Caterpillar introduce new D5 dozer
Updated model said to feature productivity-boosting technology for next-generation performance
CATERPILLAR have launched their new D5 dozer, which is said to offer the broadest choice of easy-to-use technology features for superior performance.
Replacing the renowned D6N model, the D5 has an operating weight ranging from 17.18 to 19.17 tonnes and is powered by a 127kW (170hp) EU Stage V compliant Cat C7.1 engine through a fully automatic transmission.
The update from D6N to D5 is part of an effort to make all Cat dozer model names simpler. Over the next couple of years, the Cat dozer range will be renamed from smallest to largest – D1 to D11 – with one model per size class and no more letter modifiers such as N, K or T.
According to Caterpillar, the D5 elevates the performance of the predecessor D6N machine with more weight and horsepower, improved steering capability and a long list of technology offerings to help operators get more work done in less time.
The fully automatic three-speed transmission with lock-up clutch offers faster cycle times, as well as optimal power and fuel efficiency, whilst steering improvements and enhanced power train controls offer new levels of steering performance and control.
Raising the standard in comfort and productivity, the completely redesigned cab provides operators with more space, multiple seat and control adjustments for optimal comfort, and a new, easy-to-use 254mm (10in) touchscreen operator interface.
A standard high-definition rear-view camera shows prominently in the main display, whilst overall visibility is enhanced with around 15% more cab glass area, plus a steeper hood angle that provides 30% better forward visibility to the blade and work site.
Technology offerings on the D5 are led by updated, factory-integrated Cat GRADE with 3D, whilst a more intuitive GRADE operator interface works like a smartphone, making it easy for operators to use.
AutoCarry is included with GRADE with 3D to automate blade lift in order to maintain desired blade load, improving load consistency and reducing track slip. Additional GRADE technologies include Slope Assist and Slope Indicate.
In addition to GRADE features, other on-board technologies include Blade Load Monitor, Traction Control, Stable Blade, Cat LINK telematics, Product Link, VisionLink and Remote Services.
In addition, Application Profile and Operator ID help save time by saving the operator’s preferred machine settings, whilst Operator ID with Security provides an optional additional level of security by requiring an operator to enter an ID before the machine will start.
To make steering and slope work easier, the Cat D5 also features advanced controls that automatically manage the power train and brakes. No extra operator inputs are required as the built-in features – including Hill Descent Control, Hill Hold and Steering Radius Control – work in the background.
The D5 is available in standard or low ground pressure (LGP) configurations, with either a push arm or variable pitch angle tilt (VPAT) blade. A folding VPAT blade is available to help meet regional transport width requirements.