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Caterpillar 657G Wheel Tractor-Scraper

Wed March 01, 2006 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The tandem-powered Caterpillar 657G wheel tractor-scraper features the Cat C18 engine for the tractor and the Cat C15 engine for the scraper. Both engines feature ACERT Technology for reliable, responsive performance and reduced emissions.

The 657G also incorporates a new cooling system that reduces clogging, the G-Series cab and controls for increased operator comfort and efficiency, enhanced service access, and component changes that boost reliability and durability. The 657G replaces the 657E and is the largest in the line of eight Caterpillar wheel tractor-scrapers.

The C18 tractor engine replaces the 3412E and the C15 scraper engine replaces the 3408E used in the previous model. The new engines meet U.S. EPA Tier 3 and EU Stage IIIa engine exhaust emissions requirements. ACERT Technology reduces emissions during the combustion process by using advanced technology in the fuel and air systems.

Both engines feature mechanically-actuated electronically controlled unit injection (MEUI). Both of these engines have dual horsepower capabilities.

The C18 in the tractor is rated at 600/564 hp (447/421 kW) and the C15 in the scraper is rated at 451/410 hp (337/306 kW). Dual power capabilities enable the engines to produce more power in higher gear ranges for improved gradeability and reduced cycle times.

The 657G can be equipped with a standard bowl or an auger for improved self loading and a broad material appetite. Heaped bowl capacity is 44 cu. yds. (33.6 cu m). A high volume coal bowl will be available in 2007.

The 657G is designed to be push loaded by a D10 or D11 track-type tractor, self-loaded or loaded in a push-pull configuration. The push-pull arrangement enables two scrapers to assist each other when loading.

G-Series Features

The 657G retains features from the smaller G-Series scrapers. The single lever implement control combines the traditional three implement levers — bowl, apron, ejector — into one joystick. The operator can raise and lower the bowl and actuate the apron and ejector with the single joystick. A combination grab handle and hand rest has been added near the joystick implement control to help steady the operator’s arm.

The joystick incorporates a rocker switch for the push-pull bail or auger activation, depending on how the machine is equipped. The electronic transmission controller simplifies gear selection and allows the operator to program the top gear for matching travel speeds to the rest of the fleet. A gear indicator gauge on the dash informs the operator of actual gear engagement.

A new Caterpillar comfort seat with new air suspension offers four different swivel lock points to allow proper positioning in relation to the joystick. The G-Series instrument panel features a quad gauge cluster that includes fluid level and temperature displays. The 657G allows scraper engine start-up and monitoring directly from the cab.

New Radiator, Enhanced Service Access

Both the tractor and scraper have Caterpillar next generation modular radiators (NGMR), which features nine fins per inch as compared to 33 fins per inch in the previous model. The increased spacing reduces clogging in severe applications. Also, the grill of the tractor is hinged, and there are two side panels for easy access to the radiator core.

The tractor has two side doors on the right side that allow easy access to service points. Additionally, the hood is hinged on the front with support from spring struts for access to the top of the engine bay. More room in the engine compartment and more steps to access points facilitate service.

Both the tractor and scraper engines use a poly-vee belt and have automatic belt tensioning, which replaces the manual tensioning on previous models. The number of belts on the tractor engine has been reduced from five to two, and the scraper engine now has two belts instead of four. The fan drive bearings on both the tractor and scraper require no servicing. The previous model required bearing service at 250-hour intervals.

The jumpstart receptacle and disconnect switch are integrated in a one-piece power block for durability and serviceability. The disconnect switch has a lockable cover and disconnects all power for servicing.

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