The 242D3 skid steer loader delivers up to 74.3 hp.
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The 242D3 skid steer loader delivers up to 74.3 hp.

Photo courtesy of Caterpillar

Caterpillar has released 16 new Cat D3 Series Skid Steer Loader (SSL) and Compact Track Loader (CTL) models. The D3 Series models support a line of new smart attachments, a technology that recognizes certain attachments and tailors the controls and operator information to match the tool and the task.

Cat SSLs and CTLs offer advanced control features that include Return-to-Dig and Work Tool Positioner to assist operators with repetitive tasks like grading, digging, and loading.

Entering and exiting the new D3 Series loaders equipped with an enclosed cab is now easier thanks to a wider opening cab door. Additionally, the distance between joystick pods has increased by 3 inches, offering extra space for the operator inside the cab.

Raising Compact Track Loader Standards

New Cat D3 Series CTLs deliver improved operating stability while handling heavy loads, grading or truck loading. Changes to the undercarriage frame and torsion axles reduce machine pitching and rocking.

All Cat D3 Series CTLs feature standard two-speed travel to improve performance at the jobsite. These machines are geared to deliver high torque digging performance as well as high top-end speed for travel. The Cat 279D3 and 289D3 loaders boast an 8.4 mph top-end ground speed, a 20% increase over their D Series counterparts. The Cat 239D3 and 249D3 models are now built with 2-speed transmission as standard, versus the previous single speed, increasing travel speed by 9% and aligning these models with the rest of the two-speed equipped CTL model range.