The Caterpillar Homepage features details on three models new models of compact track loaders: the 279C, 289C and 299C. The new loaders feature durable, steel embedded track and steel undercarriage components for maximum life in aggressive applications. The new tracked machines deliver solid traction and reduced wear on sites with sticky, rocky soils.
According to Caterpillar, the new compact track loaders combine a freshly engineered suspension-type undercarriage, designed and built by Caterpillar, with the chassis of their multi terrain loader counterparts, the 277C, 287C and 297C. The fully suspended undercarriage employs four independent torsion axles for a superior ride and excellent bucket load retention. Class leading track-on-ground of almost 70 inches (1767 mm) provides good flotation and traction, low ground pressure and long track life.
All three models feature two-speed drive systems, with a maximum speed of 8.5 miles per hour, for fast movement around large sites. The electrohydraulic joystick control of the drive motors delivers straight-line tracking, and electronic torque management optimizes productivity. Caterpillar exclusive drive motor seal guards extend the lives of seals and final drives.
At the heart of the Caterpillar compact track loader design is a robust new undercarriage. It uses an external-type sprocket, steel track rollers and idlers, conventional spring-type (grease-adjusted) recoil mechanism and rubber tracks that incorporate the reinforcing strength of steel—both as steel cords that run longitudinally through the tracks and as steel inserts at the sprocket-engagement points. The design emphasizes durability and aggressive traction, suiting it particularly well for applications in which maintenance, operator technique and underfoot conditions might present challenges.
In addition to its heavy-duty construction and heavy-duty performance, the compact track loader undercarriage also is designed to be easy on the operator and easy on the machine. Because the undercarriage is suspended via a pair of torsion axles on each side of the machine, each track assembly can flex independently, resulting in a softer ride for the operator, reduced shock loads through the machine and minimal spillage from the bucket in rough going. And with nearly 70 inches of track-on-ground, the 18-inch-wide rubber tracks exert low ground pressures, while providing added traction and long service life.