Caterpillar Launches 255 and 265 Compact Track Loaders

The new 255 and 265 loaders are powered by Cat C2.8T and Cat C2.8TA engines respectively, which offer 74.3 hp (55.4 kW).

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Caterpillar has released next generation 255 and 265 Compact Track Loaders, which are a ground-up redesign of the previous series. The first next generation models in the compact track loader line, the 255 and 265 offers engine performance, lift and tilt performance, stability and technology.

“We kept the DNA of the D3 series while reimagining the possibilities of loader performance using voice of customer feedback to lead the way,” said Trevor Chase, product application specialist for Caterpillar. “Both next generation models leverage the many benefits offered by the vertical lift design. The new Cat 255 replaces the 259D3, while the 265 replaces both the 279D3 and 289D3 machines.”

All Cat next generation compact track loaders are identified by the ending model number 5. The simplified nomenclature uses the middle number to represent machine size with larger numbers designating larger machines.


The new 255 and 265 loaders are powered by Cat C2.8T and Cat C2.8TA engines respectively, which offer 74.3 hp (55.4 kW). The new engines maintain horsepower across a wider rpm range and feature torque increases, gains of 13 percent for the 255 and 43 percent for the 265 for working performance. A redesigned engine compartment mounts the engine and cooling package lower into the frame for stability when handling heavy loads.

The new 255 loader delivers lift height, and compared to the 259D3, delivers 36 percent more tilt breakout, 26 percent higher lift breakout force and a 24 percent increase in rated operating capacity (ROC). Height to the B-pin for the 265, compared to the 289D3, increases by 7.6 in. (193 mm), resulting in a maximum lift height of 11-foot (3.35 m) for truck loading. The 265 also delivers 19 percent higher tilt breakout force and 22 percent higher lift breakout force.

Standard hydraulic system pressure is increased to 3,500 psi (24130 kPa). New for these next generation machines, the closed-center auxiliary hydraulic system allows the 255 and 265 to operate all Cat Smart Attachments, including the Cat Smart Dozer Blade, with the standard auxiliary hydraulics provided.

For machines equipped with Standard Flow, both models are shipped from the factory outfitted as “High Flow ready.” The High Flow functionality is activated via a new software enabled attachment (SEA), permitting on-machine or remote activation of increased hydraulic flow to 30 gpm (113 l/min) at the standard system pressure. The High Flow XPS factory option increases auxiliary hydraulic system pressure to 4,061 psi (28,000 kPa) for both models, while also increasing the hydraulic flow to 30 gal/min (113 l/min) for the 255 and 34 gal/min (129 l/min) for the 265. The 255 equipped with the High Flow XPS option offers customers auxiliary hydraulic performance.

Reengineering of lower machine components results in a strong and stiff undercarriage for machine stability and less pitching when filling the bucket with material. Its torsion suspension undercarriage delivers material retention, plus the stiff design results in smooth graded surfaces. The 255 loader offers a new 12.6-inch (320-mm) bar-tread narrow track option.


Both the Cat 255 and 265 Compact Track Loaders feature a larger cab design with 22 percent more overall volume and 26 percent additional foot space. With a 2.75-inch (70-mm) increased interior width, the new cab expands footwell-to-ceiling height by 1.8 inches (46 mm) and allows for an additional 1.5 inches (40 mm) of hip room and 1.1 inches (28 mm) more width between the joysticks.

A range of new mechanical and air-ride suspension seat options are available for the 255 and 265 loaders, including a seat that is both ventilated and heated. New auto temperature control plus vent outlet positioning above the operator helps the new HVAC system cool the cab’s interior.

Next generation loaders are equipped with either a 5-inch (127-mm) standard LCD monitor or an 8-inch (203-mm) touchscreen monitor. Like the D3 series’ display, the standard monitor features Bluetooth connectivity and supports functionality for rearview camera feed, creep, job clock, maintenance reminders and 32 languages. The touchscreen monitor provides a high level of control, delivers radio control and supports the multicamera 270-degree option and 32 language choices. The new joysticks provide integrated control of the touchscreen monitor so all machine function control and adjustments can be made without the operator removing their hands from the controls.

Featuring a low entry point, the redesign allows the operator to open the cab door without the lift arms being fully lowered to the frame stops. A two-step door removal process allows operators to remove it without tools. Lower engine mounting, a 59 percent larger rear window and bigger top window that provides a 15 percent increase in viewable area offers visibility in the jobsite.


These new compact track loaders deliver the next level of integrating machines with technology. Both the standard and advanced monitors offer the ability to run Cat Smart Attachments, such as the dozer and grader blades and backhoe. These attachments are tied into the joysticks and the machine automatically recognizes the type of attachment and the required joystick pattern for controlling it.

The available Cat Product Link Elite system tracks machine hours, location, asset utilization, provides fault code details and delivers monitoring and machine health that is remotely accessible via VisionLink. In addition, Product Link Elite provides remote flash and troubleshooting capabilities and enables the remote activation of the SEA High Flow feature.

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