Caterpillar recently announced the release of 16 new D3 Series skid-steer loader (SSL) and compact track loader (CTL) models that advance the D and D2 Series quality, comfort and performance and deliver improvements in operator experience and track loader stability. They also support a line of new Smart Attachments.
In conjunction with the D3 Series introduction, the previous XHP performance model identifier used with the 272 and 299 models has been replaced with XE badge. The 272D3 XE and 299D3 XE models represent the highest performance and most advanced technology available to customers in the Cat SSL and CTL line.
The new purpose-built 299D3 XE Land Management is designed to deliver optimal performance in demanding vegetation-management applications. 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 to produce a hydraulic horsepower rating of 94 hp. It also has a 58.1-gal. fuel capacity.
Other features of 299D3 XE Land Management include a one-piece sealed and pressurized cab; additional seals, covers and other special parts as to restrict debris ingress into the engine compartment and lower frame; and large removable panels for easy access to aid in routine cleaning. The unit 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.
The cooling system’s hydraulically driven fan operates on demand, while the reversing fan feature clears intake screens of debris for cooler operation in high ambient temperatures.