October 2015 Vol. 70 No. 10

New Products

Cat Pipelayers Feature Enhanced Performance

The Cat PL72, PL83 and PL87 Pipelayers – long the standard in the pipe-laying industry for powerful performance, reliability, and durability – feature an integrated, all-Cat power train with differential steering and an electronically controlled hydraulic system that places total control of lifting functions into one single joystick. Independent, variable-speed winches for the boom and hook provide precise control, and the enhanced counterweight system ensures a low center of gravity for optimum performance.
A new Roll-over Protection Structure provides added safety for both open and enclosed operator’s stations. The new, purpose-built Pipelayer cab is now pressurized and incorporates new operator-comfort and convenience features.

The new Cat Pipelayers are designed to meet the demands of the pipeline industry for increased lift capacity, enhanced slope capability, ease of operation, performance and transportability. Rated lift capacity (at tipping point) for the PL72 is 90,000-pounds; 170,000-pounds for the PL83; and 216,000-pounds for the PL87. A non-suspended, elevated-sprocket undercarriage provides ample track-on-ground for added stability, and the new models’ massive mainframes and main cases resist operating stress.

The PL72’s Cat C9.3 ACERT engine has a maximum power rating of 257-horsepower; the Cat C15 ACERT engine in the PL83 and PL87 has a maximum power rating of 363-horsepower; all engines meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emissions standards. The new models feature Cat’s torque divider and electronically controlled 3F/3R power-shift transmission. 713.939.0007, www.plmcat.com

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