Cat launches new dozer with increased productivity

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Caterpillar has introduced a new versatile, fuel-efficient dozer with increased productivity, the D6K, which includes optional grade technology features that help operators to carry out more quality work in a shorter space of time.

A slope assist feature automatically maintains the vehicle’s blade angles to reach target slope up to 39% faster, with 68% better surface quality, and requiring up to 82% less operator effort.

A slope indicator option displays the machine cross slope and mainfall on the primary monitor, allowing the operator to put the machine on a desired slope and maintain the grade throughout each pass.

Users of the machine are also able to wirelessly connect to their equipment via telematics technology which enables access to insights on machine or fleet performance, such as location, hours, fuel usage, idle time and event codes.

These technologies are in addition to the C7.1 Acert engine that delivers 97kW of power and an eco-mode that optimizes engine speed while still maintaining ground speed to save up to 18% in fuel usage in lighter blade load applications.

A hydrostatic transmission offers high levels of steering response and can mean the 13,500kg (operating weight) machine can push full blade loads of between 3.26m3 and 3.81m3.

August 18, 2017

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