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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.

272D Skid Steer Loader

An industry-first sealed and pressurized cab, increased rated operating capacity, higher horsepower and superior performance help you get more done and increase your bottom line.

  • Specification Summary

  • Engine ModelCat® C3.8 (turbocharged)
  • Net Flywheel Power71.0 kW
  • Gross Power73.0 kW
  • Gross Power SAE J199573.0 kW
  • Net Power SAE 134971.0 kW
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Product Details


Engine Model Cat® C3.8 (turbocharged)
Net Flywheel Power 71.0 kW
Gross Power 73.0 kW
Gross Power SAE J1995 73.0 kW
Net Power SAE 1349 71.0 kW
Displacement 3.8 L
Stroke 120.0 mm
Bore 100.0 mm

Operating Specifications

Rated Operating Capacity 1451.0 kg
Rated Operating Capacity w/Optional Counterweight 1565.0 kg
Tipping Load 2903.0 kg
Breakout Force, Tilt Cylinder 3359.0 kg
Breakout Force, Lift Cylinder 2767.0 kg


Operating Weight 3812.0 kg


Wheelbase 1386.0 mm
Length w/Bucket on Ground 3850.0 mm
Length w/o Bucket 3139.0 mm
Height to Top of Cab 2104.0 mm
Vehicle Width over Tires 1930.0 mm
Max Overall Height 4048.0 mm
Bucket Pin Height at Max Lift 3217.0 mm
Bucket Pin Height at Carry Pos. 200.0 mm
Reach at Max Lift and Dump 785.0 mm
Clearance at Max Lift and Dump 2418.0 mm
Ground Clearance 226.0 mm
Departure Angle 25°
Bumper Overhang - Rear Axle 1084.0 mm
Maximum Dump Angle 52°
Turn Radius from Ctr - Rear 1874.0 mm
Turn Radius from Ctr - Coupler 1496.0 mm
Turn Radius from Ctr - Bucket 2324.0 mm
Max. Reach w/Arms-Parallel 1287.0 mm
Rack Back Angle at Max Height 83°
Bucket Pin Reach at Max Lift 408.0 mm

Hydraulic System

Max. Loader Hydraulic Pressure 28000.0 kPa
Max. Loader Hydraulic Flow 120.0 L/min
Hydraulic Power 33.0 kW
Hydraulic Power 57.0 kW
Hydraulic Flow Standard
Loader Hydraulic Pressure 23000.0 kPa
Loader Hydraulic Flow 86.4 L/min
Hydraulic Flow High Flow XPS


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 10.6 km/h
Travel Speed Reverse 10.6 km/h
Travel Speed Forward - 2-Speed Option 15.1 km/h
Travel Speed Reverse - 2-Speed Option 15.1 km/h

Service Refill Capacities

Chain box, each side 8.6 L
Cooling System 14.0 L
Engine Crankcase 10.0 L
Fuel Tank 117.0 L
Hydraulic System 61.0 L
Hydraulic Tank 39.0 L

Operator Station

Superior comfort to keep you productive throughout the work day.

Sealed and Pressurized Cab

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. Operators spend long hours in the machine. The new sealed and pressurized cab keeps dust out and clean air in for greater operator comfort. Reduced sound levels within the cab also help reduce fatigue.

Seat Mounted Joystick Controls

Ergonomic, seat mounted joystick controls enable a wide range of comfortable operating positions for operators of any size. The seat and controls are independently adjustable to meet the specific needs of the operator.

Air Ride Seat Available

An air ride seat provides an unparalleled level of comfort in a skid steer loader.

Advanced Machine Information and Control System

The optional Advanced Machine Information and Control System provides easy to read and understand information regarding hydraulic oil and engine coolant temperature, engine speed, Selectable Work Speed Control and Selectable Implement Control. It also includes a service mode for checking service codes and status of components.

Additional Features for Maximum Comfort

  • Easy to read instrument panels
  • Optional air conditioner and heater provides greater comfort in extreme conditions
  • Optional Selectable Pattern Control which allows the operator to select the control pattern they are most familiar with for greater productivity.

Vertical Lift Linkage

Built for tough working conditions.

Vertical Lift Design

The 272D features a vertical lift design, providing extended reach and lift height for quick and easy truck loading.

Power Train

Aggressive performance with fuel efficiency.


Electronically controlled Cat C3.8 engine provides high horsepower and torque while meeting U.S. EPA Tier 4 Interim (EU Stage IIIB) 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.

Electronic Torque Management

The Electronic Torque Management system maximizes power to the ground and prevents the engine from stalling in tough digging and dozing applications for maximum productivity. The system allows part throttle operation which provides smoother machine operation and reduces fuel consumption.


Exceptional lift, breakout and power to meet your needs.

Hydraulic System

Maximum power and reliability are built into the Cat Skid Steer Loader 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 system features:
  • Increased lift and tilt breakout forces allowing you to move more material and get more done.
  • Continuous demand fan for improved fuel efficiency, increased horsepower, reduced sound levels and improved cold weather performance.
  • Cat ToughGuard™ hoses for increased reliability and durability.

High Flow XPS

High flow XPS hydraulic system offers both increased flow and increased pressure to maximize work tool performance.

Selectable Implement Control

The Selectable Implement Control option with three levels of control gives the operator the ability to adjust the responsiveness of the lift and tilt functions for more precise implement control.

Speed Sensitive Ride Control

The optional Speed Sensitive Ride Control system delivers a smoother ride on uneven terrain for superior comfort. It allows for both higher speed operation and better material retention for increased productivity.

Work Tools

Do more jobs with one machine with Cat Work Tools.

The Right Tool for the Job

Designed and built for optimum performance and durability, Cat Work Tools deliver high productivity in a variety of applications to maximize versatility:
  • 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
  • Mulcher
  • 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 Cat Skid Steer Loader’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.

AccuGrade™ Grade Control System for Skid Steer, Multi Terrain and Compact Track Loaders

Common to AccuGrade systems for Track-Type Tractors and Motor Graders, this deeply integrated solution automates the machine's electrohydraulic controls to achieve a consistent grade across the work site, improve accuracy and increase productivity, ultimately lowering operating and material costs.


Simplified service and maintenance save you time and money.

Easy Maintenance

Convenient service features make maintenance easy, reducing your downtime:
  • 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.
  • Wires are color coded and numbered for easy identification.
  • SOS oil sampling valves are standard to allow regular monitoring of the engine and hydraulic oil quality.

Customer Support

Unmatched support makes the difference.

Dealer Services

Your Cat dealer is ready to assist you with your purchase decision and everything after. Make detailed comparisons of the machines you are considering before you buy - with estimates of component life, preventative maintenance and the true cost of production. Flexible financing packages are available to meet your needs. Repair option programs guarantee the cost of repairs up front. Your Cat dealer can evaluate the cost involved in repairing, rebuilding and replacing your machine so you can make the right choice. Nearly all parts available at the dealer parts counter to lower your machine downtime. Operator training can improve your operator’s techniques and boost your profits.
    •  12 volt Electrical System
    •  100 ampere Alternator
    •  Ignition Key Start/Stop Switch
    •  Lights: Gauge backlighting, two rear tail lights, two rear halogen working lights, two adjustable front halogen lights, dome light.
    •  Backup Alarm
    •  Heavy Duty Battery, 880 CCA
    •  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
    •  Fold-in 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 I
    •  Top and Rear Windows
    •  Headliner, Deluxe
    •  Floor Mat
    •  Interior Rear View Mirror
    •  12 volt Electric Socket
    •  Horn
    •  Hand (Dial) and Foot Throttle, Electronic with Decel Feature
  • 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
        • Fold-in 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 I
                • Top and Rear Windows
                  • Headliner, Deluxe
                    • Floor Mat
                      • Interior Rear View Mirror
                        • 12 volt Electric Socket
                          • Horn
                            • Hand (Dial) and Foot Throttle, Electronic with Decel Feature
                              • POWER TRAIN
                                •  Cat C3.8, Turbo, Tier 4 Interim (Stage IIIB) Certified Engine
                                •  Air Cleaner, Dual Element, Radial Seal
                                •  SOSSM Sampling Valves, Engine Oil and Hydraulic Oil
                                •  Filters, Cartridge-type, Hydraulic
                                •  Filters, Cartridge-type, Fuel and Water Separator
                                •  Radiator/Hydraulic Oil Cooler (side-by-side)
                                •  Spring Applied, Hydraulically Released, Parking Brake
                                •  Hydrostatic Transmission
                                •  Four Wheel Chain Drive
                              • OTHER
                                •  Engine Enclosure, Lockable
                                •  Extended Life Antifreeze, -37° C (-34° 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 with Integrated Pressure Release
                                •  Split D-Ring to Route Work Tool Hoses Along Side of Left Lift Arm
                                •  Electrical Outlet, Beacon
                                •  Belly Pan Cleanout
                                •  Variable Speed Demand Fan
                              • Engine Enclosure, Lockable
                                • Extended Life Antifreeze, -37° C (-34° 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 with Integrated Pressure Release
                                                  • Split D-Ring to Route Work Tool Hoses Along Side of Left Lift Arm
                                                    • Electrical Outlet, Beacon
                                                      • Belly Pan Cleanout
                                                        • Variable Speed Demand Fan
                                                          • MANDATORY EQUIPMENT
                                                            •  Hydraulics, Standard or High Flow XPS
                                                            •  Quick Coupler, Mechanical or Hydraulic
                                                            •  Seat Belt, 50 mm (2 in) or 75 mm (3 in)
                                                            •  Power Train, One Speed, Two Speed or Two Speed with Ride Control
                                                            •  Tires, 12 x 16.5 or 14 x 17.5
                                                            •  Comfort Package (must select one of the following):
                                                            •  Open ROPS (C1): Cup Holder, Radio Ready, Suspension Seat (no heater or door)
                                                            •  Enclosed ROPS with Heat (C2): Cup Holder, Radio Ready, Seat (choice of Suspension or Air Ride), Heater and Defroster, Side Windows, Door (either Glass or Polycarbonate)
                                                            •  Enclosed ROPS with A/C (C3): Features of C2 Package plus Air Conditioner
                                                            •  Performance Package (must select one of the following):
                                                            •  Performance Package H1: Standard Flow Hydraulics
                                                            •  Performance Package H2: Standard Flow, Dual Direction Electronic Self Level (raise and lower), Electronic Snubbing (lift)
                                                            •  Performance Package H3: High Flow XPS, Dual Direction Electronic Self Level (raise and lower), Electronic Snubbing (lift)
                                                          • Counterweight
                                                            • Beacon, Rotating
                                                              • Engine Block Heater--120V
                                                                • Oil, Hydraulic, Cold Operation
                                                                  • Heavy Duty Battery, 1,000 CCA
                                                                    • Paint, Custom
                                                                      • Advanced Machine Information and Control System (AMICS)
                                                                        • Work Tool Return to Dig and Work Tool Positioner
                                                                          • AM/FM/Weather Band Receiver with CD Player and Auxiliary Input Jack

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