Caterpillar has made a significant leap forward with the introduction of its new Cat 255 and 265 compact track loaders. Revealed on October 4 at the company’s Edwards Demonstration and Learning Center in Edwards, Illinois, these machines are poised to redefine performance and efficiency in the industry.
The 255 is set to replace the 259D3, while the 265 takes the place of both the 279D3 and 289D3 machines. Enhancements and upgrades are evident, marking an evolution driven by customer feedback and innovative engineering.
Both models are powered by the robust 74.3-hp Cat C2.8T and Cat C2.8TA engines.
Trevor Chase, a product application specialist at Caterpillar, says:
“We kept the DNA of the D3 series while reimagining the possibilities of loader performance using voice of customer feedback to lead the way.”
A redesigned engine compartment that mounts the engine and cooling package lower into the frame distinguishes these machines, contributing to improved stability. The new models boast increased lifting heights:
- the 255 reaches 124 inches, an enhancement of 2.5 inches over the 259D3,
- the 265 extends to 132 inches, 7.5 inches more than the 279D3 and 289D3 models.
Upgraded Cab and Control Features
Operators are treated to a redesigned cab layout, accentuating comfort and operational efficiency. The increased cab space, new joysticks, and a revised entry and exit design, characterized by a lower entry point and a 2-step cab door lift-off, promise an improved user experience.
Dante Thomas of Caterpillar highlights the machines’ capability to undertake more work, especially in dumping tasks, an attribute he underscores as crucial in the rental industry.
Feedback from the Field
Derrick Rogers, the owner/operator of Coast 2 Coast Lawn Maintenance, shared insights on the new machines’ practical performance. He applauded the increased cab space and operator comfort, essential for teams working long hours.
Rogers commented, emphasizing the machines’ capability to handle tasks from building house pads to final grades without requiring additional equipment:
“It has way more power, way more ground pressure as far as pushing goes.”
Hydraulic System and Attachment Compatibility
A notable introduction is the closed-center auxiliary hydraulic system, enhancing the machines’ compatibility with all Cat Smart attachments, including the Cat Smart dozer blade. For models equipped with Standard Flow, the “High Flow ready” feature is a standard outfitting from the factory.
Customers can look forward to getting their hands on these innovative compact track loaders in the first quarter of 2024. With the enhanced performance, comfort, and efficiency features, the Cat 255 and 265 are poised to be game-changers in the heavy equipment landscape.