Cat’s versatile D6K dozer
First publishedin Aggregates Business International
The new Cat D6K dozer combines best-in-class fuel efficiency with the power and precision to excel in a wide range of jobs. With this latest update, the versatile bulldozer gains productivity by adding a choice of optional GRADE technology features to help operators get more quality work done in less time.
A proven Cat C7.1 ACERT engine delivers 97kW of reliable power. Eco Modes optimise engine speed, while maintaining ground speed, saving up to 18% fuel in lighter blade load applications like finish grading. To provide versatility for a variety of tasks, the hydrostatic transmission offers superior manoeuvrability, excellent steering response and the ability to push full blade loads. Optimised undercarriage design provides fast, smooth finish grading capability.
The D6K replaces the current D6K2 following a recent model name simplification plan by Caterpillar. To help get more quality work done in less time, the new D6K offers a range of optional Cat Connect GRADE technologies.
Cat GRADE with Slope Assist, helps operators reach target slope fast by automatically maintaining the dozer blade’s established blade angles. It can achieve a finish grade up to 39% faster, with up to 68% better surface quality and using up to 82% less operator effort (Slope Assist production study, December 2014).
Cat Stable Blade monitors blade movement and automatically adjusts raise and lower, in concert with the operator, to achieve a smoother grade quicker and with less effort.
Cat Slope Indicate displays machine cross slope and mainfall (fore/aft orientation) on the primary monitor, helping operators put the machine on a desired slope and maintain that grade throughout each pass.
For more complex design plans, the D6K can be outfitted with optional Cat AccuGrade.