May 2018 Vol 73 No. 5

New Products

Updated PL61 Enhances Performance, Safety

An updated PL61, part of the Caterpillar full line of purpose-built pipelayers, retains its familiar comfort and easy maintenance features, while enhancing performance and safety.

Delivering 40,000 pounds of maximum load capacity, it has a 128-inch easy transport width.
For superior maneuverability on the pipeline, the new PL61 offers faster steering response than its predecessor. A more robust fuel system stands up to lower-quality fuel, and a cold weather package provides added features for cab comfort and more reliable engine starting.

Powered by a proven Cat diesel engine with ACERT Technology, the PL61 meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV/Korea Tier 4 standards, with emissions reduction technology that is transparent to the operator. A configuration is also available to meet China Nonroad Stage III, India Bharat III, Eurasian Economic Union Stage IIIA, UN ECE R96 Stage IIIA emission standards, equivalent to Tier 3/Stage IIIA.

Safety features include an available rear vision camera with a dedicated display providing added visibility to the back of the machine. The Load Monitor Indicator (LMI) is also available, and is a mandatory attachment where required to meet regional regulations.

Both open and enclosed cab models have a factory integrated Roll Over Protective Structure. The rear window exit and quick drop-release function are now common across the Cat pipelayer product line for added safety and more intuitive operation.

Like all Cat machines, the PL61 is designed for fast, easy maintenance, with ground-level access to grouped service points. The purpose-built machine means your Cat dealer is your single source for parts and service on all components. The worldwide Cat dealer network understands the unique support required by pipeline job sites, especially in remote areas.

Cat Connect LINK technologies offer telematics to wirelessly connect users to their equipment, providing valuable insight into machine or fleet performance. Product Link is deeply integrated into machines, providing easy access to timely information, such as machine location, hours, fuel usage, idle time and event codes. Data is available via the online VisionLink user interface to assist in more effectively managing the fleet and reducing operating costs.

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