Caterpillar 554 Forwarders
Caterpillar has set the trend for durability over the last 75 years and has a reputation for manufacturing products that withstand the test of time.
ReliabilityCaterpillar has been in the forestry business for generations and has a full understanding of forestry applications.
InvestmentToday's logger must consider many different criteria before investing in a forwarder.
FlexibleCaterpillar offers two models of forwarders which are designed and built to handle a wide variety of forestry applications.
Proven ComponentsThe 554 Forwarders are built with proven components and are field-tested to ensure the highest level of reliability over the life of the machine.
Front Powered Bogie LiftBy utilizing the front powered bogie lift and eight-wheel drive transmission, the operator can maneuver the machine in the tightest of thinning areas.
Hydraulic FlowThe 554 Forwarders provide the necessary hydraulic flow, tractive mobility and power to load logs on steep slopes and unfavorable terrain, giving the customer the ability to drive an efficient and productive loading operation.
Variety of Application UseCaterpillar Forwarders can be used in a wide variety of applications, from first thinning to final felling. These forwarders provide the versatility, durability and reliability today's logger needs to effectively manage their cut-to-length operation.
Caterpillar 554 Forwarders deliver cost effective power for hauling wood to the roadside.
Flywheel PowerThe Caterpillar 554 is powered by the 91 kW (122 hp) Caterpillar 3054 DITA Engine.
PistonsThree-ring pistons are made of lightweight, silicon/aluminum alloy for strength and maximum thermal conductivity.
CrankshaftCrankshaft is chrome/molybdenum-steel forged with tuffride hardened journals for long-term durability.
Cylinder BlockCylinder block is high-strength cast iron alloy of deep-skirt, monobloc design for increased strength and extended life.
Fuel SystemDirect-injection fuel system provides accurate fuel deliver.
Air CleanerTwo-stage air cleaner improves viewing by eliminating hood-mounted precleaner.
Thermal Starting Aid SystemThermal staring aid system for efficient cold weather starting is standard.
Exhaust ValvesExhaust valves are heat-resistant, silicone-chrome steel intake and stellite-faced to help extend engine life.
Environmental Safety StandardsCaterpillar understands the importance of environmental safety standards.
Designed for comfort and ease of operation while working in demanding forestry conditions.
Operator EnvironmentOperator environment is designed for safety, comfort, and ease of operation and control.
Mini Control LeversMini Control Levers are used to operate the knuckleboom loader and are engineered to give the operator finger tip control.
Viewing AreaExcellent viewing area allows the operator maximum vision to site out the most productive path possible and gives the operator a full peripheral view of the forest area, thus improving loading times and increasing productivity.
ControlsEasy-to-reach controls reduce unnecessary movement by the operator during driving and loading functions.
Digital Monitoring SystemA digital monitoring system monitors critical machine systems and alerts the operator to systems status that could harm the machine.
Window WipersFront/rear and optional side window wipers help maintain clear viewing in adverse weather conditions, eliminating potential safety risks and improving overall cycle times.
Operator ErgonomicsOperator ergonomics are improved through an eight-way adjustable armrests.
CabCab is ROPS/FOPS/OPS certified.
Transmission and Suspension
Caterpillar Forwarders deliver the versatility and tractive ability needed for demanding forestry applications.
Hydrostatic CircuitThe 554 Forwarder features a hydrostatic circuit and a 2-speed power shift transmission that provides power to all eight wheels.
Front Bogie LiftA powered front bogie lift is optional on the 554. This feature on Caterpillar Forwarders enables the machine to achieve maximum tractive ability in poor underfoot conditions.
Hydraulic CylinderEach bogie is controlled by a separate hydraulic cylinder for individual movement on each side of the forwarder. The operator has the ability to climb over high stumps or rocks, as well as traveling through deep snow or extremely wet conditions.
Caterpillar Forwarders decrease overall cycle times while providing low fuel consumption levels and minimal ground disturbance.
Tractive ForceCaterpillar Forwarders utilize a hydrostatic/mechanical transmission to achieve high tractive force in tough underfoot conditions.
PayloadThe 554 Forwarder incorporates a 10 metric ton payload.
Ease of serviceability means less downtime, which translates to more working time.
Built-in Service EaseMajor components are made as modules. Most components can be removed without disturbing or removing others.
Ground-Level AccessGround-level access provides convenient servicing to most filters and lube points.
Pre-CleanerCentrifugal pre-cleaner removes large debris before it reaches the internal air cleaner to provide significant engine protection.
Oil FiltersSpin-on fuel and engine oil filters provide simplified service.
Pressure TapsPressure taps are conveniently located to provide easy access to hydraulic system pressures.
Electrical System24-volt electrical system delivers increased electrical power for lights, engine cranking and engine diagnostics.
Cat Dealers offer a wide range of services that can be set up under a customer support agreement when purchasing equipment.
SelectionMake detailed comparisons of the machines being considered before you buy. What are the job requirements? What production is needed? What is the truce cost of lost production? Cat Dealers can provide precise answers to these questions.
PurchaseLook past initial price. Consider the financing options available as well as day-to-day operating costs.
OperationImproving operating techniques can boost profits.
MaintenanceWhat is the cost of preventative maintenance? More and more equipment buyers are planning for effective maintenance before buying equipment.
Diagnostic ProgramsDiagnostic programs and technical analysis help avoid unscheduled repairs.
ReplacementRepair, rebuild or replace? Cat Dealers can help evaluate the cost involved so the right choice will be made.
Products SupportNearly all Cat parts can be located at the dealer parts counter.
Factory Remanufactured PartsA large choice of factory remanufactured parts and dealer proposed repair options increase machine availability and reduce total repair costs.