Crawler Tractors & Pipelayers (Sidebooms): Equipment Spotlight

Crawler tractors and sidebooms from Pipeline Machinery International, John Deere, CASE Construction Equipment, Volvo, Midwestern Manufacturing Company and Caterpillar.

Pipeline Machinery Intl.

The PL61 Pipelayer provides 40,000 pounds of lift-capacity. The PL61 features a Cat C6.6 ACERT engine, closed-loop hydrostatic drive system, oval-track SystemOne undercarriage and an electronically enhanced operator station. The pipelayer also maintains hydrostatic draw-works, two-speed load line and extendible counterweight. The 18-foot boom is constructed of high-tensile-strength steel, allowing a robust box-section design that is durable, yet lightweight to optimize payload capacity. The hook and cable-controlled boom are raised and lowered by independent hydraulic winches designed for smooth operation and infinite speed adjustment through their working range. Two-speed operation of the load-line winch provides high speeds for overall productivity, but lower speeds for precise positioning. 713.939.0007,

John Deere

The John Deere 850K crawler dozer features a 187-205 hp PowerTech 6.8-L IT4 diesel engine and numerous customer inspired updates, including viscous cab mounts that reduce noise to the operator’s ear by 45 percent and increased interior room in the cab. The 850K also boasts a hydrostatic transmission and John Deere remains the only North American manufacturer to offer hydrostatics in the 850K’s 200-hp size class. 309.765.1859,

CASE Construction Equipment

The new M Series line of dozers includes five models ranging from 92 to 214 net hp. M Series dozers were designed from the ground up and take into account extensive customer research, testing and feedback related to durability, productivity, controls, comfort and serviceability. Key features found on M Series dozers include best-in-class drawbar pull, increased horsepower ratings, the first selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology built into a dozer, fuel savings up to 14 percent, industry leading visibility, new versatile controls and a pressurized cab for optimal comfort. The new models include the 750M (92 hp), 850M (112 hp), 1150M (127 hp), 1650M (150 hp), and 2050M (214 hp) 866-54CASE6,

Volvo CE

The Volvo PL3005D pipelayers deliver the machine innovation oil and gas industry customers require when operating in demanding conditions. Volvo PL3005D pipelayers are built on a stable, excavator-based platform, providing heavy equipment performance that will lift your piping capabilities and profitability. Featuring 360 degree swing capability for infinite pipe placement opportunities, a unique load management system, ease of transportation and a long reach boom, built for your pipe application. From the pipe yard to the trench and in pipeline construction the machines are highly stable, with tipping capacities from 50-110 tons. 828.650.2000,

Midwestern Manufacturing Company
Midwestern Mfg. produces the M583C sideboom attachment for the John Deere 1050J model crawler tractor. The M583C/1050J pipelayer has a maximum lift capacity of 140,000 pounds. The John Deere tractor with the Midwestern sideboom attachment has produced a pipelayer that has received high praise for its overall balance, visibility and operator friendly controls. The 1050J model, as well as the Midwestern sideboom pipelayer attachments on the 750J and 850J model tractors, is available through the John Deere Construction Division Dealer network. 918.858.4234,

The PL83 has a rated lifting capacity of 160,000 pounds, a Cat C15 ACERT engine, with a net horsepower rating of 310. It retains the field-proven Cat drive train, including a rugged 3F/3R powershift transmission, high-efficiency torque divider, elevated final drives and the exclusive Cat differential steering system. Boom choice for the PL83 includes 24-foot and 28-foot versions, each fabricated with high-tensile-strength steel for durability to handle added payload. A new block-set design enhances sightlines to the pipe, and a new bolt-on block horn on the frame of the tractor’s radiator guard secures the block for transport.

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