October 2019 Vol. 74 No. 10

New Products

New Cat D3 Series SSLs, CTLs Advance Reputation, Deliver Improvements

Caterpillar released 16 new D3 Series skid steer loader (SSL) and compact track loader (CTL) models that advance the D and D2 Series’ reputation for quality, comfort and performance, and deliver improvements in operator experience, stability and technology. 

For operators, entering and exiting the new D3 Series loaders equipped with an enclosed cab is now easier thanks to a wider opening cab door. Additionally, the distance between joystick pods has increased by 3 in (76 mm), offering extra space for a more comfortable experience.

Cat SSLs and CTLs offer advanced control features that include Return-to-Dig and Work Tool Positioner to assist operators with repetitive tasks like grading, digging and loading. These items are now bundled together with the dual-direction, self-level feature so that even more operators can take advantage of completing these tasks with less user interaction and expertise.

An industry first, the D3 Series models support new Smart Attachments technology that automatically recognizes this line of attachments and converts machine controls to align with the operational and informational needs of a particular attachment.

New D3 Series CTLs deliver improved operating stability while handling heavy loads, grading or truck loading. Changes to the undercarriage frame and torsion axles reduce machine pitching and rocking, while still offering superior ride comfort.

The CTLs feature standard, two-speed travel to improve performance at the job site. These machines are geared to deliver high-torque digging performance, as well as high top-end speed for travel. The powerful Cat 279D3 and 289D3 loaders boast an 8.4-mile-per-hour (13.6 kph) top-end ground speed – a 20 percent increase over their D Series counterparts.

Cat 239D3 and 249D3 models are now built with two-speed transmission as standard, versus the previous single speed, increasing travel speed by 9 percent and aligning these models with the rest of the two-speed equipped CTL model range.

In conjunction with the new D3 Series, the “XHP” identifier previously used with the 272 and 299 models was replaced with “XE,” representing the highest performance and most-advanced technology available in the Cat SSL and CTL line.

To provide longer intervals of uninterrupted work, 299D3 XE Land Management CTL has a 58.1-gallon (220 L) fuel capacity – 80 percent larger than the standard 299D3 XE model and providing an estimated run time of 11 to 12 hours. Its one-piece sealed and pressurized cab keeps the operator’s environment clean and quiet, which is especially important for customers working the long shifts in the challenging conditions of these applications.

Additional seals, covers and other special parts are standard for 299D3 XE Land Management, to restrict debris and other materials from entering the engine compartment and lower frame, while large removable panels provide easy access to aid in routine cleaning. A turbine-type pre-cleaner ejects dust, dirt and debris from engine-intake airflow before it reaches the filter, thus extending air-filter service life. •


Caterpillar, (888) 614-4328, cat.com

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