Hydrostatic Drive, Electronically Controlled
The electronically controlled hydrostatic drive helps provide quick response for shorter cycle times and increased productivity.
Transmission ShiftingThe hydrostatic drive eliminates the need for transmission shifting.
Electronic Hydrostatic ControlThe Electronic Hydrostatic Control (EHC) controls the hydrostatic drive system.
Variable Displacement Pumps and Drive MotorsVariable displacement pumps and variable displacement drive motors are electronically controlled by Electronic Hydrostatic Control.
Separate Hydraulic PumpsSeparate hydraulic pumps offer easy servicing.
Independent PowerIndependent power to each track for speed, maneuverability, or sideslope operation.
Power TurnsPower turns for added control, speed and versatility.
Counter RotationCounter rotation allows spot turns in tight space conditions.
Travel SpeedsTravel speeds are infinitely variable between zero and top speed.
Provides power, reliability and acts as a working counterweight in the rear of the machine for optimum machine balance.
Cat Diesel EngineThe Cat 3116 Diesel Engine is a six cylinder, four-cycle design that provides long, effective power strokes for high torque and more complete fuel combustion.
Rear Engine LocationThe rear engine location allows excellent forward viewing, while serving as a working counterweight.
Fuel SystemDirect-injection fuel system with unit injectors provides efficient, precise fuel metering.
TurbochargerTurbocharger packs more air in the cylinders for excellent combustion and increased engine efficiency.
Air Inlet HeaterAir inlet heater assists engine starting in low temperature conditions by warming the air supplied to the engine.
Extended Life CoolantExtended life coolant, standard in the engine cooling system, reduces the need for maintenance.
Dual Fuel FiltersDual fuel filters with water separator element are used in-line to help ensure clean fuel.
DisplacementHigh displacement-to-power ratio provides extended engine life and exceptional reliability.
Extended Life DesignThe Cat 3116 DIT is designed for extended life.
Operator Station and Controls
Designed for operator comfort and ease of operation.
Ergonomic DesignThe Caterpillar Contour Series seat is ergonomically designed and fully adjustable for maximum operator comfort and control.
Adjustable ArmrestsThe adjustable armrests can be positioned up or down. The right armrest is adjustable forward and backward. Each armrest can be inclined to different angles for excellent operator comfort and control.
Air Circulation SystemAir circulation system delivers filtered, pressurized and temperature-controlled air through 10 louvered vents.
Storage SpacesStorage spaces include a lockable storage box, a lunch box compartment, beverage holder, and coat hook.
Sound-suppressed CabSound-suppressed cab with integral Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS)/Falling Objects Protective Structure (FOPS) is resiliently mounted for a quiet and comfortable working environment.
Enhanced Viewing AreaEnhanced viewing area to the front, sides and rear of the machine.
Radio ArrangementRadio installation arrangement, 24 to 12-volt converter, radio mounting space, and speakers are standard on cab-equipped machines.
Hydrostatic Drive OperationEasy, precise operation of hydrostatic drive system for quick speed and direction changes and maximum maneuverability.
Speed Mode SwitchSpeed mode switch allows operator to choose between "work mode" for fine control or tight truckloading, or "travel mode" for maximum drive speed.
Pilot Operated ControlsPilot operated equipment controls are easy to operate for greater productivity.
Ripper/Bucket ControlAvailable on the 953C is an optional pilot-operated control for ripper or multi-purpose bucket.
Computerized Monitoring System (CMS)
Quickly indicates servicing needs to reduce downtime and improve machine availability.
Computerized Monitoring System FunctionsThe Computerized Monitoring System offers three main functions: quick and simple calibration of the hydrostatic drive system, alerting the operator of situations to prevent damage, and monitoring of hydraulic and electrical systems to aid service personnel.
Computerized Monitoring System WarningsThe Computerized Monitoring System offers three levels of warning.
Additional FeaturesThe 953C also features a key start/stop switch and a speed mode switch.
Box-section main frame is designed to handle heavy loads, while Z-Bar linkage maximizes breakout force.
Main Frame DesignStrong box-section main frame design, with continuous, deep-penetration welds resists twisting loads to protect components from excessive wear.
Z-bar LinkageBreakout force is exceptionally high due to the mechanical advantage of Z-Bar linkage design.
Keeps more track on the ground for maximum traction and stability. Several shoe options provide best match to job conditions.
Independent MovementOscillating undercarriage allows movement of each track independent of main frame.
Swing Link IdlerSwing link idler permits horizontal idler movement, absorbing shock loads and maintaining proper track tension, while eliminating the need for shims and wear strips.
Sealed TracksTracks are sealed and lubricated to keep abrasives out and virtually eliminate pin and internal bushing wear to keep maintenance costs down.
Bolt-on Sprocket Rim SegmentsBolt-on sprocket rim segments allow replacement of worn sprocket teeth without opening the track chain.
Two-piece LinkTwo-piece split master link allows easy track chain removal and installation.
Caterpillar Brand UndercarriageCaterpillar brand undercarriage components are well-matched to each other and the machine for superior life and cost-effective operation.
Shoe Options953C track shoe options include: double grouser, trapezoidal center hole, single grouser, rubber grouser and wider shoes.
A variety of attachments and Ground Engaging Tools (G.E.T.) are available to maximize performance in any application.
General Purpose (GP) BucketGeneral Purpose (GP) bucket is designed for excellent loadability and long life in applications such as hard bank excavating, stripping, and stock pile loading.
Multi-purpose (MP) BucketMulti-purpose (MP) buckets are designed for a broad range of applications such as: loading, stripping, clearing, bulldozing, picking up debris and fine grading.
Ripper-ScarifierRipper-scarifier adds extra versatility to expand the application of the machine.
Protection OptionsBase edge protection options available for GP and MP buckets: Bolt-on cutting edges, reversible; bolt-on, 2-strap adapter and tips including corner guards; and bolt-on adapter, tips and bolt-on reversible edge segments.
Tip OptionsShort; long; and heavy-duty long.
Special Application Attachments
Special attachments are available or can be designed on request to allow the 953C to work in special applications.
Waste HandlingWaste handling attachments provide added versatility and are designed to make the 953C perform well in sanitary landfills, transfer stations and other waste handling applications.
Shiphold AttachmentsShiphold attachments allow the 953C to work in the confined and harsh shiphold environment.
Low Ground Pressure ArrangementSuper Low Ground Pressure arrangement is designed for work in extremely soft underfoot conditions.
Woods Guarding ArrangementsWoods Guarding attachments provide guarding for forestry or clearing applications.
Other Attachments AvailableMany other attachments are available. For other custom-designed arrangements for specific applications, consult your Caterpillar dealer.
Complete Customer Support
Caterpillar's total commitment to customer support and simplified service is part of every Cat machine.
Reduced MaintenanceBatteries are maintenance-free. Caterpillar Extended Life Coolant allows extended change intervals (6,000 hours). Sealed electrical connectors lock out dust and moisture. Cat sealed and lubricated tracks minimize pin and internal bushing wear and reduce maintenance costs. Caterpillar XT hydraulic hose, in medium and high pressure circuits, offers high abrasion resistance and far exceeds industry standards. O-Ring Face Seal (ORFS) hydraulic couplings help eliminate fluid leaks, provide positive coupling head seals and are reusable for low operating costs. Lower bucket pins are low maintenance and oil-lubricated. S•O•Ssm Fluids Analysis helps avoid unnecessary downtime and maintains the machine value.
Easy AccessHydraulic and fuel filters are located close to each other for easy maintenance. Rear engine location allows bucket-on-the ground service checks and maintenance. Ground-level access to lubrication points. Hinged doors allow quick access to the engine, hydrostatic system along with the battery and tool boxes.
Easy DiagnosisThe Computerized Monitoring System and self-diagnosing EHC work together to warn against both occurring and impending faults to reduce downtime. Rapid, easy calibration and troubleshooting of hydrostatic and electrical systems are performed through CMS and EHC systems. Electronic Technician (ET) software is fully compatible with the EHC and provides further diagnostic capabilities. Quick-disconnect hydraulic pressure taps allow quick diagnosis of the hydraulic system. More commonly used pressure taps are clustered inside the left engine door for easy access.
Component ServicingRemovable cab floor-panel for easy access to internal components. Hydrostatic drive system with separate pumps and motors for low replacement or rebuild cost. Color-coded and numbered electrical wiring for easy repair. Split master link to easily open the track chain. Segmented drive sprocket for easy repair without splitting the track, as well as reduced replacement costs and less downtime. Caterpillar XT hydraulic hoses offer excellent flexibility for easy installation. Bolted grab irons are easily replaceable.
Low Cost Components ReplacementCaterpillar Remanufactured parts are available for economical component replacement. Many Remanufactured parts are available for use in the 953C engine and hydraulic system.
Preventive MaintenancePreventive maintenance programs. Ask your Cat dealer for help with managing machine service.
Parts AvailabilityMost Cat parts are immediately available from any dealer. Cat dealers rely on a worldwide computer network to find parts instantly, minimizing your machine downtime. More economical components are available through Caterpillar Remanufactured parts.
Flexible FinancingCat dealers can arrange affordable financing for the entire Caterpillar line. Contact your dealer to learn how terms can be structured to match cash flow.