541 SERIES 2

The Series 2 track feller bunchers feature smoother hydraulic performance, better fuel economy, a more comfortable operator station and better visibility. The Cat® 541 Series 2 is a full tail swing machine designed for high production clear cut and for clear or select cut in rough terrain.

Gross Power 303 HP
Engine Model Cat® C9 ACERT™ Tier 3
Gross Power - 1,800 rpm 303 HP

Operating Specifications
Maximum Reach - With Attachment 28.2 ft

Hydraulic System
Pumps Pumps

Service Refill Capacities
Cooling System 16.1 gal (US)
Engine Oil 10.3 gal (US)
Hydraulic Tank 85.3 gal (US)
Hydraulic System 97.7 gal (US)
Swing Drive 2.6 gal (US)
Fuel Capacity 312 gal (US)

Operating Weight - Without Attachment 67960 lb
Operating Weight - Without Heads*** 68640 lb
Operating Weight - Without Heads* 67960 lb

Operating Weights - Without Head
Track Feller Bunchers - Standard Linkage 67960 lb
Track Feller Bunchers - Long Felling Linkage 68640 lb

Power Train
Rated Power - 2,100 rpm 282 HP
Gross Power - 1,800 rpm 303 HP
Engine Model Cat® C9 ACERT™
Displacement 537 in³

Boom System
Bare Pin Lift at Maximum Reach - Without Head*** 6400 kg @ 8.2 m (14,200 lb @ 27 ft)
Maximum Reach - With Head* 28.2 ft
Bare Pin Lift at Maximum Reach - Without Head* 9400 kg @ 6.6 m (21,800 lb @ 21.5 ft)

Tractive Effort 75500 lb
Track Length 192.6 in
Size/Pitch 330/215.9 mm (330/8.5 in)
Ground Clearance 35 in
Track Gauge 2591 mm-2870 mm (102 in-113 in)

Cab Standards

Power Train

Powerful Performance
The Cat® C9 electronically controlled ACERT™ engine delivers power while meeting all current U.S. EPA emission standards. All models contain a fuel/water separator, engine air intake heater and a dual-stage combination air cleaner with precleaner.

High Capacity Cooling System
The side-by-side radiator/oil cooler gives excellent cooling capacity for high production bunching and harvesting. On-demand Flexxaire fan activates only when required and allows the cooling fan to purge debris from the radiator area, keeping a cleaner cooling system. The IQAN control system automatically adjusts the Flexxaire fan blade angle, reducing horsepower demand and lowering fuel consumption. The purge cycle frequency and duration can be set by operator in the cab to suit varying application conditions.

High Capacity Cooling System

Engine Oil
Cat engine oil is formulated to optimize engine life and performance and is recommended for use in Cat diesel engines. Extended oil change intervals reduce maintenance and machine downtime.

The clamshell engine compartment provides easy access to all filters, oil dipstick, coolant reservoir, hydraulic fill pump, valves and hoses reducing maintenance time.


Low Exhaust Emissions
The Cat C9 ACERT engine is a low emission engine designed to meet U.S. EPA emission regulations.

Hydraulic Packages

Electric Hydraulic Oil fill Pump
An easy accessible service wand allows hydraulic oil to be pumped through the hydraulic filtering system and into the tank. This reduces maintenance downtime and helps to maintain oil cleanliness requirements.

Variable Displacement Pump
All Cat FTS Series 2 track feller bunchers are equipped with variable displacement pumps for travel and implement functions and a dedicated variable displacement pump for felling attachments. Optional hydraulics for dangle harvesting or processor heads and intermittent saw heads are available for all models.

Variable Displacement Pump

Valve Design Flexibility
Two hydraulic implement valves are available to allow configuration of machine to operate various felling heads. Valve designs allow maximizing of machine multi-functioning performance. Valve 1) Felling heads requiring high flow 170-190 L/min (45-50 gpm) to the grab and accumulator arms. Typically have one cylinder operating each arm, two cylinders per arm set. Valve 2) Felling heads requiring low flow 110-120 L/min (29-32 gpm) to operate grab and accumulator arms. Typically one hydraulic cylinder and a link arm activate the arm set. Note: Consult the work tool manufacturer for flow requirements before selecting one of the above Hydraulic Arrangements.

Valve Design Flexibility

Cat Hydraulic Oil
Provides maximum protection against mechanical and corrosive wear in all hydraulic systems. It's high zinc content reduces wear, and extends pump life. Biodegradable hydraulic oil (HEES) is also available from your Cat dealer and provides an environmentally-sound alternative to mineral based oils.

ToughGuard™ Hoses
Abrasion resistant hoses along the boom and stick provide strength and flexibility. The ToughGuard cover consists of a thin layer of UHMW polyethylene bonded to the rubber cover, providing exceptional abrasion resistance.

Operator Station

Operator Comfort
The operator station is designed with conveniently placed joysticks and an ergonomically designed air ride seat, reducing operator fatigue and providing easy operation. An HVAC system with updated air ducts provides better cooling and heating. A large side window with side screen allows fresh air into the cab, and an isolated mounted cab and engine reduces sound levels and vibration for a quiet and comfortable operator environment. Ergonomically located pedals with side-by-side foot rests provide operator comfort while operating machine travel.

Operator Comfort

The cab design optimizes post structures and window placement to provide excellent operator visibility to front, sides and rear. A large polycarbonate skylight provides excellent upward visibility.


The standard 32 mm (1.25 in) thick “margard” front window maximizes operator protection. All purpose built forestry cabs are designed with heavy-duty guarding, meeting FOPS/ROPS/OPS/WCB, OR-OSHA requirements. The skylight provides an alternate escape hatch.

The IQAN MD3 display allows the operator to continuously monitor the operating system of the machine. The monitor has been downsized slightly to improve the operator's line of sight out the right front corner of the cab. The IQAN control system allows the operator to adjust control parameters, maximizing performance and productivity.


Electrical System
Series 2 track feller bunchers feature a 24-volt electrical system with an in-cab 24-12 volt converter, dual in-cab 12 volt power points and one 24 volt power point. Power is provided by two 12 volt maintenance free batteries and 95 amp alternator. An optional cold weather starting attachment may be selected to provide two additional batteries, an HD starter and HD cables.

Other Features:
• Large storage compartment area behind the seat provides sufficient room for a lunch box, hard hat and work tools

Leveling System

Ground Clearance
FTS machines have excellent ground clearance and open carbody design. This provides increased mobility by eliminating interference with large stumps, rocks or other obstacles encountered in rugged working conditions.


Track Guards
All models feature full length bolt-on track guards to maximize shoe support in all types of terrain.

Track Guards

The 541 Series 2 model features a bolted track frame to carbody design. This provides a standard gauge width, or allows adjustment to a wide gauge width to improve machine stability, and increase productivity on steep slope applications. The carbody design provides maximum ground clearance and a smooth under-surface to resist snagging on debris or large obstacles. The precision welded, high-wide carbody has strong frames that reduce flexing and increase the durability of rollers and track links throughout the life of the machine.


Carrier Rollers
This FTS Series 2 model offers a choice of either standard single flange carrier rollers for moderate terrain and warm climates or star carrier rollers for severe terrain and cold climate applications. Nine bottom rollers per side.

Boom and Stick

The 541 Series 2 track feller buncher dominates in lift capacity over competitors in its size class. With market leading lift capacity, reach and tight stick tuck-in capabilities, this machine delivers high performance. Optional long and short feller buncher configurations are available and offer the same high performance.


From plantation thinning to select cut of large diameter wood, Cat felling attachments provide reliable productive felling solutions. These range in cut capacity from 572 mm (22.5 in) to 620 mm (24.4 in). Designed to allow maximum visibility of the cutting area, all saws utilize high pressure hydraulics for fast saw recovery and quick arm speed. This provides a positive impact on production and better tree control.

All models are available with a Cat 40 degree partial lateral tilt, or new 330 degree full lateral tilt.


The FTS Series 2 track feller bunchers are designed to maximize efficiency and productivity while conserving natural resources.
  • The C9 ACERT engine meets all current U.S. EPA emission standards
  • The IQAN control system automatically adjusts the Flexxaire fan blade angle, reducing horsepower demand and lowering fuel consumption.
  • Major structures and components are built to be rebuilt, reducing waste and replacement costs.


Extended Service Intervals
Caterpillar service and maintenance intervals have been extended to reduce machine service time, increase machine availability and reduce operating costs. Hydraulic oil change intervals can be extended from 2,000 hours to 4,000 hours. Engine coolant change intervals are 12,000 hour with Cat Extended Life Coolant/Anti-freeze. Regularly scheduled maintenance extends machine service life and lowers overall operating costs. 500-hour oil change interval reduces overall maintenance costs.

Flexxaire Fan
Standard Flexxaire fan operates only when required and allows the cooling fan to purge debris from the radiator area, reducing cleaning maintenance time. The purge cycle frequency and duration can be set by operator in the cab to suit varying application conditions.

Flexxaire Fan

Clam-Shell Service Doors
The hydraulically actuated clam-shell service doors on both sides of machine provide easy and quick access, reducing maintenance downtime.

Customer Support

Caterpillar is known the world over for the quality of customer support from its dealer network - the industry's best. No matter where you are, the expertise of a Cat dealer is always nearby. Your local Cat dealer is your forestry consultant who can recommend the machines, work tools and services to maximize your operation and provide the support to keep you at top productivity.
  • 24-hour parts availability, where and when you need them, to minimize expensive downtime
  • Remanufactured parts that carry the same warranty as new parts at a reduced cost
  • Operator training to get the most out of your Cat equipment
  • Field services to provide on-site help when needed
  • Timely repair and replacement services
  • Customer Support Agreements to lower your operating costs
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic programs, such as S·O·SSM oil analysis, inspection services and trend reporting to help avoid unscheduled repairs
  • Financing programs for buying, renting or leasing Cat equipment
  • Cat® Access Account, a fast and convenient way to pay for or rent anything offered at any Cat dealer or The Cat Rental Store
  • Cat Insurance to cover equipment losses from theft, collision, flood, upset or overturn, fire, vandalism and more
  • Product Link to manage your equipment fleet through remote monitoring
  • Cat Certified Rebuild to get a second life from your equipment
For more information on Cat products, dealer services and industry solutions, visit www.cat.com.

Standard Equipment

  • 24-volt electrical system
  • 2-12 volt maintenance free batteries
  • 95 amp alternator
  • IQAN programmable controls
  • MD3 monitor screen display
  • 10 - standard working lights
  • 1 - standard service light
  • Twin hydraulically actuated hinged engine enclosure with warning alarm
  • Engine fan guard
  • Bottom guards
  • Isolation mounted cab and engine
  • Heavy duty radiator guard door
  • OPS/FOPS/ROPS/WCB/OR-OSHA certified cab
  • Dual joystick control
  • Reverse slope windshield
  • Air ride seat
  • Skylight - alternate escape hatch
  • Top rear alternate escape hatch
  • 3 inch retractable seat belt
  • Heater/air conditioner with climate control
  • DIN mount radio ready with speakers
  • Operator sound suppression to standards
  • Travel alarm
  • Cup holders (2)
  • 2-12 volt and 1-24 volt power outlets
  • Front window, 31.75 mm (1.25 in) thick margard
  • Positive filtered ventilation, pressurized cab with bi-level air conditioner, heater and defroster with manual control
  • Left side fresh air window
  • Forced air fan
  • Washable floor mat
  • Neutral lever (lockout) for all controls
  • C9 ACERT engine meets US EPA emission standards
  • Variable travel speed
  • Under hood centrifugal precleaner and primary air filter
  • Heavy-duty cooling package
  • Electric fuel priming pump
  • Heavy duty track motor guard
  • Heavy duty recoil mechanism
  • Track roller guards with side access holes
  • Hydraulic track adjusters
  • Double flange bottom rollers
  • 330 bolted, non-leveling carbody, variable gauge with GFT 80 final drives
  • Heavy duty hood enclosure
  • Vandalism protection
  • Spare hose storage area
  • Flexxaire™ fan
  • Fuel water separator
  • 1,181 L (312 gal) fuel tank
  • Dedicated fixed displacement pilot pump
  • Dedicated variable displacement pumps for track and implement functions
  • Variable displacement saw pump for feller buncher hydraulics only
  • 325 swing drive and swing motor
  • Electric hydraulic oil fill pump
  • High flow hydraulic arrangement for felling heads with two cylinder arm design 180 L/min (48 gpm)
  • Low flow hydraulic arrangement for felling heads with single cylinder and link design 120 L/min (32 gpm)
  • 318 L (84 gal) hydraulic tank
  • 50% concentration extended life coolant

Optional Equipment

  • 610 mm (24 in) SG pads, clipped corners, with mud/snow reliefs
  • 711 mm (28 in) SG pads, clipped corners, with mud/snow reliefs
  • 711 mm (28 in) DG pads, with mud/snow reliefs
  • Star carrier rollers
  • Standard single flange carrier rollers
  • Starting aid, cold weather
  • Starting aid, arctic - includes engine and hydraulic heaters
  • HID Light Group - replaces 6 standard lights
  • CD player with AM/FM stereo - remote capable
  • Skylight, peaked, removable
  • Loose linkage arrangements