Caterpillar hosts virtual press event

Apr. 04, 2021

Caterpillar, Deerfield, Ill., introduced new and upgraded machines during a virtual press event Tuesday, March 30. Products ranged from soil compactors to cold planers and wheel loaders, among others. New engines, improved ingress and egress, hydraulics, displays and safety features were part of the presentations.

Improved technology will allow customers to see live readouts and mapping technologies and standard wide-dispersion LED lighting have been added for better visibility and safety. Some of the machines, including some of the utility compactors like the CB2.5 GC, CB2.7 GC and CC2.7 GC, were designed for rental.

“There’s a lot of commonality across all these models, which is really a win for our customers,” said Brian Nagel, Caterpillar compaction expert. “It’s (utility compactors) really designed for the rental space, with this machine being a little more simple in some respects, a little more targeted to those customers based on what their applications are, and a real good fit for those rental operations.”

Among the new products introduced were:

Utility compactors

The company expanded its product offering by introducing 10 new tandem and combination utility compactors. The line includes weight-based model nomenclature changes with the new Cat CB2.5, CB2.5 GC, CB2.7, CB2.7 GC, CC2.7, CC2.7 GC, CB2.9, CB4.0, CC4.0 and CB4.4 models. All models are equipped with the Cat C1.7T Tier 4 engine.

Designed for rental and low- to medium-duty applications like driveways and parking lots, the GC models excel in low- to medium-grade applications like driveways and parking lots, the company says. The machines offer compaction widths from 39 to 54 in. and feature large drum diameters for a smooth mat finish and thick drum shells for added durability. Both the standard and GC series models incorporate a water tank gauge for continuous monitoring from the operator’s station. The compactors come standard with a 3-in. high-visibility orange seat belt to make job site safety visible.

Vibratory soil compactors

The 84-in. Cat GC Series single drum vibratory soil compactors offer linear load and more weight at the drum. The series consists of the CS10 GC, CS11 GC and CP11 GC, and CS12 GC and CP12 GC. With both smooth (CS) and padfoot (CP) drum models available for compaction of granular and cohesive soils, the new models are designed for road building, site preparation, large residential construction, large earth fill and agriculture applications.

The GC Series is powered by the 120.7-hp Cat C3.6 Tier 4 diesel engine. Standard Eco-Mode operation reduces engine speed to 2,000 rpm. Speed control offers one-button switching from working to travel speed. All compactors feature a low overall 9.8-ft. height plus improved tie-down locations for fast, low-cost transport. All rollers come standard with Product Link™ Elite that captures critical operating data, monitors machine health and provides service reminders and fault code alerts to improve fleet management.

Cat dozer

The Cat D9 Dozer replaces the D9T model and features a new torque converter with stator clutch to reduce fuel consumption. Equipped with a Cat C18 engine, the machine has a range of exhaust aftertreatment solutions available, including configurations to meet Tier 4 regulations and configurations equivalent to U.S. EPA Tier 2 and Tier 3.

The D9 also features differential steering for a tight-turning radius and the ability to maintain ground speed while turning to keep productivity high. The suspended undercarriage delivers more track contact with the ground for less slippage and greater productivity, the company says.

Cat wheel tractor-scraper

The Cat 657 Wheel Tractor-Scraper (WTS) features a 7 percent increase in fuel efficiency over the 657G WTS, meaning more material moved per unit of fuel burned. The largest open bowl scraper in the Caterpillar line, with a rated load of 52 tons, the machine has a more spacious cab to boost operator comfort and efficiency in high-volume earthmoving, highway construction and mining applications.

The two-engine design includes the Cat C18 powering the tractor and Cat C15 in the scraper, both meeting Tier 4 emission standards. Its Advanced Productivity Electronic Control System (APECS) allows the machine to better utilize engine power and torque, resulting in more material moved throughout the shift, the company says. Featuring a maximum travel speed of 34.8 mph, the machine offers a maximum cutting depth of 17.3 in., a maximum spread depth of 25.9 in. and a cutting width of 12.4 ft.

Landfill compactor

The Cat 816 landfill compactor features new frame deflectors to divert trash away from the frame and hood enclosure. A captive hinge on the service doors prevents them from opening unintentionally to protect interior components from contamination. The machine includes improved airflow technology to reduce cleaning and maintenance. Equipped with a radial air filter, operators are alerted to airflow blockages by an electronic air inlet restriction indicator. Sight gauges for the coolant, transmission oil and hydraulic system provide quick inspection with reduced contamination risk. The cab sits on isolation mounts and features a Premium Plus seat with leather finish, forced air heating and cooling, two-way thigh adjustment, and power lumbar and back bolster adjustment.

Extended life undercarriage system

The Cat Heavy Duty Extended Life (HDXL) Undercarriage System with DuraLink™ is field proven to deliver 20 to 40 percent longer wear life in low to medium-abrasion, moderate- to high-impact applications such as hard rock, landfill and forestry, the company says. The HDXL undercarriage is available for Cat medium and large dozers. Factory installed or available as a replacement undercarriage, HDXL is available for both fixed roller and suspended undercarriage dozers ranging from the Cat D4-D11 models (legacy Cat D6-D11).

Cat cold planers

The updated Cat cold planers include the PM620, PM622, PM820, PM822 and PM825 half-lane cold planers and feature numerous improvements based on customer feedback, the company says. The 630-hp PM620 and PM622 are powered by Cat C18 engines. The PM820, PM822 and PM825 are powered by the same C18 engine with a twin-turbo setup to deliver 800.6 hp, up to 27 percent more power than the PM620 and PM622. The five models meet Tier 4 emission standards.

New, expanded LED lighting enhances nighttime and low-light operation. The wide-dispersion LED work lights come standard and provide an improved, well-lit work area for ground crew. LED perimeter lights also can be added to further illuminate the rotor chamber, cutting path and work areas around the machine. New entry/exit lighting provides illumination to the ladder and operator platform when the machine is off.

The integrated Cat GRADE with Grade and Slope system includes automated features like obstacle jump and programmable cut transitions to aid in milling precision. Cat cold planers also can be enhanced with full 3D milling operation. Cutting widths range from 79 in. for the PM620 to 98.6 in. for the PM825.

Cat wheel loader

The Cat 992 wheel loader is powered by the Cat C32B engine with Tier 4 and Tier 2 equivalent emission engine options. Standard-lift payload capacities reach 25.5 tons for quarry face applications and 30 tons for loose material handling, while high-lift capacities reach 22.5 tons and 27 tons in respective applications. A redesigned cab increases visibility, offers intuitive control and incorporates next-generation technology to boost efficiency by providing easily accessible information, the company says.

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