Cat unveils 16 new skid steer and compact track loader models

Caterpillar Inc. is living up to its status as the world’s largest construction equipment manufacturer with the introduction of 16 new skid steers and compact track loaders, all part of its new D3 Series.

“These new machines advance the D and D2 Series’ reputation for quality, comfort, and performance and deliver improvements in operator experience, and track loader stability,” Cat wrote on its website. “An industry first, the D3 Series models also support a line of new Smart Attachments. This advanced machine technology recognizes certain attachments and tailors the controls and operator information to match the tool and the task.”

In the area of operator comfort and experience, the D3 Series features a wider opening cab door, making it easier for operators to enter and exit the machines. Operators also have more space inside the cab thanks to an increased distance between joystick pods.

Each D3 Series compact track loader uses a two-speed travel system. “The powerful Cat 279D3 and 289D3 loaders boast an 8.4 mph (13.6 kph) top-end ground speed, a 20 percent increase over their D Series counterparts. The Cat 239D3 and 249D3 models are now built with 2-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.”

The new machines also come equipped with advanced control features to make tasks like grading, digging and loading smoother, and operators’ jobs easier in general.

A stand-out machine in the D3 Series line is the new Cat 299D3 XE Land Management compact track loader, specifically designed for vegetation-management applications like mulching, brush cutting and mowing. Cat writes:

“Ensuring optimum performance when powering high-production hydromechanical attachments like mulching heads, this machine boasts a turbocharged 110 gross horsepower (82 kW) Cat C3.8 engine that combines with a 40 gpm (150 L/min) high-flow/high-pressure auxiliary hydraulic system, producing a hydraulic horsepower rating of 94 hp (70 kW). ”

Visit the company’s website for specs and other information.

Jeffrey Boyle

Jeffrey Boyle is from Madison, Wisconsin, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in business communications. When he's not reading or writing about construction equipment and machinery, he can probably be found walking--or being walked by--his three Boston Terriers.