The Cat 550 Harvester is best suited for first, second and third thinning, as well as lighter final felling. This is due to its smaller design and lighter weight. Tight thinning conditions are an easy match for this flexible, yet solid machine.
Caterpillar cut-to-length forestry products provide contractors the results they have come to expect from Cat machines.
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.
Caterpillar has been in the forestry business for generations and has a full understanding of forestry applications.
Today's logger must consider many different criteria before investing in a harvester.
The harvester line is one of the most recent introductions to the Caterpillar Forest Products Group and includes three models: 550, 570, 580.
The 550 Harvester is built with proven components that have been field-tested to ensure the highest level of reliability over the life of the machine.
The 550 Harvester is powered by the Caterpillar 3126 engine.
Caterpillar Harvesters can be used in a wide variety of applications, from first thinning to final felling, and are able to handle a wide range of tree diameters.
Pendulum Arm Suspension
With the pendulum arm suspension technology, the operator can maneuver the machine in the tightest of thinning areas.
Caterpillar 3126 DITA Engine & Transmission
Caterpillar offers a line of some of the most powerful Harvesters for worldwide use.
Each Cat Harvester features an all-wheel drive fully hydrostatic transmission.
The Caterpillar 3126 DITA Engine performs at the full-rated flywheel power, meets all current and proposed worldwide emissions standards up to the year 2002 and is approved for worldwide use.
The unit-injected fuel system provides a controlled fuel delivery increase as the engine lugs back from rated speed.
The turbocharger enhances performance and engine efficiency, especially at high altitudes, by packing more air in the cylinders for excellent combustion.
Jacket Water Aftercooler
Jacket Water Aftercooler reduces smoke and emissions by providing a cooler, more efficient combustion.
Individual, high-pressure unit injectors atomize fuel efficiently for fast response and increased fuel economy with low emissions.
The fuel pre-filter and water separator element combined with two, high-efficiency fuel filters, in series, ensure excellent fuel cleanliness for extended injector and fuel system life.
Camshaft Roller Followers
Camshaft roller followers reduce wear and frictional power losses for excellent fuel economy.
Two-piece articulated pistons with forged steel crown and forged aluminum skirt provide durability, low engine sound levels and enhanced fuel efficiency with improved thermal and structural capability.
Chrome Ceramic Surface
The new Chrome Ceramic Surface (CCS) ring package, specifically developed for high load/high temperature applications, significantly improves engine block life.
The crankshaft is forged and induction hardened for long-term durability and is completely regrindable.
Deep skirt engine block design ensures rigidity and reduces vibration.
The Caterpillar line of harvesters is designed for operator comfort, excellent viewing, and ease of operation.
The operator work environment has a suspended design to help ensure a smooth ride and comfort.
Bucking and Measuring System
The computer aided bucking and measuring system is located in direct line-of-sight for easy viewing.
A digital monitoring system displays all vital machine information and alerts operator of potential hazards that could damage the harvester.
A digital monitoring system displays all vital machine information and alerts operator of potential hazards that could easily damage the harvester.
Easy-to-reach controls give the operator full finger tip command.
Operator ergonomics are improved through an eight-way adjustable seat with seven-way adjustable armrests.
Machine movement is controlled by floor pedals to free up the operator's hands to maneuver the harvesting head with the boom and stick.
Excellent viewing area allows the operator a direct view of the harvesting head and the tree.
Directional traveling is controlled by a floor pedal for easy changing of forward and reverse.
The Caterpillar 550 Harvester is a highly productive thinning machine.
The Caterpillar line of harvesters are designed to withstand rigorous forest conditions by utilizing a rigid design and heavy-duty frame.
The 550 Harvester is best-suited for first, second and third thinning, as well as lighter final felling.
Suspension System, Boom and Stick
Caterpillar Harvesters deliver the versatility and tractive ability needed for demanding forestry applications.
The uniquely designed pendulum arm suspension system allows the operator to harvest in the tightest of thinning and toughest of final felling conditions with unlimited access to those hard-to-reach areas.
The pendulum arm suspension technology has revolutionized the industry.
Caterpillar Harvesters provide customers the solutions needed to operate at the highest levels of production possible.
Boom and Stick
Stick consists of a two-section stick with a box construction design that extends.
Serviceability & Customer Support
Ease of serviceability means less downtime, which translates to more working time.
Major components are made as modules.
Ground Level Access
Ground level access provides convenient servicing to most filters and lube points.
Power hood improves the ergonomic conditions for the operator when servicing.
Centrifugal pre-cleaner removes large debris before it reaches the internal air cleaner to provide significant engine protection.
Spin-on fuel and engine oil filters provide simplified service.
Pressure taps are conveniently located to provide easy access to hydraulic system pressures.
24-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.
Make detailed comparisons of the machines being considered before buying.
Look past the initial price. Consider the financing options available as well as day-to-day operating costs.
Improving operating techniques can boost profits.
What is the cost of preventative maintenance? More and more equipment buyers are planning for effective maintenance before buying equipment.
Diagnostic programs and technical analysis help avoid unscheduled repairs.
Repair, rebuild or replace? Cat Dealers can help evaluate the cost involved so the right choice will be made.
Nearly all Cat parts can be located at the dealer parts counter.
A large choice of factory remanufactured parts and dealer proposed repair options increase machine availability and reduce total repair costs.
Whether the need is light weight for thinning or heavy-duty for larger clear cuts, Caterpillar offers a variety of heads for the best application match.
HH45 Harvesting Head
HH45 Harvesting Heads are the ultimate lightweight thinning solution.
The frame of the HH45 Harvesting Head is constructed of high-strength heat-treated steel to provide a high strength-to-weight ratio, making it one of the most durable, light weight heads on the market.
HH55 Harvesting Head
The HH55 Harvesting Head delivers the power and capacity for an effective final cut while utilizing low weight and flexibility for all types of thinning.
HH65 Harvesting Head
The HH65 Harvesting Head has capacity for an effective final fell, low weight and flexibility for thinning.
HH75 Harvesting Head
HH75 Harvesting Head is massive for massive timber.