Pictured is the Cat compact track loader with Grader Blade Smart attachment. - Photo: Caterpillar

Pictured is the Cat compact track loader with Grader Blade Smart attachment.

Photo: Caterpillar

Three new Cat Smart attachments, the Dozer Blade, Grader Blade, and Backhoe, are designed to add versatility to a range of D3 Series Cat skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, and multi terrain loaders. The control systems for the new attachments allow operators to easily adapt the machine’s standard controls to precisely match the recognized Smart attachments’ control needs.

The Smart Dozer Blade attachment — available for Cat 279D3, 289D3, 299D3, and 299D3 XE series compact track loaders — are designed for cutting, moving, and grading virtually any material used as a base. The blade features a curved moldboard to keep material rolling and a trapezoid design with angled end bits that allow flush-cutting against vertical surfaces when the blade is fully tilted. The D3 Series host machine recognizes the attachment and unlocks special display screens that allow the operator to select how the blade is controlled.

The new Cat GB120 and GB124 Smart Grader Blade attachments are available for Cat D3- Series skid steer loaders and compact track loaders. As with the Smart Dozer Blade attachment, the D3 host machine recognizes the grader blade and unlocks special display screens that provide options for attachment control, allowing the joysticks to be repurposed to perform attachment functions. Selecting the attachment-control mode allows the right joystick to operate blade functions — tilt (moving the joystick side-to-side), angle (rotating the thumb wheel forward or rearward), and lift (moving the joystick fore and aft). In the advanced display, the home screen shows the cross-slope of the blade, as well as the blade angle.

Standard blade width is 78 inches for model GB120 and 96 inches for GB124. With optional wings extended, width is, respectively, 85 inches and 103 inches. Blade tilt for both models is 15 degrees, blade lift is 6 inches, and maximum cut depth is 4 inches. Independent caster wheels rotate 360 degrees and provide support for forward and reverse grading.

The Cat BH130 Smart Backhoe Attachment is designed for Cat D3 series skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, and multi terrain loaders. The attachment allows these machines to take on a range of tasks, including utility trenching, digging footings, and forming and maintaining drainage ditches. In addition, the backhoe is compatible with Cat 3-ton excavator attachments, and its auxiliary-hydraulic system allows pairing with hydro-mechanical work tools, including hammers, thumbs, augers, and vibratory compactors. The backhoe also hydraulically shifts side-to-side to allow digging adjacent to buildings and footers, and integrated stabilizers provide a solid digging platform.

Maximum digging depth with the BH130 is 9.75 feet, and reach at ground level from the swing pivot pin is 13.25 feet. Stabilizer spread in the working position is 71 inches, and total side-shift travel is 33 inches. Operating weight of the backhoe is 2,325 lbs.