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Cat Redesigns IT38G Series II Integrated Toolcarrier

Fri October 27, 2006 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Caterpillar has updated the IT38G Series II integrated tool carrier to enhance versatility and productivity and provide increased visibility in demanding job site requirements. The medium wheel loader-based machine has been redesigned with the operator in mind, providing lines of sight to the quick coupler and work tools, as well as increasing the number of work tools available for the machine.

The machine also maintains key features, including 180 net horsepower (134 kW), parallel lift linkages and integral quick couplers to handle a wide range of material handling and digging tasks.

Expanded Versatility, Visibility

Emphasizing the importance of sight lines to the work tool and quick coupler, Caterpillar has redesigned the IT38G II for enhanced versatility and visibility. By evaluating component placement and rerouting hydraulic lines, Caterpillar has increased the operator viewing area. Giving the operator improved lines of sight to the work tool and coupler allows easier changes of attachments and promotes moving material safely and quickly, according to the manufacturer.

Additionally, Caterpillar has expanded the line of buckets offered for the IT38G II. The range of buckets now available spans sizes of 2.75 to 3.5 cu. yds. (2.2 to 2.8 cu m), as compared to the previous offering of 3 to 3.5 cu. yds. (2.3 to 2.4 cu m). A broader selection of buckets enables customers to closely match material density and bucket size for optimum productivity. In addition to buckets, Caterpillar continues to offer a full range of work tools for the tool carrier.

Prior to the update, the IT38G Series II had the quick coupler pins actuated by a third lever and delivered pressure to move the coupler pins through a third valve. The machine now has an electro hydraulic system for the quick coupler. The new system is electronically actuated with a switch in the cab and it delivers pressure to the coupler through the brake system. This change expands work tool capabilities, because the third lever and valve are now available for additional work tool functionality, such as a top clamp or a rollout bucket. Additionally, a fourth function switch, located next to the quick coupler switch on the implement pod, can be added for work tools having multiple functions, such as rollout buckets with thumbs.

Enhanced Productivity

Strategic structural changes have increased full turn static tipping load by 14 percent to 19,106 lbs. (8,665 kg). The effects are improved stability and greater work capabilities without reducing responsiveness. The net result is high productivity.

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