Without a doubt, Caterpillar is one of the most recognized names when it comes to heavy machinery worldwide. The company now has a range of products that are used on construction sites, in demolitions and in mining among other heavy industries.
Caterpillar not only makes quality equipment that does the job, it has a rich history that helps prove its status as one of the best heavy machinery makers in the world.
The Caterpillar Tractor Company was formed in 1925 after a merger between Holt Manufacturing and the C.L. Best Tractor Company. By 1948, Caterpillar had opened their first dealership and more soon followed.
Caterpillar machines have been used in the construction of some great American landmarks like the Golden Gate bridge, the Grand Coulee Dam and the Mississippi levee.
Caterpillar also contributed 51,000 tractors to the American war effort in World War II.
Today, Caterpillar offers just about any heavy machine that you could wish to have. These include off-highway trucks, motor graders, bulldozers of varying sizes, pipe layers, track loaders, drills, excavators, compactors and many more.
The question is, would you be able to identify these various machines from just a screenshot?
Well, if you think you can, take the test and we will see!
The 785 D mining truck from CAT has a gross operating weight of 250,000 kilograms! It generates over 1000 kW of power and has a top speed of 54 km/h.
Bulldozers with wheels offer speed, maneuverability and mobility. The 834K is a large-sized wheeled dozer from CAT.
The biggest digging jobs need serious excavators such as the 336D2 from CAT. It has an operational weight of 86,840 kg’s.
This machine uses a massive roller, usually on the front, to compact soil, among other surfaces. The CW 12 from CAT has a roller that can cover a width of just over 2 meters.
With an operating weight of 7713 kg’s, the CAT D3K2 falls into the small bulldozer class. Don’t be fooled, it can get the job done!
A three-axle articulated truck, the CAT 725 C has a bare chassis. The C13 engine produces 375 brake horsepower and the truck can travel at up to 55 km/h.
As their name suggests, asphalt pavers do exactly that – lay down asphalt. The AP255E is a tracked asphalt paver with a paving width of between 4.6 and 8.5 feet.
With a compaction width of 0.9 meters the CAT CB1.7 is a tandem vibratory roller perfect for any construction site.
Rotary drills are used in a number of different scenarios in mining and construction. The MD6310 for CAT is one of a few models offered by the company. It allows for a big load of up to 42,000 kg’s and can drill a hole up to 311mm in width.
Laying a pipeline? The CAT PL61 pipe layer is all you need.
With a blade to create flat surfaces, graders are found on all construction sites. The Cat 12k is a brilliant example of a small grader for smaller sites. It has a blade width of 3.7 meters.
A screed machine is used to level concrete. CAT offer a range of models such as the SE60 VT which has a 6.0m range.
Essentially ore removers, electric rope shovels such as the CAT 7495 HD is used in mining.
Road reclaimers are used on damaged roads. By bashing the asphalt and adding an underlying base along with a binding agent, the road can be repaired. The CAT RM 300 does exactly that.
Bulldozers with wheels offer speed, maneuverability and mobility. The 824K is a medium-sized wheeled dozer from CAT.
A cold planer is a necessary piece of equipment when replacing roads for example. It has the ability to not only tear up tarmac but then to deliver it straight into a waiting truck to be taken away. The PM312 from CAT has a cutting width of 1 meter and comes with a tracked undercarriage.
Loaders with wheels offer speed, maneuverability and mobility. The 916K is a compact-sized wheeled loader from CAT.
Similar to pneumatic rollers, a soil compactor is used to compact soil. The 825K from CAT is perfect for heavy-duty compacting jobs. It has a blade width of around 4.6 meters.
Essentially, forest machines are made to operate among the trees and are able to take a host of attachments to be used in a range of jobs. The CAT 234D FM is an excellent example of this type of machinery.
With a blade to create flat surfaces, graders are found on all construction sites. The Cat 12M is a brilliant example of a medium grader. It has a blade width of 3.7 meters.
Articulated trucks are used on many sites around the world. This 725 C2 model from CAT can carry a rated payload of 23 tons.
This medium CAT dozer comes in with an operating weight of close to 25,000 kilograms. The DR7 has a maximum blade width of 4.5 meters and three blade options.
As their name suggests, asphalt pavers do exactly that – lay down asphalt. The AP300F is a wheeled asphalt paver with a paving width of between 5.6 and 11 feet.
When you need to dig on a construction site, you call in an excavator. The 300.9D from CAT is perfect for smaller digging jobs not suitable for manual labor. It has an operating weight of 936 kgs.
Feller bunchers are used to help harvest trees. The CAT 522B is a great example of a rugged, hard-working machine in this category of heavy machinery. It has a reach of 8.1 meters.
Backhoe loaders are found on many construction sites and are capable of digging, trenching and backfilling, among other tasks. The 416 F2 operates with a center pivot and has a digging depth of 4.3 meters.
When you need to dig on a construction site, you call in an excavator. The 318D2L can handle bigger jobs and has an operational weight of 8,400 kg’s.
An important mine excavation tool, CAT offers many drag line models such as the 8200. It has a boom length of 100 meters.
This large CAT dozer has an operating weight of 48,000 kg’s. No job is too big for this behemoth.
For tougher digging jobs, the CAT 326 D2 is your excavator of choice. It has an operational weight of 28,500 kilograms.
The CAT 775g WTR Bare chassis off-highway trucks often have specialty functions such as water trucks or tow tractors depending on how they are needed on-site.
A dozer specifically for handling waste, the D9T has an operating weight of over 50,000 kg’s and a maximum blade width of 5.5 meters.
Backhoe loaders are found on many construction sites and are capable of digging, trenching and backfilling, among other tasks. The 444 F2 has a sideshift digging arm.
A cold planer is a necessary piece of equipment when replacing roads for example. It has the ability to not only tear up tarmac but then to deliver it straight into a waiting truck to be taken away. The PM 312 from CAT has a cutting width of 1.22 meters and comes with a wheeled undercarriage.
A serious digger for mining work, the CAT 6020B Hydraulic mining shovel comes with two bucket attachments (heavy rock and standard rock). This machine will shovel through practically anything.
This off-highway mining truck from CAT carries a payload of 38 tons and has a top speed of 73 km/h with the engine delivering 384 kW.
The perfect grader for larger construction sites, the CAT 24 has a large blade width of 7.3 meters.
Does what it says on the box! A compactor compacts, most notably soil. The 816K is specifically designed for heavy duty compacting work.
These loaders, as their name suggests, can work in practically any terrain type. This is helped by their grippy rubberized tracks. The 297D is a very popular model from CAT
These trucks are normally used to take ore, waste products and anything else that needs to move off site.