The company is now turning its attention toward the next century by introducing its latest advancement in track-type tractors, the D8T. The D8T is the first off-road machine from Caterpillar to utilize ACERT Technology, and is its first commercially available off-road machine to meet EPA Tier III emissions standards. ACERT technology will also be used across the company's line of construction and mining equipment.
In addition to the C15 engine with ACERT Technology, the 310-hp D8T includes a newly designed operator workstation, placing machine controls and vital information at the operator's fingertips. It also includes integrated electronic control and guidance systems to improve overall machine capacity utilization.
The first new D8T model was purchased by Site Concrete Inc., a Grand Prairie, TX-based heavy construction company with a fleet of more than 250 Caterpillar machines. The new unit was purchased from HOLT CAT and was delivered almost 100 years to the day after the introduction of the very first track-type unit.
My great-grandfather developed the first practical track-type tractor, which he named the 'Caterpillar', so it's very appropriate that a HOLT customer will be the first to buy the latest version of the Caterpillar track-type tractor," says Peter M. Holt, CEO of HOLT CAT.