Caterpillar offers 16 new D3 Series skid-steer loader (SSL) and compact track loader (CTL) models that advance the D and D2 Series quality, comfort and performance and deliver improvements in operator experience and track loader stability. They also support a line of new Smart Attachments.
Entering and exiting loaders with an enclosed cab is now easier thanks to a wider opening cab door. The distance between joystick pods has also increased by 3 in., offering extra space for the operator inside the cab.
The 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 enhanced ride comfort.
All D3 Series CTLs feature standard two-speed travel. The 279D3 and 289D3 loaders boast an 8.4-mph top-end ground speed, a 20% increase over their D Series counterparts. The 239D3 and 249D3 are now built with a two-speed transmission as standard, increasing travel speed by 9% and aligning these models with the rest of the two-speed-equipped CTL model range.
All D3 Series models deliver Smart Technology that allows for a higher level of integration between the machine and new Smart Attachments. This technology will allow the loaders to automatically recognize Smart Attachments and convert machine controls to align with the operational and informational needs of that attachment.
Advanced control features that include Return-to-Dig and Work Tool Positioner assist operators with repetitive tasks like grading, digging, and loading. These items are now bundled with the dual direction self-level feature so operators can take advantage of features that automate machine functions.
New Purpose-built Model
Also included is the D3 Series is a new purpose-built 299D3 XE Land Management, designed to deliver optimal performance in demanding vegetation-management applications. This machine boasts a turbocharged 110-gross-hp Cat C3.8 engine that combines with a 40-gpm high-flow/high-pressure auxiliary hydraulic system to produce a hydraulic horsepower rating of 94 hp. It also has a 58.1-gal. fuel capacity.
Other features of this model include a one-piece sealed and pressurized cab; additional seals, covers and other special parts as to restrict debris ingress into the engine compartment and lower frame; and large removable panels for easy access to aid in routine cleaning. The unit also comes factory-equipped with components that provide guarding to protect front and rear LED work lights, work-tool coupler area, work-tool electrical harness connections, and auxiliary-hydraulic quick-disconnect fittings.
The cooling system’s hydraulically driven fan operates on demand, while the reversing fan feature clears intake screens of debris for cooler operation in high ambient temperatures.