Amit Bansal, Sales & Marketing Director-Building Construction Products, Caterpillar India, elaborates on the versatility of the company's skid steer loader..
Caterpillar can contribute to every initiative of the Government of India with Cat equipment and advanced technological solutions. The company is now seeing more patronage for compact machines like skid steer loader, a versatile utility machine. While the machine has mostly been used in the construction of residential and commercial buildings, lately, it is also used in metro rail and industrial applications. With Swachh Bharat as a flagship campaign, the industry will expect to see additional demand from this sector in future.
Make in India
Cat® 216B3 Skid Steer Loaders are manufactured at its India Skid Steer Loader facility near Chennai, which has been operational since 2014. The facility in Thiruvallur is the only one in India that the company has outside the US. Cat launched the skid steer loader for the Indian market in 2015, and has been delighted by the acceptance of this product by customers. Cat has been exporting machines to various countries worldwide.
216B3 Skid Steer Loader
The 216B3 is a compact machine, capable of counter-rotating within its own machine envelope, enabling it to work in tight spaces. Despite being an entry level model, it can handle many attachments, which can be chosen and fitted based on the application. A few key features are listed below.
Operator station and controls: It has a spacious cabin. The model comes with pilot operated joystick levers as standard, which makes it easy to learn. Operation requires little effort compared to machines with hand levers and foot pedals.
A foot throttle pedal helps the operator accelerate the speed of engine whenever there is a need, without having to take his hands off the lever during implement operation. This allows the operator to run the machine at mid-idle, and using full engine RPM only when necessary, which results in better fuel economy. Optional door with glass or polycarbonate windscreen available as field installation kits.
Engine: The 216B3 is fitted with Cat® C2.2 engine, producing a gross power of 51 hp. This enables the dealer to provide complete warranty and service to the machine. Hydrostatic transmission: The model comes with a hydro-static transmission. The pumps are mounted in-line with the engine. The variable displacement piston pumps run the piston type drive motors. The drive motors run the sprocket which runs the wheels through chains. The model is fitted with separate left hand and right hand chain case to which short stub axles are fixed. The chain case and axle can be adjusted to maintain the tension.
Hydraulics: The hydraulic tank is larger and the shape is unique. The cooling fan is driven hydraulically. This, coupled with the 'side by side' cooling pack for hydraulic and engine oil compartment, ensures optimum cooling.
Anti-Stall system: This ensures that the engine does not get stalled when the load is high and ensures that the hydraulic power requirement does not exceed the engine power. The swash plate in the pump adjusts itself accordingly by reducing the flow but maintaining the torque to match the operator command.
Safety: There are a host of features to ensure the safety of the operator: Arm rest bar: Unless it is pulled down, the engine cannot be started. Again when it is raised, the machine's parking brake automatically engages and hydraulics lock out. Spring activated hydraulically released brakes ensure effective and fail safe braking. Emergency exits are present in the rear.
Machine with all-round capabilities: The machine has the ability to work in confined spaces. It comes with standard auxiliary hydraulics and mechanical quick disconnect, making it more versatile as it can be fitted with a lot of attachments easily with less effort and time.
There are more than 20 kinds of attachment that can be fitted on to the machine depending upon the application.