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Caterpillar 255 compact track loader launched at Diesel Dirt & Turf

WesTrac launched the Next Gen Caterpillar 255 compact track loader in Sydney earlier this month

WesTrac officially launched the Next Gen Caterpillar 255 compact track loader on its stand at this year’s Diesel, Dirt & Turf Expo (DDT) in Sydney.

Celebrating 20 years of WesTrac in NSW, the 255 is the first of its kind to arrive in Australia.

The Next Gen 255 has been heavily innovated off the back of customer input and WesTrac says initial feedback suggests this machine is going to be in high demand. In addition to superior performance, the 255 offers significantly enhanced user comfort and operability, WesTrac says.

Replacing the first generation 259D3 compact track loader, the 255 is powered by a Cat C2.8T engine, which offers 74.3 horsepower (55.4kW).

Caterpillar says the new engine maintains horsepower across a wider RPM range and boasts a torque increase of 13 per cent, for improved working performance.

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A redesigned engine compartment mounts the engine and cooling package lower into the frame for improved stability, it adds. This can give the operator confidence in handling heavy loads and aspects of the work cycle.

The 255 delivers class-leading lift height and delivers 36 per cent more tilt breakout compared to its first-generation counterpart. A 26 per cent higher lift breakout force and a 24 per cent increase in rated operating capacity (ROC) is also included as part of the next generation track loader.

Featuring a larger cabin design, operator comfort is maximised with 22 per cent more overall volume and 26 per cent additional foot space. A 70mm increased interior width, expands the cab’s footwell-to-ceiling height by 46mm and allows for an additional 40mm of hip room and 28mm more width between the joysticks.

Caterpillar says a low entry point makes entering and exiting the 255 much easier and the redesign allows the operator to open the cab door without the lift arms being fully lowered to the frame stops.

This launch marks the second Next Gen Caterpillar release following the new excavator range, WesTrac says.


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