255 Compact Track Loader

The Cat® 255 Compact Track Loader, with its vertical lift design, delivers extended reach and lift height for quick and easy truck loading. Its standard torsion suspension undercarriage system provides superior traction, flotation, stability, and speed to work in a wide range of applications and underfoot conditions


Gross Power - SAE J1995 74.3hp
Bore 4.3in
Displacement 171in²
Net Power - ISO 9249 73hp
Net Power - SAE 1349 73.5hp
Peak Torque - 1,600 rpm - SAE J1995 221lb/ft
Stroke 3.5in
Engine Model Cat® C2.8T (turbo)

Operating Specifications

Rated Operating Capacities - 35% Tipping Load 2499lb
Breakout Force - Lift Cylinder 5895lb
Breakout Force - Tilt Cylinder 6746lb
Ground Contact Area - With 320 mm/12.6 in Track 1582in²
Ground Contact Area - With 400 mm/15.7 in Track 1977in²
Ground Pressure - With 320 mm/12.6 in Track 41.8in²
Ground Pressure - With 400 mm/15.7 in Track 4.9in²
Ground Pressure - With 450 mm/17.7 in Track 4.6psi
Rated Operating Capacities - 50% Tipping Load 3570lb
Rated Operating Capacity with Optional Counterweight 2631lb
Tipping Load 7140lb


Operating Weight 9578lb
Counterweight Adds to Operating Weight 276lb
Counterweight Adds to Operating Weight - ROC (35%) 132lb
Counterweight Adds to Operating Weight - Tip Load 379lb
Enclosed Cab Adds to Operating Weight 180lb
Enclosed Cab Adds to Operating Weight - ROC (35%) 38lb
Enclosed Cab Adds to Operating Weight - Tip Load 108lb
Note *Operating Weight, Operating Specifications, and Dimensions are based on 1730 mm (68") low profile bucket with bolt on cutting edge, 320 mm (12.6") narrow track, 75 kg (165 lb) operator, open canopy, mechanical suspension seat, HD battery with disconnect,
Operating Weight - ROC (35%) 2499lb
Operating Weight - ROC (50%) 3570lb
Operating Weight - Tip Load 7140lb
Wide Track (400 mm/15.7 in) Adds to Operating Weight 119lb


Bucket Pin Height - Carry Position 7.7in
Bucket Pin Height - Maximum Lift 124in
Bucket Pin Reach - Maximum Lift 5.9in
Clearance at Maximum Lift and Dump 95.4in
Departure Angle 30.6°
Ground Clearance 8.3in
Height - Top of Cab 83.3in
Length - Track on Ground 58.5in
Length - With Bucket on Ground 135in
Length - Without Bucket 110.2in
Maximum Dump Angle 43.6°
Maximum Overall Height 155.2in
Maximum Reach - With Arms Parallel to Ground 45.7in
Overall Length - Track 76.7in
Rack Back Angle - Maximum Height 85.2°
Reach at Maximum Lift/Dump 21.3in
Roll Back Angle 27°
Turning Radius from Center - Bucket (racked) 82.9in
Turning Radius from Center - Coupler 54.2in
Turning Radius from Center - Machine Rear 65.2in
Vehicle Width (320 mm/12.6 in tracks) 65.9in
Vehicle Width (400 mm/15.7 in tracks) 69.3in


FOPS ISO 3449:2005 Level I
ROPS ISO 3471:2008

Power Train

Travel Speed - Forward or Reverse - Two Speed 9.1mile/h
Travel Speed - Forward or Reverse - One Speed 5.7mile/h

Service Refill Capacities

Cooling System 3gal (US)
Engine Crankcase 2.2gal (US)
Fuel Tank 25.1gal (US)
Hydraulic System 9.7gal (US)
Hydraulic Tank 6.9gal (US)

Hydraulic System

Hydraulic Flow - High Flow - Hydraulic Power (Calculated) 60.9hp
Hydraulic Flow - High Flow - Loader Hydraulic Flow 30gal/min
Hydraulic Flow - High Flow - Loader Hydraulic Pressure 3500psi
Hydraulic Flow - High Flow XPS - Hydraulic Power (Calculated) 70.7hp
Hydraulic Flow - High Flow XPS - Maximum Loader Hydraulic Flow 30gal/min
Hydraulic Flow - High Flow XPS - Maximum Loader Hydraulic Pressure 4061psi
Hydraulic Flow - Standard - Hydraulic Power (Calculated) 46.4hp
Hydraulic Flow - Standard - Loader Hydraulic Flow 23gal/min
Hydraulic Flow - Standard - Loader Hydraulic Pressure 3500psi

Standard Equipment

  • Standard Equipment
    • Quick Coupler: Manual or Hydraulic
    • High Visibility Seat Belt: 50 mm (2 in), 75 mm (3 in), or 3-point lap/shoulder
    • Steel Imbed Rubber Track – 320 mm (12.6 in) bar tread, 400 mm (15.7 in) block tread, 400 mm (15.7 in) bar tread
    • Dual Flange Front Idler/Single Flange Rear Idler or Triple Flange Front/Rear Idlers
  • Performance Packages
    • Performance Package HP1: Standard Flow Hydraulics
    • Performance Package HP3: High Flow XPS Hydraulics
  • Comfort Packages
    • Open canopy: Cup Holder, Cell Phone Pocket, choice of vinyl Seat (Mechanical Suspension, High Back/Heated/Air Ride Seat)
    • Enclosed Cab with heat and air conditioning: Side Windows, Cup Holder, Cell Phone Pocket, choice of Seat (Mechanical Suspension, High Back/Heated Air Ride Seat, High Back/Ventilated and Heated Air Ride Seat) and Door choice (Glass or Polycarbonate)
  • Technology Packages
    • T2 – Standard Display, Standard Joysticks, traditional Key Start switch, and Rear-view camera.
    • T4 – Advanced Touchscreen Monitor, Advanced Joysticks, Push start, X-mount cell phone holder, and a Rear-view camera.
    • T5 – T4 + 2 additional side view cameras.
  • Radio
    • Radio, none – for open canopy machines and countries not certified for Bluetooth® technology
    • Integrated AM/FM radio with Bluetooth technology. Includes USB port, 3.5 mm (0.13 in) AUX input, and BT microphone. Only for use with enclosed cab. Availability varies by country.
    • Integrated DAB+/AM/FM radio with Bluetooth technology. Includes USB port, 3.5 mm (0.13 in) AUX input, and BT microphone. Only for use with enclosed cab. Availability varies by country.
  • Product Link
    • Product Link Basic series PL243
    • Product Link Elite series PLE643
  • Cooling Fan
    • On-demand, variable speed hydraulic cooling fan
    • On-demand, variable speed hydraulic cooling fan, with automatic and manual purge reversing operation
  • Guarding And Sealing Packages
    • HD0 – base guarding and sealing (engine air inlet rain cap, front cab to-frame sealing, and hydraulic fill access door)
    • HD1– intermediate guarding and sealing† (HD0 + cab-to-frame side sealing, lockable fuel fill access door, tilt cylinder guarding, and drive line bottom guarding.) †Some equipment varies by region.
    • HD2 – most comprehensive guarding and sealing† (HD1 + turbo guard, exhaust stack wrap, DPF wrap, quick disconnect guarding, fully enclosed drive line guarding, under step hydraulic lines guard cover, engine air inlet pre-cleaner.)
  • Electrical
    • Work Tool Electrical Harness
    • Heavy duty battery
    • Battery disconnect with lockout feature
    • 12-volt Electrical System
    • 85 Ampere Alternator
    • LED Work Lights
    • Auto Reverse Lights
    • Switch Backlighting
    • Interior LED Dome Light
    • Backup Alarm
    • Electrical Outlet, Beacon
    • Exterior Courtesy Lighting
    • Automatic Work light notification flash when parking brake is released
  • Operator Environment
    • Full color LCD monitor: Creep speed control, Drive response adjustment, Implement response adjustment, Drive Power Priority adjustment, Language selection (× 32), Multi-operator Anti-theft Security System and Monitoring, Maintenance schedule and reminders, Event and Diagnostic Code monitoring, Date /Time/Units/Brightness settings, and Smart Technology for use with Smart Attachments.
    • Operator Warning System Indicators: Air Filter Restriction, Alternator Output, Armrest Raised/Operator Out of Seat, Engine Coolant Temperature, Engine Oil Pressure, Glow Plug Activation, Hydraulic Supply Filter Restriction, Hydraulic Oil Temperature, Park Brake Engaged, Engine Emission System (where applicable)
    • Gauges: Fuel Level, Hour Meter, Hydraulic Temperature, Hour Meter, Battery Voltage, Tachometer
    • Fold In Ergonomic Contoured Armrest
    • Control Interlock System, when operator leaves seat or armrest raised: Hydraulic System Disables, Hydrostatic Transmission Disables, Parking
    • Brake Engages
    • ROPS Cab, Tilt Up
    • FOPS, Level I
    • Top and Rear Windows
    • Floor Mat
    • Headliner
    • Interior Rearview Mirror
    • Horn
    • Hand (Dial) Throttle, Electronic
    • Seat Mounted Joystick Controls
    • Cell Phone Storage Pocket
    • Cup Holder
    • 12-volt power port
    • Foot Throttle
  • Hydraulics
    • Selectable control pattern – ISO or H
    • Electro/hydraulic implement control
    • Electro/hydraulic hydrostatic transmission control
    • Speed sensor guarding
    • Heavy duty flat faced quick disconnects with integrated pressure release lever
    • Hydraulic oil level sight gauge
  • Power Train
    • Cat C2.8T turbocharged diesel engine, meeting Tier 4 Final and Stage V Emission Standards: Glow plugs starting aid Liquid cooled, direct injection
    • Extended life antifreeze (–37° C, –34° F)
    • Air cleaner, dual element, radial seal
    • Scheduled Oil Sampling (S·O·SSM) Valve, Hydraulic Oil
    • Ecology drain – coolant
    • Radiator coolant level sight gauge
    • Radiator expansion bottle
    • Filter, hydraulic supply, cartridge type
    • Filter, hydraulic return, cartridge type
    • Filter, canister type, engine oil
    • Filter, canister type, fuel and water separator
    • Radiator/hydraulic oil
    • Cooler (side-by-side)
    • Spring applied, hydraulically released, parking brakes
    • Hydrostatic transmission
    • Lockable fuel cap
    • Hydraulic demand cooling fan
    • Auto engine idle
  • Undercarriage
    • Torsion Suspension (4 independent torsion axles)
    • Two speed travel
    • Integrated tie downs on track frame (4)
  • Frame
    • Machine tie down points (9)
    • Removable panels for machine frame cleanout
    • Support, lift arm
    • Steel rear and front bumpers, welded
    • Fuel fill, machine right hand side
  • Other
    • Auxiliary Hydraulics, Continuous Flow
    • Telematics, Product Link, Cellular
    • Steel engine door with replaceable louvers
    • Engine door – lockable
    • Work tool attachment coupler
    • Cat ToughGuardTM hose

Optional Equipment

  • Optional Equipment
    • External Counterweights
    • Beacon, LED
    • Engine Block Heater – 120V
    • Oil, Hydraulic, Cold Operation
    • 4-point machine lifting eyes
    • Paint, Custom
    • Speed Sensitive Ride Control
    • Bluetooth Key Security
    • Attachment Hose Guide
    • Corrosion Inhibitor Coating