Superior comfort keeps you productive, all day long.
The operator station is designed to keep operators comfortable, relaxed and productive throughout the long work shift. The D3K features:
- Standard air conditioning with cab option
- Spacious cab with generous leg room
- Fully adjustable air suspension seat with a heated seat option for cold climates
- Wide door openings for getting in and out of the cab easily
- Operator sound level has been lowered inside the cab 4 dB(A) to an industry leading 80 dB(A) - ANSI/SAE J1166 OCT 98. This provides a quiet, comfortable working environment reducing fatigue and increasing their productivity.
Seat-Mounted Joystick ControlsFor optimum comfort and precise control, the D3K features ergonomically designed seat-mounted controls. Seat-mounted controls isolate vibrations from the operator, and provide independent seat and controls adjustment. Individual wrist pads and armrests can be adjusted independently for optimum comfort.
Monitoring PackageEasy to read display provides vital system information. Buttons below the display allow the operator to select parameters for forward/reverse speed, blade response, steering response and decel pedal operation modes.
Dozer Blade ControlErgonomic joystick is easy to use and reduces operator fatigue. The intuitive control makes operating the tractor easy for both new and experienced operators. The new handle shape conforms to your hand for precise blade raise and tilt control with less operator fatigue. A thumb roller controls the blade angle and requires less effort than other competitive machines. A blade shake button on top of the handle provides momentary quick tilt movement to easily remove material from the blade.
Combined Decel/Brake PedalDecel pedal serves combined function as engine speed control and brake. Depressing pedal through bottom of travel detent applies brake. Pedal mode can also be changed to control transmission speed with selection buttons on the display panel.
Hydrostatic Transmission Control
Seat-mounted controls improve productivity.
Speed and Direction ControlSpeed, direction and steering are all controlled with a single, easy to use joystick for less effort and lower fatigue so you can get more done. The joystick controls direction and has three simple detented positions for travel—forward, reverse and neutral. With the machine in motion, simply move the joystick in the direction you wish to move the machine. The more the joystick is moved to the right or left, the tighter the turn. Regardless of ground conditions, steering is consistent and predictable.
Infinitely Variable Speed ControlThe speed control thumb wheel mounted on the joystick is used to infinitely increase and decrease speed, letting the operator select the optimum speed for ground and job conditions. It also eliminates power interruption when changing speeds. A speed recall button on the joystick is used to select pre-determined speed settings.
ManeuverabilityThe power turn feature lets you handle large loads around corners or through hard spots. Power turn capability improves mobility in soft underfoot conditions and is very effective on side slopes. Counter-rotation provides easy, quick maneuvering in tight areas or congested job sites.
ACERT™ technology reduces emissions, increases performance.
C4.4 ACERT EngineThe Cat® C4.4 is a 4.4 L (269 in3) displacement, four cylinder, inline configured engine equipped with a Caterpillar common rail fuel system. It uses ACERT Technology, a series of Caterpillar engineered innovations that provide advanced electronic control, precision fuel delivery and refined air management, resulting in outstanding performance and lower emissions. It meets the U.S. EPA Tier 3, EU Stage IIIA and Japan MOC Step 3 emissions standards.
Outstanding PerformanceThe C4.4 delivers increased horsepower, outstanding durability, reliability and improved response to change in loads, delivering power when you need it. The engine is more compact, allowing the cab to sit more forward - this improves machine balance and provides greater operator comfort. The engine and transmission control systems are integrated to optimize performance and fuel efficiency.
Lower owning and operating costs.
Durable Undercarriage ChoicesUndercarriages are a significant portion of a tractor's owning and operating costs. Caterpillar offers two different undercarriage choices for lowest owning and operating costs for your application needs. A sealed and lubricated track (SALT) undercarriage is standard; SystemOne™ undercarriage is available as an option. Full length guarding on top of the track roller frame prevents abrasive material from falling down on moving parts. Machine balance is the key to good grading performance. Greater track length and a stable platform lead to optimum balance, allowing you to complete jobs easier and quicker with the D3K than with competitive machines.
SystemOne UndercarriageWith the revolutionary SystemOne undercarriage option, undercarriage maintenance time and costs are greatly reduced, lowering your costs and helping your bottom line. This innovative system uses a rotating bushing design which increases bushing life and eliminates the need for bushing turns. The rotating bushing combined with long wear life sprockets and center tread idler, increases the life and dependability of the entire system. Ideal for virtually any application or underfoot condition, the SystemOne undercarriage also features significantly less vibration for a better, more comfortable ride.
Sealed and Lubricated Track (SALT) UndercarriageThe standard sealed and lubricated track (SALT) undercarriage is built for long life in rugged conditions. Segmented sprockets are easy to replace and less expensive than replacing the complete sprocket hub.
Choice of Undercarriage ConfigurationsTrack frames are available in extra long (XL) or low ground pressure (LGP) configurations. XL undercarriage provides increased ground contact area and flotation, superior balance and excellent finish grading. In addition, the LGP version also features a wider track shoe, increasing ground contact area for optimum flotation and stability on sloping and finish grading jobs. As an additional choice, the LGP undercarriage on the D3K is available with 762 mm (30 in) shoes.
Grade with increased accuracy.
Grade Control SystemsCaterpillar is revolutionizing the way to move material with new technology solutions for earthmoving machines - solutions that provide greater accuracy, higher productivity, lower operating costs and greater profits. The AccuGrade System is designed and integrated into the machine and hydraulic systems to create an automated blade control system that allows operators to grade with increased accuracy. The system uses machine-mounted sensors to calculate precise blade slope and elevation information.
AccuGrade LaserAccuGrade Laser uses a laser transmitter and receiver for precise grade control. A laser transmitter on the worksite creates a constant grade reference over the work area. A digital laser receiver mounted on the machine captures the laser signal. The system calculates the blade adjustments necessary to achieve grade, makes automatic elevation adjustments typically performed by the operator and provides automatic blade control. The operator simply steers the machine. Automated blade control lets you achieve grade faster and in fewer passes, reducing the need for traditional survey stakes or grade checkers. The system also calculates cut/fill requirements for manual blade control. Work is completed faster, more accurately and with less manpower. AccuGrade Laser is well suited for flat work such as concrete pads and driveways.
AccuGrade GPSAccuGrade GPS computes the machine positioning information and compares the position of the blade relative to the design plan. Information is provided to the operator via an in-cab display showing blade elevation, necessary cut/fill to achieve grade, blade position on the design surface and a graphical view of the design plan with machine location. AccuGrade GPS puts all the information the operator needs to complete the job in the cab for a greater level of control. Vertical and horizontal guidance tools visually guide the operator to the desired grade. Automated features allow the hydraulic system to automatically control blade adjustments to move the blade to grade. The operator simply uses the light bars to guide the machine for consistent, accurate grades and slopes, increasing productivity with less fatigue. AccuGrade GPS is best used for cut and contour jobs.
AccuGrade MonitorCaterpillar is the first to integrate this system and its monitor into the machine’s dash for easy viewing during operation. The AccuGrade monitor is conveniently located, allowing the operator to view system information while keeping a straight line of sight to the blade corners.
Blade and Attachments
Cat work tools can handle tough dozing applications.
VPAT BladeThe VPAT blade is specifically designed for finish grading, backfilling ditches, cutting V ditches, windrowing, fill spreading, medium land clearing and heavy dozing. Built for rugged strength and durability, this 6-way blade allows for adjustable angle, tilt and pitch. Visibility to the blade corners and cutting edge is improved. This is especially critical when working near curbs and foundation structures.
Parallelogram RipperThe aggressive parallelogram ripper lets you do more productive ripper work. The parallel linkage design provides better penetration and maneuverability in tight working areas.
An easier way to work in the woods. The D3K is available with the following features to aid in forestry applications:
- Forestry blade, featuring additional guarding to protect the tractor from debris and to provide increased blade productivity
- Cat hydrostatic winch, featuring excellent line pull at any speed and infinitely variable drum speed
- Heavy-duty rear tank guard.
Infinitely variable speed control.
The Cat hydrostatic winch offers outstanding control of the load with infinitely variable modulation of speed and pull. Mechanical winches force the operator to choose the gear ratio of the winch. The Cat hydrostatic winch eliminates this compromise by providing the speed of a standard winch and the pull of a low speed winch, all in one package. The result is:
- Excellent line pull at any speed
- Infinitely variable drum speed
- Lower operator effort
- Unmatched load control
Easy access and minimal maintenance requirements keep your machine on the job.
Easy AccessLong service intervals and easy maintenance keep the machine up and running and lower your owning and operating costs. A large, hinged door on the engine compartment provides easy access to all regular engine maintenance points, including engine fuel filters and water separator, the engine oil filter, the engine oil dipstick and filler, the fuel priming pump and the engine air pre-cleaner and filters. Grouped pressure taps allow for quick testing and troubleshooting of the hydraulic system. The hydraulic filters are all located in the left rear service compartment and are accessible from ground level.
Product LinkThe optional Product Link system simplifies equipment fleet tracking. Using satellite or cellular technology, the system automatically reports information such as location, machine hours, active and logged service codes and security alarms.
Machine Security SystemAn optional Machine Security System (MSS) that utilizes a programmable key system that deters theft, vandalism and unauthorized usage. MSS uses electronically coded keys selected by the customer to limit usage by individuals or time parameters.
Unmatched support makes the difference.
Your Cat dealer is ready to assist you with your purchase decision and everything after.
- Make comparisons of the machines, with estimates of component life, preventative maintenance and cost of production.
- Financing packages are flexible to meet your needs.
- Your Cat dealer can evaluate the cost to repair, rebuild and replace your machine, so you can make the right choice.
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