Caterpillar has expanded its Heavy-Duty line of Class 8 work trucks with the CT681 Vocational Truck, a set-forward axle model designed for customers who prefer a longer wheelbase truck and for those who must comply with restrictive load limitations on bridges and roads.
The CT681 has been working in a variety of field testing applications since the third quarter of 2013, involving more than a dozen customers across North America. Applications include snow plow, concrete mixer, water truck, dump and super dump.
“Customers who are hauling heavy loads or working in extreme conditions truly appreciate the CT681’s rugged durability and styling,” said Dave Schmitz, Global On-Highway Truck Product Manager. “We designed it to work hard and last for years, even in the toughest applications.”
Featuring a 114-in. bumper-to-back-of-cab (BBC), the CT681 is powered by a CT Series vocational truck engine and is available with the Cat CX31 automatic transmission. An optional Front Frame Extension (FFE) along with a front engine PTO (FEPTO) make it easy to mount attachments. Mixer installation is also simplified thanks to vertical tie-in plates mounted behind the cab.
The CT681 shares many common features and components with the CT660, including a spacious, ergonomic cab designed to boost driver productivity and safety.