The local D-Series skid steer line-up has been extended following the recent introduction of the Cat 232D, a vertical lift unit well-suited for niche markets like landscaping and agriculture. Equipped with an optional two-speed drive system topping out at around 18 kph, the 232D is powered by a Cat C2.2 engine and has a rated load capacity of 840 kg (and 885 kg with the optional counterweight).
As for all D Series models, the Cat 232D’s lift arms have a tubular design that provides optimum lift characteristics and strength, while presenting a narrower profile, which enhances sight lines to the sides of the machine, the tyres, and to the work tool/coupler interface.
The optional automatic work-tool coupler is electrically actuated, and replaces the previous hydraulically operated version. The new coupler is simpler in design, eliminates hoses and connectors, and is easier to install in the field said Barloworld Equipment product marketing manager, Desigen Naicker. (Barloworld Equipment is the Cat dealer for southern Africa.)
An available high-flow auxiliary-hydraulic system provides flows to 97 L/min and pressures to 23 000 kPa. Both standard and high-flow auxiliary systems use connect-under-pressure quick disconnects.
As for other machine classes, Caterpillar has designed the Cat 232D with specific work tool applications top of mind. For the agricultural market, these include bale spears; a bale grab (with a maximum opening of 1.8 m); a silage defacer; and a side discharge bucket for sand and sawdust. Cat spear work tools are supplied in single tine configuration for round bales, and double tine with backrest for square bales.
Spear attachments are now ready for shipment, with the balance of the above work tools available from the second quarter of 2016. Spears can be ordered in lengths of either 990 or 1 245 mm, depending on the materials handling requirement.
Bale spears are secured to the rigid frame with tapered bearings. On the single bale spear, two additional stabiliser spears are located on the bottom of the frame, ensuring the security of the baled material when travelling and loading.
A more specialised tool, Cat silage defacers will come in three different lengths, namely 1.8m, 2.1m and 2.4m. In turn, the side discharge bucket for sand and sawdust comes in either a 1.8m or 2.4m width. Like the bale grab and spears, these work tools can also be fitted on Cat compact wheel loaders where equipped with a skid steer loader coupler interface.
These application specific attachments form part of a comprehensive Cat work tool series for general and industrial requirements, ranging from hydraulic hammers to augers and trenchers.