Cat 262D Skid Steer Loader Straight Snow Push
Cat 262D Skid Steer Loader Straight Snow Push

Your guide to CAT skid steer loaders for road maintenance and repair

Find out how to get the most from your machine, whether you’re working on dropped curbs, road laying, clearing debris or patch repairs.

Product demonstrator Simon shows you the differences between two broom types – a utility broom and a pickup broom.

Watch the broom and cold planer in action. See how to use the joystick and controls to adjust different features and attachments to suit your needs.

Operator Tips: Cat® Skid Steer Loaders and Compact Track Loaders for Road Repair and Maintenance

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In this video…

  • Introduction (00:00)
  • Get an overview of skid steer models (00:45)
  • See the unique cold planer and skid steer features (01:17)
  • Watch a demonstration of the cold planer working on asphalt (03:34)
  • Discover two major broom types - their features and applications (04:38)
  • Broom operation demo (07:05)
  • Wrap-up and close (07:50)   

This film applies to the following Cat models:

  • 239D3, 249D3, 259D3, 279D3, 289D3, 299D3, 299D3XE, 216B3, 226D3, 232D3, 236D3, 242D3, 246D3, 262D3, 272D3, 272D3XE
  • PC104, PC105, PC305, PC306, PC310, PC406, PC408
  • BP115C, BP118C, BU115, BU118


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Video transcript

Hello there, I’m Simon Hill, Product Demonstrator at the Leicester Customer and Training Centre based at Desford. Today we're going to be talking about the versatility of skid steer loaders, and compact track loaders for road maintenance and repair.

So I have the 289 over here, D3, with the PC 306 cold planer. So the 289 is equipped with a  55-kilowatt Caterpillar C3.3 engine, with a 4,850-kilo operating weight. It can do 13 kilometres an hour or eight miles per hour with a two-speed option. 

The 226 D3 we have over here, this has a 50-kilowatt engine. And this has a 2,650-kilo operating weight.

Some new features of the PC 306 planer: we've got the Max Pro pressure gauge in here. So, this will indicate as I’m operating the machine the optimum speed I can go forward. So when this is in the green zone, I'm working at the optimal speed, so I'm getting the maximum performance and work rate out of it. If it starts going into red, that's encouraging me to back off, so not too push too hard with the machine. Once I'm in the cab and hopefully I’ll be able to show you this later, I can press my creeper function in there and I can control my forward speed independently using the control panel on the - inside the cab. So that makes, takes all the guesswork out of it, set my forward speed nice and easy on the joystick. Using the gauge there I can make sure I'm working to the optimal of the machine.

Other the features we've got now on this is an integrated water tank here. So you’ve now got the water tank behind the work tool. You can get the optional roof magic water tank for the other planers we have. So, if you had the PC 205 mated to the 226 D3 you'd have a roof-mounted water tank on that one. This has the water tank at the back here. All the controls are done from the cab on this. So my gauges for the depth of my cut, I can press the buttons on the joystick and independently use the left and right to get my cut. And then once I've done my first cut, I'll bring this foot up to zero, place the other foot – place this in the cut and place that on the fresh tarmac. And then currently cutting at 30ml on the gauge, that'll give me another 30ml cut.

On here, there's a valve round then the side here that I can pull. This will change the turn buckle at the back here so I can have it in flow so it’ll follow the contours of the road or I can put it in power mode and what that will do then, I can put a camber so if I'm doing a drop curve, I can curve the drum over using the controls and I can mill then at an angle.

You can also side-shift this using the controls on the joystick as well. So if you have the side-shift fully over, use it in the middle. So if I’m working up against the curb, side-shift the drum over to the side.

Whenever I do a patch planing application, I always take a broom with me, so over here I have a BU118 broom, so that's a utility broom. A utility broom is ideal because you can put pressure on with the bristles under this mat here, that allow me to sweep out all the planings that the planers put in the trench, all the way out and I can carry them away.

You don't want the pickup broom for that because the pickup broom has a wheel bolted on the front and you cannot put the downward pressure on. So the pickup broom (which is over the other side, I'll show you that later), that's designed for sweeping litter, trash off the highway, concrete yards, it's handy for recycling and waste applications where they're going around following the trucks in the yard and sweeping it up. You get less bristle wear with that, with that having the wheel on the front, it’s because you control the pressure that the bristles are placed on the floor easier than this one. This is designed, so, by adjusting the bolts at the side here I can adjust how much bristle is in contact with the floor in comparison to the cutting edge on the bucket at the back. So for cold planning application, cleaning those planings up which are quite heavy, I need to put a lot of pressure on with the broom to sweep them in and this is ideal for that and I should be able to show you an example of that later.

A great example for what you would use the 226 D3 is, is for again, cleaning up the highway, cleaning trash up, working on a job site, waste transfer centre, scrap yard, going around sweeping up nails and debris that could cause damage to tyres.

So this one, standard flow, so it’s not got – it’s a one series tool, the VP118C so it's your standard flow. You've got the wheel on the front which then you can adjust the pressure using this linkage on the side for your bristles. Drop your wheel down, drive away, drive forward, sweeps all the material into the pan at the back. Now the difference with this one, this comes with chains. I’ve not fitted those for today as we’re not going to use it. These chains go through eyelets on the loader arm. What that does then, you lift the loader up and tilt forward, the chains hold the cover of the brush up and it’s a bit like a dustpan and brush basically, the bucket will tip down and all the material will go clear of the broom because the chains are holding the broom in the air. So that's what the chains are for on this particular work tool.

Well I hope today’s video has been informative regarding CTLs and skid steer loaders for road maintenance and repair. And I look forward to seeing you for the next one.