Equipment

D8T Dozer

Caterpillar

July 18, 2017 - Equipment

<p><em>Photo courtesy of Caterpillar</em></p>

Caterpillar introduced new productivity options for the D8T dozer, including a larger SU bulldozer blade, performance cutting edges, extended life undercarriage, powered bottom guards, and remote control COMMAND for dozing.

A new 13.4-yard Semi-U Blade delivers 19% more capacity over the standard D8T blade.

Performance cutting edges deliver a cutting action that increases blade load mass by up to 25%. Offering easier material penetration in moderate rock or hard/frozen ground applications, these edges reduce “skating” in difficult-to-penetrate materials. Performance cutting edges dig deeper and improve blade control, load retention, and traction. Ripping can be reduced in some cases, and the on-plane system enables finish grading.

The heavy-duty extended life undercarriage is designed to reduce undercarriage costs, especially in high abrasion conditions. The crowned Dura Link is hardened for long life and reduces idler scallop wear for improved ride after 50% link wear.

Powered bottom guards on the underside of the D8T are built to reduce maintenance downtime, improve safety, and facilitate machine clean-out. After bolts are removed, the doors open hydraulically via a remote switch. The doors can be opened in the center for debris clean-out, or from one side for full maintenance access.

New D8T dozers are remote control-ready. Optional Cat Connect COMMAND for dozing offers remote control machine operation.  Cat offers an over-the-shoulder operator console for line-of-sight remote-control operation from up to 437.4 yards away, or a remote operator station that offers both line-of-sight and non-line-of-sight remote control operation.

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