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CAT delivers new compact track loaders designed with user feedback

October 24, 2023  By Rock to Road Staff

The CAT 265 compact track loader. Photo provided by CAT North America

WOODBRIDGE, Ont. — Caterpillar’s newly released next-generation compact track loaders were built on the feedback of real end-users.

The all-new Cat 255 and 265 compact track loaders build on the company’s previous success with the D3 series compact track loader with improved engine performance, lift and tilt performance, stability, operator comfort and technology.

“We kept the DNA of the D3 series while reimagining the possibilities of loader performance using voice of customer feedback to lead the way,” said Trevor Chase, product application specialist for Caterpillar. “Both next generation models leverage the many benefits offered by the vertical lift design.”

The new Cat 255 is intended to replace the 259D3, while the 265 replaces both the 279D3 and 289D3 machines.


New numbers under the hood

The new 255 and 265 loaders are powered by Cat C2.8T and Cat C2.8TA engines respectively. The engines both offer 74hp and maintain horsepower across a wider RPM range. The units boast significant torque increases – gains of 13 per cent for the 255 and 43 per cent for the 265 ­­– making for better handling of heavy loads throughout the work cycle.

Both units were designed with extended lift height, compared to previous models and increased rated operating capacity.

Both models are also shipped from the factory outfitted as ‘high flow ready,’ with the high flow functionality activated through a new software enabled attachment, permitting on-machine or remote activation of increased hydraulic flow. The additional High Flow XPS option increases auxiliary hydraulic system pressure for both models, while also increasing the hydraulic flow.

More comfort in cab 

Both the Cat 255 and 265 compact track loaders feature a larger cab design with additional foot space and more width between the joysticks for improved operator comfort.

A range of new mechanical and air-ride suspension seat options are available for the 255 and 265 loaders, including a high-comfort seat that is both ventilated and heated. New auto temperature control plus vent outlet positioning above the operator helps the new HVAC system to quickly cool the cab’s interior.

The loaders are equipped with either a five-inch standard LCD monitor or an eight-inch advanced touchscreen monitor, depending on the technology package selected.

The standard monitor features Bluetooth connectivity and supports functionality for rear view camera feed, creep, job clock, maintenance reminders and 32 languages.

The advanced touchscreen monitor provides a higher level of control over standard monitor functionality, delivers advanced radio control, and supports the multi-camera, 270-degree option.

The new advanced joysticks provide integrated control of the advanced touchscreen monitor so all machine function control and adjustments can be made without the operator removing their hands from the controls.

More information about the new line-up can be found on the Caterpillar website, or by visiting a dealer.

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