Caterpillar’s purpose-built Cat 299D3 XE Land Management compact track loader (CTL) is part of the company’s D3 Series. The CTL supports 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.
The 299D3 XE Land Management is designed for demanding vegetation-management applications, such as mulching, brush cutting, vegetation control, and mowing. This machine boasts a turbocharged 110 gross hp Cat C3.8 engine that combines with a 40 gpm high-flow/high-pressure auxiliary hydraulic system, producing a hydraulic horsepower rating of 94 hp.
To provide longer intervals of uninterrupted work, the 299D3 XE Land Management has a 58.1-gallon fuel capacity, which is 80% larger than the tank on the standard 299D3 XE model and is sized to provide an estimated run time of 11 to 12 hours. Its one-piece sealed and pressurized cab keeps the operator’s environment clean and quiet.
Additional seals, covers, and other special parts are standard for the 299D3 XE Land Management machine to restrict debris and other materials from entering the engine compartment and lower frame while large removable 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 299D3 XE 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 cooling system’s hydraulically driven fan operates only when required to save fuel, while the reversing fan feature clears intake screens of debris, so the system runs cooler when operating in high ambient temperature applications.