Caterpillar World of Concrete Product Preview

Caterpillar provides a preview of some of its latest products which will be on display at World of Concrete 2012.

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The Caterpillar display at World of Concrete 2012 will encompass 5,000 square feet of prominent floor space in the Central Hall (C5371) and feature a range of new earthmoving and lifting machines making their first public appearance, along with a variety of new work tools and the exclusive new Cat CT660 Vocational Truck in dump- and mixer-body configurations.

K Series 930 Small Wheel Loader

The new Cat K Series Small Wheel Loaders (924K, 930K and 938K) are redesigned to deliver class-leading comfort, performance and fuel efficiency. The new loaders use the Cat C6.6 ACERT engine, which meets Tier 4 Interim emission standards and can deliver fuel savings of up to 30%, compared with H Series models. The new loader linkage blends the power of Z-bar linkage with the versatility of Cat VersaLink or IT linkages for superior performance with buckets or forks. Featuring a new Intelligent Hydrostatic drive system, K Series models are equipped with a front-axle differential lock, new cooling package, and new operator's station with automatic climate control.

K2 Family D5 Track-Type Tractor

The new Cat K2 Track-Type Tractors (D3K2, D4K2 and D5K2) are designed for superior performance in utility and finish-grading applications. Powered by the Cat C4.4 engine, which meets Tier 4 Interim emission standards, these new models feature hydrostatic drive and a new Traction Control system that reduces track slip during maximum load conditions. The new Stable Blade system complements the operator's blade-control input, and a new Eco Mode system can improve fuel economy up to 10% with appropriate reductions in engine speed. Options include ventilated seats and heated control handles.

E Series 304 Mini Hydraulic Excavator

The new E Series Compact Radius (CR) Mini Hydraulic Excavators models—303.5E CR, 304E CR, 305E CR, 305.5E CR and 308E CR SB (swing boom)—feature new engines that meet Tier 4 Interim emission standards and refined auxiliary-hydraulic systems that provide adjustable flow rates, pre-set work-tool flows and continuous-flow capability. Secondary auxiliary-hydraulic controls are integrated into new ergonomic joysticks, and the implement hydraulic system features a new economy mode. A new monitoring system with the COMPASS digital display panel simplifies operator interface with new control features, including an anti-theft feature.

D Series 272 XHP Skid Steer Loader

The new Cat D Series Skid Steer Loaders (272D and 272D XHP) and Compact Track Loaders (299D and 299D XHP) are large-frame models built to take on the toughest digging applications and handle the largest work tools—such as cold planers and wheel saws. The new D Series models use a more powerful, Cat C3.8 engine that meets Tier 4 Interim emission standards and feature a 19% boost in lifting force. The XHP models are the largest and most powerful models of their type ever produced by Caterpillar, having an auxiliary-hydraulic flow of 40 gpm (150 lpm) that produces 22% more hydraulic horsepower, compared with C Series models.

F Series 420 Backhoe Loader

The new Cat F Series Backhoe Loaders (416F, 420F and 430F) are redesigned center-pivot models that deliver enhanced performance, visibility, durability and serviceability. The new models use the Cat C4.4 engine, which meets Tier 4 Interim emissions standards and provides horsepower ratings from 87 to 106 (64-78 kW). The F Series models feature a new loader linkage that provides greater lift and dump heights, as well as increased lift capacity. Specific-model enhancements include an electronic torque limiter for improved hydraulic performance and power management, new torque converter for improved roading characteristics and power-boosted brakes.

C Series TL1255 Telehandler

The Cat TL1255C Telehandler, the largest machine in the new C Series range, has a maximum lift capacity of 12,000 lbs. (5 443 kg) and a maximum lift height of 54.3 ft. (16.6 m). The TL1255's Cat C4.4 ACERT engine, meets Tier 4 Interim emissions standards while developing 142 hp (106 kW). It is specially designed for telehandler applications and can accommodate B20 biofuel. The TL1255, with a top speed of 20.4 mph (32.8 kmh), features a simultaneously extending boom, new Cat 4F/3R powershift transmission with clutch modulation, and new styling and color scheme.