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Pipelayers(Non Current)

Cat Pipelayers have been the standard of the pipelining industry for decades. A worldwide network of Caterpillar dealers, in tune with the special high production needs of pipeliners, supports these durable, dependable machines.

583R Pipelayer

The 583R Pipelayer is built using elevated sprocket design and is the standard for the pipeline industry.

  • Specification Summary

  • Engine Model3406C
  • Flywheel Power228.0 kW
  • Net Power – ISO 9249228.0 kW
  • Lift Capacity63504.0 kg
  • Operating Weight44748.0 kg

Product Details


Engine Model 3406C
Flywheel Power 228.0 kW
Net Power – ISO 9249 228.0 kW

Pipelaying Equipment

Lift Capacity 63504.0 kg


Operating Weight 44748.0 kg


Length 5486.0 mm
Shipping Height 3513.0 mm
Shipping Width 3644.0 mm

Power Train

The rugged, easy-to-service Caterpillar 3406C Engine has a 55 percent torque rise and meets worldwide emissions regulations. An exclusive Caterpillar designed torque divider allows the engine to respond quickly to varying work applications while providing high fuel efficiency.


Caterpillar 3406C engine performs at full-rated net power of 228 kW (305 hp) at 2100 rpm with high torque rise of 55 percent. The large displacement and high torque rise provide the 583R with the power needed on challenging jobs. The high displacement rating allows long hours of continuous operation.


3406C Engine meets worldwide emissions regulations for the Environmental Protection Agency, the European Union and the California Air Resources Board.


Turbocharging and aftercooling provide high horsepower while keeping rpm and exhaust temperatures low. The efficient, direct-injection fuel system keeps fuel costs down.


A steel spacer between the block and head eliminates the need for block counterbores, extending block life.

Longer Life

Components live longer because oil-cooled pistons and full-length, water-cooled cylinder liners provide maximum heat transfer for longer component life. The cylinder heads also utilize additional coolant passages to provide maximum cooling to the rear of the engine.

Stellite Valves

Stellite-faced valves, through hardened crankshaft journals and steel-backed, copper-bonded aluminum bearings help assure reliable performance in the toughest duty.

Dealer Exchange

Cat Dealer’s exchange program for major engine components can cut repair time and costs.

Torque Divider

Torque Divider. A single-stage torque converter with output torque divider sends 70% of the engine torque through the converter, 30% through a direct drive shaft for greater driveline efficiency and higher torque multiplication.

Converter Design

The torque converter shields the driveline from sudden torque shocks and vibration.


Planetary Power Shift Transmission has 3-speeds forward and 3-speeds reverse and utilizes large diameter, high-capacity, oil-cooled clutches.
  • Modulation system permits fast speed and direction changes.
  • Modular transmission and bevel gear slide into rear case for servicing ease, even with ripper installed.
  • Oil-to-water cooler for maximum cooling capacity.
  • Forced oil flow lubricates and cools clutch packs to provide maximum clutch life.

Cooling System

The Advanced Modular Cooling System (AMOCS) has excellent cooling capacity. AMOCS allows the machine to be operated in the most demanding environments.

Advanced Modular cooling system (AMOCS)

Advanced Modular cooling system (AMOCS) utilizes an exclusive two pass cooling system and increased cooling surface area to provide a more efficient heat transfer system than conventional systems.

Extended Life Coolant (ELC)

Caterpillar Extended Life Coolant (ELC) is standard in 583R pipelayers. Engine coolant life can be doubled, allowing longer intervals between coolant changes, when Cat extender solution is used at 3000 hours.

Cooling Elements

The cooling elements are individual core modules that are connected to a sectioned bottom tank. There is no top tank to remove.
  • 9 steel fins per inch.
  • Brass tube construction within each core.


The servicing of the AMOCS can be performed without tilting the radiator guard.
  • No need to remove or replace a major component as on single-core radiators.
  • Each core module can be replaced individually (without removing the entire radiator or tilting the radiator guard), saving considerable cost and repair time.


Mainframe is heavy, strong and durable. Full box-sections, steel castings and continuous rolled rails provide durable support to the undercarriage, elevated final drives and other integral frame components.


High strength steel mainframe. The 583R mainframe is built to absorb high impact shock loads and twisting forces.


Precision, top level machining enhances alignment of bores and surfaces.

Roller Frames

Roller frames are tubular, to resist bending and twisting, with reinforcement where operating stresses are the highest.
  • Non-oscillating roller frames for greater stability in pipelaying applications.
  • The recoil system is sealed and lubricated.


The elevated sprocket moves the final drives above the work area, isolating them from ground impact for long power train component life.

Final Drives

Final drives and associated power train components are raised above the work area, isolating them from the ground-induced impact loads, as well as pipelayer loads, extending power train component life.


Sprocket position keeps sprocket teeth, bushings and final drives away from the abrasive materials and moisture, resulting in longer final drive gear and seal life.

Track Shoes

Track shoes are 710 mm (28 in) single grouser design and made from heat-treated, rolled steel for added strength. Long track frame and wide gauge enhance track contact area, providing a stable working base.

Operator's Station

Ergonomically designed for maximum productivity and comfort. Controls are low-effort and easy to reach. The instrument panel is easy to read and informative.


Operator’s station provides excellent comfort and convenience.


Pipelayer controls are low-effort and allow simultaneous, precise positioning of the load line and boom, while allowing the operator to select a high or low speed range.


A storage compartment has been included for operator convenience.


Transmission control. Simple U-shaped shift pattern with excellent detents makes speed changes smooth, fast and accurate.

Instrument Panel

Instrument panel is the Electronic Monitoring System (EMS) for monitoring critical machine functions. There is also a gauge group displaying power train oil, hydraulic oil and coolant temperatures.


Pipelayer steering clutch levers are easy-to-reach, low effort controls. They are independently actuated for sure, precise steering.


Separated brakes are independent of the steering clutch function to give the machine precise steering control.


The seat is ergonomically designed and fully adjustable for maximum comfort.

Governor control

High to low idle setting allows the operator to set engine speed at the desired rpm.

Accelerator Pedal

Accelerator pedal allows the operator to control engine speed while freeing hands for transmission and pipelayer controls.


Counterweight control adjusts the position of the counterweight for added machine stability.


Fully hydraulic load line and boom winches provide excellent speed capability. Counterweight and frame design provides excellent stability.

Winch and Boom

  • Boom and hook drawworks are driven by independent hydraulic winches.
  • Oil-disc brakes provide smooth operation, positive retention of boom and hook positions.
  • Modular design allows fast replacement, easy field service and testing.
  • High parts interchangeability between hook and boom winch assemblies.
  • Winches provide both low and high speed raise.
  • Infinitely variable speed controls for both boom and hook allow precise control.
  • Replaceable boom-mount bearings.
  • Emergency free-fall function on load line control allows the operator to drop the load quickly.

Counterweight and Frame

  • Counterweight is extended hydraulically for improved load balance and clearance.
  • Counterweight segments are contoured to provide a low center of gravity and enhanced forward viewing area. Segments are splined to the counterweight assembly for ease of assembly and disassembly.


• Able to tow a wide range of attachments.


Major modular components are designed for excellent serviceability and allow fast, in-field component exchange.

Modular Design

Modular design of power train components permits fast removal and installation.

Modular Testing

Pre-testing modular components before installation or after repair assures high quality.

Service Points

Grouped service points and excellent access to service areas make routine checks fast and convenient.

Simple Inspection

Quick, easy service access simplifies inspection of daily maintenance items.

Test Points

Pressure test points for power train and hydraulic systems are provided.


Electrical diagnostic connector enables fast troubleshooting of starting and charging systems.


AMOCS individual cooling elements allow radiator servicing without major component removal, saving considerable time and cost.

Cat Remanufactured

Caterpillar Remanufactured starters, alternators, cylinder heads, short blocks, engines, oil pumps and final drive hubs are available for fast, economical repairs.

Quick Attachments

Spin-on fuel and engine oil filters save changing time. Further time is saved with fast fuel and quick oil change attachments.

Ecology Drains

Ecology drains provide an environmentally safer method to drain fluids. They are included on the radiator, hydraulic tank and major power train components.

Total Customer Support

Excellent parts availability and the best service capability help increase productivity.

Dealer Services

Cat Dealers offer a wide range of services under a customer support agreement when equipment is purchased. The dealer will help choose a plan that can cover everything from machine and attachment selection to replacement for the best return on your investment.


Selection. Make detailed comparisons of the machine being considered before a purchase. How long do components last? What is the cost of preventative maintenance? What is the true cost of lost production? Your Cat dealer can give you precise answers to these questions.


Purchase. Look past initial price. Consider the financing options available as well as day-to-day operating costs. This is also the time to look at dealer services that can be included in the cost of the machine to yield lower equipment owning and operating costs over the long run.


Your dealer can also arrange affordable lease, rental or purchase financing for all Caterpillar products.

Machine Management

Machine management services. Cat Dealers help manage equipment investments with:
  • Custom Track Service.
  • Effective preventive maintenance programs.
  • Diagnostic programs like Scheduled Oil Sampling and Technical Analysis.
  • Information to make the most cost effective repair option decisions.
  • Customer meetings and training for operators and mechanics.


Replacement. Repair, rebuild or replace? Your Cat dealer can help evaluate the cost involved so you can make the right choice.

Product Support

Product support. Cat dealers utilize a world-wide computer network to find in-stock parts to minimize machine down time. Save money with remanufactured parts. Receive the same warranty and reliability as new products at cost savings of 40 to 70 percent.
  • Accelerator
    • Advanced Modular Cooling System (AMOCS)
      • Air cleaner
        • Air cleaner service indicator
          • Alternator, 50-amp
            • Backup alarm
              • Blower fan
                • Boom, 6.10 m (20 ft)
                  • Counterweight, extendible, segmented 9036 kg (19,920 lb)
                    • Diagnostic connector (starting and charging system)
                      • Diagnostic pressure taps
                        • Drawbar, rigid
                          • Drawworks, hydraulically actuated and controlled
                            • Ecology drains
                              • Electric hour meter
                                • Electric starting, 24-volt direct
                                  • Electric Monitoring System
                                    • Engine 3406 DITA diesel
                                      • Ether starting aid
                                        • Front bumper with towing device
                                          • Fuel priming pump
                                            • Guage package:
                                              •  Coolant temperature
                                              •  Power train oil temperature
                                              •  Hydraulic oil temperature
                                            • Guards:
                                              •  Crankcase
                                              •  Power train, hinged
                                              •  Radiator, hinged
                                              •  Track guiding
                                            • Horn
                                              • Hydraulics, pipelayer system
                                                • Lifetime Lubricated rollers and idlers
                                                  • Lighting system
                                                    • Muffler
                                                      • Precleaner with dust ejector
                                                        • Rain cap
                                                          • Seat, vinyl suspension
                                                            • Seat belt
                                                              • Sprocket, segmented
                                                                • Single key start
                                                                  • Steering system, lever steering
                                                                    • Storage compartment
                                                                      • Track:
                                                                        •  Adjusters, hydraulic
                                                                        •  Carrier rollers
                                                                        •  Sealed and Lubricated with PPR, medium service, single grouser track shoes, 47 section, 710 mm (28")
                                                                        •  Two-piece master link
                                                                      • Throttle lever
                                                                        • Tool box
                                                                          • Torque divider
                                                                            • Transmission, power shift
                                                                              • Undercarriage, non-suspended with 9-roller, tubular track roller frame
                                                                                • Fan, reversible
                                                                                  • Fast Fuel System
                                                                                    • Guards:
                                                                                      •  Track roller
                                                                                      •  Radiator core protection grid
                                                                                    • Track roller
                                                                                      • Radiator core protection grid
                                                                                        • Hook with latch
                                                                                          • Oil change system; quick
                                                                                            • Starting aids:
                                                                                              •  Heater, engine coolant, 120-volt
                                                                                              •  Heater, diesel fuel
                                                                                              •  Starting, low temperature
                                                                                            • Seat covers, snap on cloth
                                                                                              • Tracks, pair, Sealed and Lubricated:
                                                                                                •  762 mm (30 in), PPR Moderate Service
                                                                                              • Vandalism Protection
                                                                                                • Tool Kit (dealer installed)

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