Caterpillar’s Cat D9 dozer has been launched as the successor to the earlier D9T model.
Caterpillar has engineered the D9 dozer for lower ownership and operating costs in heavy quarring and aggregates, heavy construction, landfill, bulk materials handling and forestry applications.
The D9 dozer promises a three per cent reduction to overall costs of material moved and a four per cent decrease in maintenance and repair costs.
Designed with fuel efficiency in mind, the D9 offers a five per cent reduction in fuel consumption due to its new torque convertor and stator clutch. It features a Cat C18 engine which can be configured to meet the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 Final and EU Stage 5 regulations, equivalent to United States EPA Tier 2 and Tier 3.
The D9 dozer also can be equipped with numerous blades and attachments to suit a wide range of applications.
The dozer features sensors to enable advanced operating technology solutions including Standard Product Link Elite and Vital Information Management System, which allow for the dozer’s location, operating hours and machine condition to be recorded.
Caterpillar has also listed automated blade assist as an option for the D9, which allows operators to pre-set blade pitch positions to increase efficiency and reduce operator workload.
Another automation option that can be fitted to the D9 is the Cat Autocarry which automates blade lift to improve productivity.
The D9 dozer will be available in the fourth quarter of 2020.