Caterpillar adds foot pedals across compact range

Cat delivers hand and foot controls on D Series skid steer, multi terrain and compact track loaders

The recessed foot pedals are adjustable (for ergonomics), while a sturdy centre step between the pedals enables entry and egress.
The recessed foot pedals are adjustable (for ergonomics), while a sturdy centre step between the pedals enables entry and egress.

Caterpillar is offering hand and foot controls on its skid-steer, multi-terrain and compact track loader models for the first time with the introduction of the control system on its D Series of loaders.

Using extensive input from hand and foot control users, Caterpillar has designed a set of controls which users can quickly adapt to, while operators who prefer this type of control can now take advantage of the full suite of features that the D Series loaders deliver.

According to the designers, it starts with smart joystick design.

Single-axis joysticks were chosen in order to provide the fore/aft movement operators are used to, and engineered with components that provide the resistance and feel operators expect.

In addition, the shorter joystick travel compared to traditional hand levers means operators can fully use the armrest for increased comfort and reduced fatigue.

The controls are also intended to be customisable by offering multiple control modes and allowing operators to tailor their style to their skill or task.

The recessed foot pedals are adjustable to provide a comfortable and ergonomic operating angle.

The fully sealed and pressurised cab, a differentiating feature of the Cat D Series line, is maintained with the new controls, and a sturdy centre step between the pedals enables entry and egress.

The Cat Hand & Foot Controls option will be available for the 226D, 232D, 236D, 242D, 246D and 262D skid-steer loaders; the 257D, 277D and 287D multi-terrain loaders; and the 239D, 249D, 259D, 279D and 289D compact track loaders.

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