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Caterpillar released 16 new Cat D3 Series skid steer loader (SSL) and compact track loader (CTL) models

CAT 262D3New D3 machines build on D and D2 series reputation and include improvements in operator experience, stability, and technology. (Image source: CAT)

The D3 Series models support a line of new smart attachments. This advanced machine technology recognises certain attachments and tailors the controls and operator information to match the tool and the task.

Improved operator experience

Entering and exiting the new D3 Series loaders equipped with an enclosed cab is now easier thanks to a wider opening cab door. Additionally, the distance between joystick pods has increased by three in (76 mm), offering extra space for the operator inside the cab to deliver a more comfortable experience.

Raising compact track loader standards

New Cat D3 Series CTLs aims to 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 a superior ride comfort.

All Cat D3 Series CTLs feature standard two-speed travel to improve performance at the jobsite. These machines are geared to deliver high torque digging performance as well as high top-end speed for travel. The powerful Cat 279D3 and 289D3 loaders boast a 13.6kph ground speed, a 20 per cent increase over their D Series counterparts. These models are built with two-speed transmission as standard, versus the previous single-speed, increasing travel speed by nine per cent and aligning these models with the rest of the two-speed equipped CTL model range.

Advanced control

The advanced attachment technology will allow the D3 Series Cat SSL and CTL models to automatically recognise smart attachments and convert machine controls to align with the operational and informational needs of that attachment.

Cat SSLs and CTLs offer advanced control features that include return-to-dig and work tool positioner to assist operators with repetitive tasks like grading, digging, and loading. These items are now bundled together with the dual-direction self-level feature so that even more operators will be able to take advantage of features that automate machine functions to allow these tasks to be completed with less user interaction and expertise.

High performance segment solution

In conjunction with the D3 Series introduction, the previous XHP performance model identifier used with the 272 and 299 models has been replaced with XE badge. The 272D3 XE and 299D3 XE models represent the high performance and advanced technology available to customers in the Cat SSL and CTL line.