Jul. 26, 2020
Caterpillar, Deerfield, Ill., celebrated the success of the elevated sprocket design in the medium dozer class by producing three commemorative units denoting a 175,000-unit milestone in May. In 1985, the company expanded its elevated sprocket undercarriage concept to its medium track-type tractor (MTTT) line with the launch of the H-Series models.
With travel and gathering restrictions resulting from the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the company cancelled in-person celebrations to mark the milestone. However, three customers took possession of the commemorative units, which feature special decals on the fenders denoting the 175,000-unit milestone.
The 175,000 image appears inside the cab as well, where it is embroidered on the headrest and printed on a plaque denoting each unit’s limited-edition status. Built in East Peoria, Ill., the first two commemorative units were Cat D6 XE electric drive dozers, featuring a dark gray and black paint scheme. The third unit, a D6 dozer with four-speed, fully automatic transmission, is finished in traditional Cat yellow with special black tracks and blade.
Goodfellow Bros., Wenatchee, Wash., received one of the D6 XE units. Holt Cat, San Antonio, took possession of the second commemorative D6 XE dozer. The commemorative D6 dozer was shipped to Canadian dealer, Finning Cat, where it was sold to Midwest Pipelines, Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada.
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