- Photo courtesy of Caterpillar

Photo courtesy of Caterpillar

The Cat 299D2 XHP Land Management Compact Track Loader is a purpose-built machine solution for demanding vegetation-management applications, including mulching, brush-cutting, vegetation control, and mowing. Applications include site preparation, utility right-of-way clearing, vegetation management for fire prevention, railroad maintenance-of-way, agriculture, and forestry.

The 299D2 XHP Land Management machine’s Cat C3.8 engine, rated at 110 gross hp, combines with its high-flow/high-pressure auxiliary hydraulic system — 40 gpm @ 4,061 psi for a calculated hydraulic-horsepower rating of 94 — to ensure optimum performance when powering attachments such as mulching heads and industrial brush-cutters.

To provide longer intervals of uninterrupted work, the loader has a 58.1-gallon fuel tank, which is 80% larger than the tank on standard 299D2 XHP models and sized to provide and estimated run time of 11 to 12 hours.

This machine is also factory-equipped with seal and cover components designed to restrict debris and other material from entering the engine compartment and lower frame. A debris deflector channels any material created by rotating attachments away from the front of the cab for added safety.

In addition, certain engine and emissions components incorporate special parts and covers, designed to deter debris from collecting on the components, and large frame-access panels provide easy access to aid in routine cleaning. A turbine-type pre-cleaner ejects dust, dirt, and debris from engine-intake airflow before it reaches the filter, thus extending air-filter service life.

The land management model also comes factory-equipped with components that provide guarding to protect front and rear LED work lights, work-tool coupler area, work-tool electrical harness connections, and auxiliary-hydraulic quick-disconnect fittings from impact and debris that are often hazards in land-clearing applications.

The machine provides ground-level access to all daily and routine service points, including engine air cleaner, fuel filter/water separator, engine oil check, engine oil fill, hydraulic oil fill, and hydraulic filter.