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Skid Steer Loaders(Non Current)

The Cat® Skid Steer Loaders deliver exceptional performance, versatility, ease of operation, serviceability and customer support. A wide range of Cat Work Tools are machine matched to Cat Skid Steer Loaders to meet all customer needs.

242B Series 3 Skid Steer Loader

The Cat B-Series 3 Skid Steer Loader, with its many work tool options, delivers outstanding performance to help you get more done and increase your bottom line. Spacious, ergonomic operator station and easy-to-use pilot operated joystick controls keep you comfortable throughout the work day. High performance power train, advanced hydraulic system and traditional Cat reliability improve your productivity in the toughest working conditions.

  • Specification Summary

  • Engine ModelCat® 3.4 DIT
  • Net Flywheel Power53 kW
  • Rated Operating Capacity975 kg
  • Gross Power55 kW
  • Operating Weight3179 kg
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Product Details


Engine Model Cat® 3.4 DIT
Net Flywheel Power 53 kW
Gross Power 55 kW
Gross Power SAE J1995 55 kW
Net Power EEC ISO 9249 53 kW
Net Power SAE 1349 53 kW
Displacement 3.3 L
Stroke 120 mm
Bore 94 mm

Operating Specifications

Rated Operating Capacity 975 kg
Rated Operating Capacity w/Optional Counterweight 1000 kg
Tipping Load 1950 kg
Breakout Force, Tilt Cylinder 2044 kg


Operating Weight 3179 kg


Wheelbase 1094 mm
Length w/Bucket on Ground 3437 mm
Length w/o Bucket 2760 mm
Height to Top of Cab 2019 mm
Vehicle Width over Tires 1676 mm
Max Overall Height 3918 mm
Bucket Pin Height at Max Lift 3086 mm
Bucket Pin Height at Carry Pos. 228 mm
Reach at Max Lift and Dump 622 mm
Clearance at Max Lift and Dump 2333 mm
Ground Clearance 178 mm
Departure Angle 28°
Bumper Overhang - Rear Axle 989 mm
Maximum Dump Angle 50°
Turn Radius from Ctr - Rear 1556 mm
Turn Radius from Ctr - Coupler 1311 mm
Turn Radius from Ctr - Bucket 2092 mm
Max. Reach w/Arms-Parallel 1216 mm
Rack Back Angle at Max Height 88°
Bucket Pin Reach at Max Lift 254 mm

Hydraulic System

Hydraulic Power 31.9 kW
Hydraulic Flow Standard
Loader Hydraulic Pressure 23000 kPa
Loader Hydraulic Flow 83 L/min
Loader Hydraulic Pressure 23000 kPa
Hydraulic Power (calculated) 45 kW
Hydraulic Flow High Flow
Loader Hydraulic Flow 117 L/min


ROPS SAE J1040 MAY94, ISO 3471:1994
FOPS SAE J1043 SEPT87, ISO 3449:1992 Level I
FOPS Level II SAE J231 JAN81, ISO 3449:1992 Level II

Power Train

Travel Speed Forward 12.4 km/h
Travel Speed Reverse 12.4 km/h
Travel Speed Forward - 2-Speed Option 18.4 km/h
Travel Speed Reverse - 2-Speed Option 18.4 km/h

Service Refill Capacities

Chain box, each side 6 L
Cooling System 10 L
Engine Crankcase 9 L
Fuel Tank 58 L
Hydraulic System 55 L
Hydraulic Tank 35 L

Operator Station

Superior comfort to keep you productive throughout the work day.

All Day Comfort

Comfort and ease of operation have been designed into every aspect of the operator station. The wide, spacious interior and uncluttered floor provide a comfortable work environment with excellent head, shoulder and leg room to keep productivity high and fatigue low. The adjustable seat and low effort controls keep the operator comfortable throughout the work day.

Low Effort Joystick Controls

Ergonomic, pilot hydraulic controls deliver precise control with minimal effort. The right joystick controls the loader raise, lower and tilt functions while the left joystick controls the forward and reverse travel speed plus direction. Optional deluxe joysticks provide additional auxiliary controls with fingertip control of many work tool functions, including proportional work tool hydraulics and work tool electrical. Basic and deluxe joystick functions include one-touch continuous auxiliary hydraulic flow and momentary auxiliary hydraulic flow.

Excellent Visibility

The wide cab opening offers an exceptional view to the work tool. The sloped angle of the engine compartment allows excellent visibility to the rear of the machine. The standard rear view mirror gives the operator a panoramic view of the machine's rear and sides. The side windows remove easily for cleaning.

Additional Features for Maximum Comfort

The B-Series 3 machines offer the following additional features to help you on the job:
  • Suspension seat option for even greater operator comfort.
  • Easy to read instrument panels.
  • Optional air conditioner and heater for greater comfort in extreme conditions.
  • Standard floor mat with footrest provides non-slip surface and can be removed for easy cleaning.
  • Ergonomic, contoured and padded armbar provides comfortable operation.


Exceptional lift, breakout and power to meet your needs.

High Performance Hydraulic System

Maximum power and reliability are built into the machine’s hydraulic system. In addition to providing power to the wheels, this system also provides the loader lift and tilt functions, powers the auxiliary circuit to drive work tools and drives the engine cooling fan. The hydraulic pumps are driven directly off the engine for maximum hydraulic performance and reliability – no belts are used. The hydraulic system also features:
  • Standard auxiliary hydraulics to power work tools that are available through quick connect hydraulic couplings rigidly mounted to the loader arm.
  • Cat ToughGuard™ hoses for increased reliability and durability.

High Flow Hydraulics

High flow hydraulic system is available on the 242B Series 3 for greater machine versatility and increased work tool performance.

High Efficiency Cooling System

Cooling capacity is maximized through the use of a side-by-side cooling package and hydraulically driven cooling fan.
  • High-efficiency, hydraulic oil cooler lets the machine work longer and harder in higher ambient temperatures, even with continuous work tool usage.
  • Efficient, hydraulically driven cooling fan provides cooling even when the machine is under load.
  • Optional variable speed demand fan provides improved fuel efficiency, increased machine performance, reduced sound levels and improved cold weather performance.

Power Train

Aggressive performance with fuel efficiency.

Cat Engine

The high performance power train provides high engine horsepower and torque. The B-Series 3 machines feature rugged, reliable Cat engines that meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Interim and EU Stage IIIA emissions requirements.

Hand and Foot Throttles

Hand and foot throttles allow the operator to match engine speed to the task. The hand throttle is ideal for jobs requiring constant engine speed such as cold planing, trenching or snow blowing. The foot throttle lets the operator vary engine speed and minimize fuel consumption for other tasks such as load and carry, truck loading, grading and dozing.

Anti-Stall Feature

The anti-stall system maximizes machine power at all times by matching the engine torque with the operational requirements of the hystat and implement systems. This load sensing feature prevents the engine from stalling even during part throttle operation, keeping productivity high and fuel consumption low.

Two Speed Option

Two speed is available as an option on the 236B Series 3, 242B Series 3 and 252B Series 3 Skid Steer Loader to improve cycle times and get the job done faster.

Lift Linkages

Built for tough jobs.

Vertical Lift

The 242B Series 3 features the vertical lift design which provides extended reach and lift height for quick and easy truck loading and material placement. The lift height is 3086 mm (121 in) on the 242B Series 3.

Work Tools

Do more jobs with one machine with Cat Work Tools.

The Right Tool for the Job

Get the most out of your machine with the comprehensive line of Cat Work Tools. Designed and built for optimum performance and durability, these tools deliver high productivity in a variety of applications to maximize the versatility and flexibility of the Cat Skid Steer Loader:
  • Augers
  • Backhoes
  • Blades (angle, dozer)
  • Buckets (general purpose, high capacity, dirt, utility, light material, multi purpose, industrial grapple, utility grapple)
  • Brooms (angle, pickup, utility)
  • Brushcutters
  • Cold Planers
  • Forks (pallet, industrial grapple, utility grapple, utility)
  • Hydraulic Hammers
  • Landscape Tillers
  • Landscape Rakes
  • Material Handling Arm
  • Power Box Rakes
  • Shear
  • Snow Blowers
  • Stump Grinders
  • Trenchers
  • Vibratory Compactors
  • Wheel Saws

Quick Couplers

Work tools can be changed quickly and easily with the machine’s quick coupler system. The standard quick coupler features manual engagement and disengagement of work tools using two high leverage handles. The optional hydraulic quick coupler allows the operator to quickly change tools without leaving the cab.


Simplified service and maintenance save you time and money.

Easy Service

Convenient service features make maintenance easy, reducing your downtime:
  • Industry exclusive tilt-up cooling package provides superior access to service points and coolers.
  • Rear door opens 90 degrees for easy access to both sides of the engine.
  • Cab tilts rearward for easy access to all hydraulic pumps, motors, valves, lines and hydraulic tank.
  • Daily maintenance points are easily accessible.
  • Electrical wiring is color coded and numbered for easy identification.
  • S·O·SSM oil sampling valve is standard to allow regular monitoring of the hydraulic oil quality.

Customer Support

Support you can count on.

Superior Dealer Services

Your Cat dealer is ready to assist you with your purchase decision and everything after.
  • Make comparisons of 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 decision
  • For more information on Cat products, dealer services and industry solutions, visit us at www.cat.com.
    •  12 volt Electrical System
    •  90 ampere Alternator
    •  Automatic Glow Plug Activation
    •  Heavy Duty Battery, 880 CCA
    •  Ignition Key Start/Stop Switch
    •  Lights: Gauge Backlighting, Two Rear Tail Lights, Two Adjustable Front and Rear Halogen Lights, Dome Light
    •  Gauges: Fuel Level, Hour Meter
    •  Operator Warning System Indicators: Air Filter Restriction, Alternator Output, Armrest Raised/Operator Out of Seat, Engine Coolant Temperature, Engine Oil Pressure, Glow Plug Activation, Hydraulic Filter Restriction, Hydraulic Oil Temperature, Parking Brak
    •  Vinyl Seat
    •  Pull Down Ergonomic Contoured Armrest
    •  Control Interlock System, when operator leaves seat or armrest raised: Hydraulic System Disables, Hydrostatic Transmission Disables, Parking Brake Engages
    •  ROPS Cab, Open, Tilt Up
    •  FOPS, Level 1
    •  Top and Rear Windows
    •  Floor Mat
    •  Interior Rear View Mirror
    •  12 volt Electric Socket
    •  Horn
    •  Backup Alarm
    •  Cat C3.4 DIT Tier 4 Interim/Stage IIIA Compliant Diesel Engine
    •  Air Cleaner, Dual Element, Radial Seal
    •  SOSSM Sampling Valve, Hydraulic Oil
    •  Filters: Spin on, Hydraulic
    •  Filters: Bayonet-type, Fuel and Water Separator
    •  Tilt Up Radiator/Hydraulic Oil Cooler
    •  Muffler, Standard
    •  Spring Applied, Hydraulically Released Parking Brakes
    •  Hydrostatic Transmission
    •  Four Wheel Chain Drive
    •  Engine Enclosure, Lockable
    •  Extended Life Antifreeze, -36° C (-33° F)
    •  Machine Tie Down Points (4)
    •  Support, Lift Arm
    •  Hydraulic Oil Level Sight Gauge
    •  Radiator Coolant Level Sight Gauge
    •  Radiator, Expansion Bottle
    •  Cat ToughGuard™ Hose
    •  Auxiliary, Hydraulics, Continuous Flow
    •  Heavy Duty, Flat Faced Quick Disconnects
    •  Split D-Ring to Route Work Tool Hoses Along Side of Left Lift Arm
    •  Electrical Outlet, Beacon
    •  Belly Pan Cleanout
    •  Quick Coupler, Mechanical or Hydraulic
    •  Seat Belt, 50 mm (2 in) or 75 mm (3)
    •  EU Preparation Package (includes Demand Fan) (Europe only)
    •  Comfort Package (must select one of the following):
    •  Open ROPS (C0): Static Seat
    •  Open ROPS (C1): Suspension Seat, Deluxe Headliner
    •  Enclosed ROPS (C2): C1 plus Heater, Cab Door, Side Windows, Cup Holder, Cab Debris Barrier
    •  Enclosed ROPS (C3): C2 plus Air Conditioner
    •  Control Package (must select one of the following):
    •  Control Package 1: On/Off Auxiliary Hydraulics Basic
    •  Control Package 2: Proportional Auxiliary Hydraulics Deluxe, 1 Speed
    •  Control Package 3: Proportional Auxiliary Hydraulics Deluxe, 1 Speed, Work Tool Harness
    •  Control Package 4: Proportional Auxiliary Hydraulics Deluxe, 2 Speed
    •  Control Package 5: Proportional Auxiliary Hydraulics Deluxe, 2 Speed, Work Tool Harness
    •  Control Package 6: High Flow Hydraulics, 1 Speed
    •  Control Package 7: High Flow Hydraulics, 2 Speed
  • Counterweight, increases rated operating capacity 23 kg (50 lb)
    • Variable Speed Demand Fan
      • Beacon, Rotating
        • Engine Block Heater – 120V or 240V
          • Oil, Hydraulic, Cold Operation
            • Paint, Custom

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