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The Caterpillar Skid Steer Loader, with its many work tool options, is a highly versatile, compact construction machine. It is designed to deliver traditional Cat reliability and productivity in the toughest working conditions.


SPECIFICATIONS
Engine
Engine Model Cat 3044C DIT
Net Flywheel Power 78 hp
Gross Power 82 hp
Gross Power SAE J1995 82 hp
Engine Power ISO 14396 80 hp
Net Power EEC 80/1269 78 hp
Net Power EEC ISO 9249 78 hp
Net Power SAE 1349 78 hp
Displacement 201 in3
Stroke 4.7 in
Bore 3.7 in


Operating Specifications
Rated Operating Capacity 2000 lb
Rated Operating Capacity w/Optional Counterweight 2100 lb
Tipping Load 4188 lb
Breakout Force, Tilt Cylinder 5484 lb
Breakout Force, Lift Cylinder 4656.16 lb


Weights
Operating Weight 7142 lb


Dimensions
Wheelbase 45 in
Length w/Bucket on Ground 138 in
Length w/o Bucket 110 in
Height to Top of Cab 82 in
Vehicle Width over Tires 66 in
Max Overall Height 156 in
Bucket Pin Height at Max Lift 122 in
Bucket Pin Height at Carry Pos. 10 in
Reach at Max Lift and Dump 21 in
Clearance at Max Lift and Dump 94 in
Ground Clearance 9 in
Bumper Overhang - Rear Axle 41 in
Turn Radius from Ctr - Rear 64 in
Turn Radius from Ctr - Coupler 52 in
Turn Radius from Ctr - Bucket 83 in
Max. Reach w/Arms-Parallel 53 in


Hydraulic System
Hydraulic Power 42.8 hp
Hydraulic Flow Standard flow
Loader Hydraulic Pressure 3335 psi
Loader Hydraulic Flow 22 gal/min


Cab
ROPS SAE J1040 MAY94 and ISO3471:1994
FOPS SAE J/ISO 3449 APR98 Level I and ISO3449:1992 Level I
FOPS Level II SAE J/ISO 3449 APR98 Level II and ISO 3449:1992 Level II (optional)


Power Train
Travel Speed Forward 7.7 mph
Travel Speed Reverse 7.7 mph
Travel Speed Forward - 2-Speed Option 11.8 mph
Travel Speed Reverse - 2-Speed Option 11.8 mph


Service Refill Capacities
Chain box, each side 1.8 gal
Cooling System 2.6 gal
Engine Crankcase 2.6 gal
Fuel Tank 23.8 gal
Hydraulic System 13.7 gal
Hydraulic Tank 9.2 gal


BENEFITS & FEATURES
Operator Station
World-class operator station provides exceptional working comfort with excellent visibility, enhanced fingertip control and optimum instrumentation.


Operator Station

Low Effort Machine Controls
Ergonomic pilot hydraulic controls give operators precision control of the Cat Skid Steer Loader with minimal effort. The right joystick controls loader up/down and tilt control and the left joystick controls forward and reverse travel speed plus direction. Both joysticks use an intuitive "S" control pattern. Optional deluxe joysticks now provide more auxiliary controls than before, using positive-action buttons to provide precision fingertip control of many machine functions, including:
  • Proportional work tool hydraulics
  • Work tool electrical Basic and Deluxe joystick functions include:
  • One-touch continuous auxiliary hydraulic flow
  • Momentary auxiliary hydraulic flow

Cab Conveniences
Long hours in the Cat Skid Steer Loader are made easier by many standard conveniences, including a 12 volt DC power socket. Side, sliding windows offer protection from the elements and allow fresh air ventilation. Redesigned side windows are removable for easy cleaning. Cabs with the door option installed feature a new, automatic lock-out switch that prevents accidental damage by disabling the loader functions when the door is open.

High-Efficiency Climate Controls
Operating in extreme temperatures can be more comfortable with the optional cab air conditioner and heater. Airflow is increased up to 83 percent and is now directed through six adjustable vents. Twice as many vents makes defrosting the optional front door and side windows easier. The heater and air conditioner can be ordered separately or together.

Instrumentation
Cat Skid Steer Loader instrument panels and gauges are simple, easy to use and reliable. Bright indicator lights and audible warnings signal any critical system situation. Positive feel switches, with status lights, control most on/off functions. An engine air cleaner restriction indicator is now in the cab for easier monitoring.

Visibility
Operating ease and productivity are enhanced on the Cat Skid Steer Loader with excellent visibility. The wide cab opening offers an exceptional view of the work tool. The sloped angle of the engine compartment allows excellent visibility to the rear of the machine. A new, standard convex rearview mirror gives the operator a panoramic view of the machine's rear and sides. In addition, for better visibility in low-light conditions, the standard forward lights are now adjustable 10 degrees in any direction.

Access/Egress
The Cat Skid Steer Loader cab is designed to make machine operation simple, productive and comfortable. Getting in and out of the cab is easy through a wide opening with three point grab irons and skid-resistant steps. Tilt cylinders are neatly located under the lift arms so not to interfere with operator access and egress. Plenty of uncluttered floor space makes stepping into the cab even easier.

Cab Packages
Several cab packages and options are available. The standard cab offers features such as an adjustable contoured seat, cushioned armbar, dual throttle controls, pilot operated joysticks, 12 volt DC power socket and optional cup holder.

High Performance Power Train
Caterpillar hystat power train delivers aggressive performance and easy operation.


High Performance Power Train

Cat Diesel Power
The heart of the Cat Skid Steer Loader power train is the Caterpillar 3044C DIT engine. This rugged, reliable four cylinder engine offers aggressive performance and a fast torque curve for quick response. It is also a low emission engine, fully U.S. EPA Tier 2 compliant.

Dual Engine Throttle Controls
The hand and foot throttles allow the operator to match engine speed to the task. The hand throttle is ideal for jobs requiring consistent engine speed - such as cold planing, trenching or snow blowing. The foot throttle lets the operator vary engine speed and minimize fuel consumption for other tasks such as load and carry, truck loading, grading and dozing.

Anti-Stall Feature
The anti-stall system on the Cat Skid Steer Loader allows maximum power to the wheels while minimizing engine stalling. This system helps maximize productivity for experienced operators and makes it easier for novice operators to become productive.

Variable-Displacement Piston Pumps
The dual, variable-displacement, axial piston pumps are driven directly off the engine and provide hydraulic flow to the drive motors via a closed loop system. Drive motors transfer mechanical power to the wheels via two high-strength, pre-stressed chains per machine side. Chains run in an oil bath for constant lubrication and long life. Chains are adjustable through slots in the axle housings.

Drive Axles
The drive axles are forged and induction hardened for maximum life. They include a unique lip and outer seal to help prevent debris such as wire and twine from wrapping around the axle and destroying the seal. An inner seal is used for permanent lubrication of axle bearings so no daily axle service is required.

Advanced Hydraulic System
Hydraulic system has built-in reliability and provides exceptional lift, breakout and auxiliary power to work tools.


Advanced Hydraulic System

Power and Reliability
Maximum power and reliability are built into the Cat Skid Steer Loader hydraulic system. In addition to providing power to drive the wheels, this system also provides the loader lift and tilt functions, powers the auxiliary circuit to drive work tools and drives the engine cooling fan.

Hydraulic Pumps
The hydraulic pumps are driven directly off the engine for maximum hydraulic performance and reliability - no belts are used. Pumps are fixed-displacement and provide flow to the loader and auxiliary circuits at 83 L/min (22 gal/min) flow at high idle. Maximum system pressure for the loader and standard auxiliary circuits is 23 000 kPa (3,335 psi). Control of the loader lift and tilt functions is by hydraulically-operated joystick controls for low effort and precise operation.

Auxiliary Hydraulics
Standard auxiliary hydraulics to power work tools are available through quick connect hydraulic couplings that are rigidly mounted to the loader arm. The Caterpillar line of high pressure XT™ ES hoses and O-ring face seals help ensure a leak-free system.

Reliability and Cleanliness
Hydraulic system reliability and cleanliness are improved by using single components in place of multiple components, such as the monoblock hydraulic valve and monoblock pumps. Fewer leak points improve reliability and result in a cleaner machine. In addition, hydraulic oil flows through a 5-micron spin-on filter. A filter restriction indicator is located in the operator station. A 74-micron screen in the hydraulic tank prevents larger debris from entering the system and causing damage to the hydraulic components.

Hydraulic Oil Cooler
A high-efficiency, hydraulic oil cooler lets the Cat Skid Steer Loader work longer and harder in higher ambient temperatures, even when using continuous high flow work tools. The high capacity, hydraulic oil reservoir also helps keep operating temperatures lower.

Structures
The Caterpillar Skid Steer Loader heavy duty structures are engineered for years of use in extreme applications.


ChassisMain FrameLoader LinkageRear Structures
Quick Coupler and Cat Work Tools
Choose from a wide variety of tools that are performance-matched to the Cat Skid Steer Loader.


Quick Coupler
Work tools can be changed quickly and easily with the Cat Skid Steer Loader's quick coupler system. The universal coupler interface features:
  • Low profile side plate designed for optimum match to work tools and minimal material packing
  • Opposing wedges ensure a tight tool fit, even after years of use
  • Rugged design and large contact area absorbs loads and minimizes stress
  • Vertical pins are chrome plated and lubricated for smooth engagement and prevention of corrosion
  • Coupler allows excellent visibility to work tools and unobstructed entry and exit to the cab
The standard quick coupler features manual engagement and disengagement of work tools using two high leverage handles. An optional hydraulic quick coupler is also available and allows engagement and disengagement of work tools without the operator needing to exit the machine. Control of the coupler by use of a rocker switch inside the cab makes work tool changes quicker and easier.

Cat Work Tools
Cat Work Tools extend the versatility of the Cat Skid Steer Loader. Designed and built for optimum performance and durability, these tools deliver high productivity, long service life and excellent value:
  • Angle Blades
  • Augers
  • Backhoes
  • Brooms
  • Buckets - Dirt - General purpose - Grapple - Light material - Multi purpose - Utility
  • Cold planers
  • Compactor, vibratory
  • Hammers
  • Landscape rakes
  • Landscape tillers
  • Material handling arm
  • Pallet forks
  • Snowblower
  • Stump grinder
  • Trenchers
  • Wheel saw

Serviceability
Quick access and superior design make the Cat Skid Steer Loader easy to service and maintain.


Serviceability

Service Access
The rear door opens 90 degrees for easy access to both sides of the in-line (lengthwise) mounted engine.

Filters
All filters are easily accessible, which makes routine service quicker and virtually spill-free.

Cooling System
The radiator, hydraulic oil cooler and grill tilt up to increase access to the cooling system during maintenance and allow easier cleaning of debris from between the grill and cooling package. The cooling fan is hydraulically-driven for quieter operation and to eliminate the service and maintenance that comes with belt driven fans.

Easy Tilting Cab
The machine cab can now be tilted rearward by an individual using a single tool. The cab is held in place by a self-latching mechanism. When the cab is tilted back, all hydraulic pumps, motors, valves, lines and fuel tank are accessible for quicker, easier service.

Removable Belly Pan
A removable belly pan section on the floor of the machine's lower frame provides excellent access for periodic cleaning.

Electrical and Hydraulic Lines
Cleaner routing of electrical and hydraulic lines compared to former models improves reliability and simplifies service.

Maintenance Points
Maintenance points are grouped in easily accessible locations.

Caterpillar Scheduled Oil Sampling (S·O·SSM)
The scheduled oil sampling valves are standard to allow regular monitoring of the engine and hydraulic oil quality.

Other Standard Service Features
The following help make servicing fast and easy:
  • Easy access to battery, air filter and single engine belt
  • Sight glasses on hydraulic tank and radiator allow quick, easy level checks
  • Air filter restriction indicators now located inside the operator station
  • Ecology drains simplify changing engine and hydraulic oil
  • Grease fittings are countersunk to prevent damage
  • Extended life coolant and 500-hour engine oil change intervals

Customer Support
Cat dealer services help you operate longer with lower costs.


Customer Support

Machine Selection
With 10 different Cat Skid Steer Loaders to choose from, selecting the right machine is easy when you consult your Caterpillar dealer. Your dealer helps you make detailed machine comparisons before you purchase. You can also build the machine that is right for you. Go on-line anytime to review the full range of features and options available using the Build and Quote application on you Cat dealer's website or www.CAT.com.

Purchase Options
Purchase options let you look beyond just the initial machine price. With your Cat dealer, you can review available financing options plus look at day-to-day operating costs. You can also look at dealer services that can be included in the cost of the machine to yield lower equipment owning and operating costs over the life of the machine.

Customer Support
Customer Support Agreements offer you a variety of service and maintenance options that can be customized to best fit your specific needs. These can cover the entire machine and included work tools to help protect your investment.

Machine Support
Machine support is one of your Cat dealer's primary goals. Nearly all parts are available at Cat dealer. If not, your dealer can use the Caterpillar worldwide computer network to find the closest in-stock parts to minimize machine downtime. Your Cat dealer can also save you money by suggesting Cat Remanufactured parts that carry the same warranty as new, but with savings of 40 to 70 percent.

Service Plans
Maintenance Service Plans help you manage machine maintenance. Choose from a wide range of maintenance plans and services at the time you purchase a machine. Repair option plans guarantee the cost of repairs up front. Diagnostics programs such as Scheduled Oil Sampling, Coolant Sampling and Technical Analysis help you avoid downtime and unscheduled repairs.

Training
Operator training by Cat dealers can improve your operator's techniques and help boost your profits. Your Cat dealer also has training video tapes, literature, application and equipment training courses, plus other ideas to help you maximize your machine investment.

Security Systems
Cat machine security systems help you manage your Cat Skid Steer Loader. This dealer-installed option provides control of machine access by untrained operators or unauthorized personnel. Use up to 50 unique key ID's to customize machine access to fit your needs. You can program this system to allow access only during certain hours or days.

Repair, Rebuild or Replace
The repair, rebuild or replace choices become even more evident when you consult your Caterpillar dealer. Your Cat dealer can help evaluate the costs involved so you can make the right decision every time.

EQUIPMENT
Standard Equipment

CONTROLS
  • Pilot Operated Implement Control, RH
  • Pilot Operated Hydrostatic Transmission Control, LH
  • Hand and Foot Throttle
ELECTRICAL
  • 12 volt Electrical System
  • 90 ampere Alternator
  • Ignition Key Start/Stop Switch
  • Lights:
OPERATOR ENVIRONMENT
  • Gauges:
  • Operator Warning System Indicators:
  • Adjustable Vinyl Seat
  • Pull Down Ergonomic Contoured Armrest
  • Control Interlock System, when operator leaves seat or armrest raised:
  • ROPS Cab, Open, Tilt Up
  • FOPS, Level I
  • Top and Rear Windows
  • Interior Rear View Mirror
  • 12 volt Electric Socket
POWER TRAIN
  • Caterpillar 3044C DIT Diesel Engine
  • Air Cleaner, Dual Element, Radial Seal
  • S·O·SSM Sampling Valves, Engine Oil and Hydraulic Oil
  • Filter, Spin-on, Hydraulic
  • Filters, Bayonet-Type, Fuel and Water Separator
  • Tilt Up Radiator/Hydraulic Oil Cooler
  • Muffler, Standard
  • Spring Applied, Hydraulically Released, Wet Multi Disc Parking Brakes
  • Hydrostatic Transmission
  • Four Wheel Chain Drive
OTHER STANDARD EQUIPMENT
  • Engine Enclosure - Lockable
  • Extended Life Antifreeze (-36°C/33°F)
  • Machine Tie Down Points (4)
  • Coupler, Mechanical
  • Support, Lift Arm
  • Hydraulic Oil Level Sight Gauge
  • Radiator Coolant Level Sight Gauge
  • Radiator Expansion Bottle
  • XT™ Hose
  • Auxiliary, Hydraulics, Continuous Flow
  • Heavy Duty Flat Faced Quick Disconnects
  • Split D-Ring to route Work Tool hoses along side left lift arm
  • Electrical Outlet, Beacon
  • Belly Pan Cleanout

Optional Equipment

Alarm, Backup
Battery, Heavy Duty, 880 CCA
Belt, Seat, 75 mm (3 in), for Static Seat
Belt, Seat, 75 mm (3 in), for Suspension Seat
Control Groups:
  • Horn
  • Work Tool Electrical (C1/C2 Switch)
  • Proportional
  • 2-Speed
Counterweight, increases rated operating capacity 45 kg (100 lb)
Debris Barrier
Door, Front, Safety Glass with Wiper-Washer
Door, Front, Polycarbonate with Wiper-Washer (for Demolition use)
Dedicated Dual Directional Controls
Floormat, Deluxe
FOPS, Level II (Attaches to existing FOPS)
Headliner
Heater and Defroster
  • Air Conditioning, Heater, Defrost
Engine, Coolant Heater
Hydraulics, Auxiliary, Front, Proportional
Hydraulics, Self-Leveling
Hydraulic Quick Coupler
Lifting Eye, Single Point
Lifting Eyes, Four Point
Lights, Warning Beacon
Lights, Rear Working
Oil, Hydraulic, Cold Climate
Seat, Suspension
Rear Auxiliary Hydraulics
Window, Side, Sliding
Tires:
1676 mm (66 in) Width
  • 8x16, Cat Solid
  • 12x16.5 10PR Cat
  • 305-546 10PR Cat, LSW
  • 12x16.5 10PR GY SGL
  • 12x16.5 10PR GY IT323
  • 12x16.5 12PR Michelin
  • 12x16.5 10PR Galaxy
1830 mm (72 in) Width
  • 12x16.5 10PR Cat, PF
  • 305-546, 10PR CAT, LSW
  • 12x16.5 10PR GY SGL
  • 12x16.5 10PR GY IT323
  • 12x16.5 10PR Galaxy
  • 33-15.5x16.5 12PR Cat
  • 12x16.5 12PR Michelin

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