New Cat track loader promises agility and versatility


The new Cat 953 Track Loader combines versatility with up to 10 percent better fuel efficiency, more productivity, and cab and controllability improvements. It also meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage V emission standards. At 160hp (119 W) and an operating weight of 35,181lbs. (15 958kg), the new 953 crawler loader replaces the 953K.

Operation made easy

Sized for agility to work in tight spaces, the 953 is easy to operate from an updated cab with suspension seat and adjustable armrests/controls.  An intuitive 10-inch (254 mm) touchscreen dash display is easy to use and features a standard High Definition rearview camera.  Slope Indicate helps make operation easier by showing machine mainfall and cross slope right on the display.

Select joystick or V-lever and pedal steering for transmission controls and either joystick or 2-lever implement controls. The joystick option provides familiar controls for operators experienced with skid steers/compact track loaders. With either control scheme, operators can set implement response – fine, normal, coarse – to match operator preference or application. Repetitive lift, lower, rack, dump and float functions can be preset to make jobs like truck loading easier. Smoother implement and steering response, and improved steering performance provide more controllability.

More efficient 

The 953 is powered by a Cat C7.1 engine. Up to 10% fuel consumption reduction is achieved with the Auto Mode that will adapt the engine speed to the load. Eco Mode will use even lower speed for further reduction in fuel consumption in lighter duty applications. Power Mode will keep engine speed high for a feel of readily available power at all times.

An optional Performance Series bucket boosts productivity up to 20 percent. An optional Fusion™ Quick Coupler enables fast attachment changes. A variety of buckets, forks and other tools can be shared among track loaders, wheel loaders and other Fusion compatible machines.

Purpose-built Low Ground Pressure (LGP), Waste Handling, Ship Hold and partial Steel Mill machines are factory equipped with specialized undercarriage, guarding and other features designed to take on the toughest tasks.


Cat LINK telematics technology helps take the complexity out of managing job sites – by gathering data generated by equipment, materials, and people – and serving it up in customizable formats.

  • Product Link collects data automatically and accurately from equipment assets – any type and any brand – which can be viewed online through web and mobile applications.
  • Access information anytime, anywhere with VisionLink®. A Cat dealer can help configure a customized subscription, available with cellular or satellite reporting or both.
  • The Cat App helps manage assets – at any time – right from a smartphone.
  • Remote Troubleshoot saves time and money by allowing Cat dealers to perform diagnostic testing remotely. Remote Flash updates on-board software without a technician being present, at a convenient time, potentially reducing update time by as much as 50 percent.
  • Application Profile and Operator ID help save time by saving preferred machine settings.
  • Machine Security – Passcode provides an optional additional level of security by requiring an operator to enter an ID before the machine will start.


Engine Cat C7.1
Emissions U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage V
Net Power (1,800 rpm) 119 kW 160 hp
Operating Weight – Standard 15 958 kg 35,181 lb
Operating Weight – LGP 17 261 kg 38,055 lb
Operating Weight – Waste Handler 16 176 kg 35,662 lb
Bucket Capacity – General Purpose 1.8 m3 2.4 yd3
Bucket Capacity – Performance Series 2.1 m3 2.7 yd3

The net power advertised is the power available at the flywheel when the engine is equipped with fan running up to maximum speed, alternator, air cleaner and aftertreatment. Advertised power is tested per the specified standard in effect at the time of manufacture.

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Saul Wordsworth is deputy editor of the iVT brand - which includes digital and print editions of a quarterly magazine and Off-Highway Annual, as well as He is a keen cyclist and lives in north London.

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