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Caterpillar Rolls Out D3 Series Skid Steer and Compact Track Loaders

Cat Showcases New Lineup at GIE

At the GIE+Expo in Louisville this year, Caterpillar announced the new D3 Series Skid Steer Loader and Compact Track Loader models. The new Cats build on the D and D2 Series loaders with features that make for an all-around better operator experience, better stability, more advanced controls, and better performance.


Caterpillar D3 Series

Comfort & Stability

Starting with comfort features, the new Cat D3 Series loaders come with a wider door on the enclosed cab. The distance between joystick pods has increased as well. Both of these improvements ought to give you more room to work. It’s a one-piece sealed and pressurized cab, which keeps your immediate workspace clean and quiet.

Further, the new compact track loaders (CTLs) feature improved operating stability while handling heavy loads, grading, or truck loading. This is due to changes the brand has made to the undercarriage frame and torsion axels. Machine pitching and rocking has been reduced as a byproduct.


The Caterpillar D3 Series CTLs now feature two-speed travel to improve productivity around the jobsite. Geared to deliver higher torque digging performance and higher top-end speed, the D3 Track Loaders now have 2-speed transmissions and can top out at 8.4 mph. This is a 9% increase over the previous editions.

Both the Cat D3 Series CTLs and SSLs include Smart Technology that integrates the machine and the attachments. A Smart Attachment Technology lets the D3 models automatically recognize Smart Attachments and convert machine controls to align with the operational and informational needs of the attachment.

Repetitive tasks like grading, digging, and loading can be tackled with the Return-to-Dig and Work Tool Positioner. More machine functions can be automated, which allows tasks to be completed with less user interaction.


The Caterpillar D3 Series ramps up the performance when it comes to vegetation and land management as well.  The D3 CTLs carry a turbocharged 110 gross horsepower CAT C3.8 engine that makes mulching, mowing, brush cutting and vegetation control more manageable. A 40 gpm high-flow/high pressure auxiliary hydraulic system produces a hydraulic horsepower rating of 94 hp.


The Caterpillar D3 Series of Skid Steer and Compact Track Loaders come in a variety of options, which is to say that you can find one that fits the bill for your specific task, from loading jobs to land clearance. Check out the full range of what Cat has to offer by visiting their website.

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