaders offer low ground pressures and ground disturbance, so they can work in environments where skid steer loaders can't. The rubber track loader mod- el line is comprised of machines ranging from 67 to 110 gross hp. All Cat rubber track loader models feature a fully independent undercarriage suspension system. The tor- sion axle suspension system provides improved traction and flotation by allowing the undercarriage to move and react to the underfoot conditions to keep the maximum amount of track on the ground at all times. The undercarriage suspension system also distributes the machine load to greatly reduce shock and vibration throughout the machine to provide greater load retention and a more comfortable ride, even when operating at higher speeds. Cat also offers a High Flow XPS hydraulic system providing increased flow (up to 33 gpm) as well as higher pressure (up to 4,061 psi), which delivers more speed and more torque to the work tool. The largest Cat rubber track model, the 110-gross-hp 299D2 XHP, provides even higher flow (up to 40 gpm) with higher pressure up to 4,061 psi. These high-flow, high-pressure auxiliary hy- draulic systems provide productivity in ap- plications utilizing high torque tools such as cold planers, wheel saws, heavy-duty brush cutters or mulching heads. The D Series models offer the operator sight lines to the work tool, sides of the machine and tracks via loader arm and cab designs fo- cused on visibility. Visibility to the sides and rear of the machine is further enhanced with a standard rearview mirror. The rearview cam- era, available on all models, provides a wide- angle picture of the hard-to-see areas behind track loaders. The optional enclosed cab pro- vides a clean and quiet operator environment via a one-piece, modular design for maximum sealing and pressurization. A standard securi- ty system provides protection from unwanted operation and theft. Additional control fea- tures are incorporated into the optional, 5-in., heads-up, full-color LCD monitor that provides the operator the capability to customize up to 15 different parameters. Each of these parameters, which include language choice, display preferences and machine performance adjustments, are retained for each individual operator code. Additional operator control features, independent of the Advanced Display, can de- liver added value in certain work tasks, such as Electronic Dual Self Leveling for materi- al handling, Return-to-Dig for truck loading applications and the Work Tool Positioner for use with a wide portfolio of work tools. All of this can be utilized for additional machine and operator productivity when performing specific tasks. 44 Compact Equipment JULY/AUGUST 2018 T R A C K L O A D E R S Caterpillar Eight Rubber Track Models from the Famed Brand cat.com Advice to Buyers "Look for a machine that provides you with the tools to be successful," explains Kevin Coleman, senior product spe- cialist with Cat. "A machine should deliver sight lines to all areas around the machine for maximum efficiency and safe operation on the jobsite. Also consider features that increase efficiency for frequent tasks that the machine may be do- ing such as dual direction self- leveling for material loading and handling, return-to-dig for truck loading cycles or creep speed control for a high-quality finish and maximum produc- tivity with work tool attach- ments." Model Engine Horsepower Net HP Operating Capacity 50 Percent Operating Capacity 35 Percent Operating Weight (Ground Pressure) Tip Load Lift Height (Orientation) Height to Hinge Pin 239D 66 hp 2,050 lbs 1,435 lbs 7,289 lbs (5.3/4.6 psi) 4,100 lbs 9 ft, 3.2 in. (Radial) 249D 66 hp 2,300 lbs 1,610 lbs 7,685 lbs (5.6/4.8 psi) 4,600 lbs 9 ft, 10.2 in. (Vertical) 257D 73 hp 2,800 lbs 1,960 lbs 8,048 lbs (4.5 psi) 5,600 lbs 10 ft, 1.7 in. (Vertical) 259D 73 hp 2,900 lbs 2,030 lbs 8,846 lbs (6/4.8 psi) 5,800 lbs 10 ft, 1 in. (Vertical) 279D 73 hp 2,935 lbs 2,055 lbs 9,893 lbs (4.9/4.4 psi) 5,870 lbs 10 ft, 5 in. (Radial) 289D 73 hp 3,800 lbs 2,660 lbs 10,533 lbs (5.2/4.6 psi) 7,600 lbs 10 ft, 5.1 in. (Vertical) 299D2 95 hp 4,600 lbs 3,200 lbs 11,275 lbs (5.2/4.6 psi) 9,200 lbs 10 ft, 6.3 in. (Vertical) 299D2 XHP 106 hp 4,725 lbs 3,308 lbs 11,608 lbs (5.3 psi) 9,450 lbs 10 ft, 6.3 in. (Vertical)

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