Compared to the previous model, the Cat Next Generation 538 lowers maintenance costs by up to 15% over the course of 12,000 hours of operation. - Photo: Caterpillar

Compared to the previous model, the Cat Next Generation 538 lowers maintenance costs by up to 15% over the course of 12,000 hours of operation.

Photo: Caterpillar

The new Cat Next Generation 538 Forest Machine features several significant design upgrades.

Available in Log Loader and General Forest configurations, the 538 has a new electrohydraulic control system with 10% more swing torque that allows the machine to do work with more power and precision. Updates to the drive system result in a 12% increase in travel speed, helping the Cat Next Generation 538 cover more ground and move up and down slopes faster. High Wide undercarriage provides 15% greater ground clearance to help the machine pass over stumps and other obstructions with ease.

The 538 features a Cat 7.1 engine that meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emission standards and is flexible to run on biodiesel up to B-20. Smart mode automatically matches engine and hydraulic power to working conditions to help reduce fuel consumption up to 5% without sacrificing performance.

The 538 offers a cold-start capability of -25 degrees F and reliable high ambient temperature operation reaching 118 degrees F. It efficiently operates at altitudes reaching 9,842 feet without derating. Fuel tank capacity is more than double the previous model, which means the new 538 can operate up to five shifts before refilling.