New Cat D8R Dozer Delivers Greater Productivity, GRADE Technology Options, Increased Ambient Capability

New Cat® D8R Dozer Delivers Greater Productivity, GRADE Technology Options, Increased Ambient Capability

For Release in Southern Africa, Asia Pacific (except China), CIS:
March 2017
Release Number: 115PR17

The new Cat® D8R Dozer features increased horsepower and a larger standard blade for more productivity, as well as a range of optional GRADE technologies to help bulldozer operators get more work done in less time. A more efficient powertrain and cooling system increase ambient capability by up to 20 percent.*

Equipped with the largest standard blade in its class at 10.3 m3, the dozer moves up to 13 percent more material per pass. High tensile strength steel construction and a strong box-section are designed to stand up to the most extreme applications.

A new electronically controlled transmission offers smoother shifting, plus greater ease of operation with soft touch gear shift buttons. Field-proven features such as elevated sprocket, differential steering and planetary power shift transmission with high efficiency torque divider deliver powerful, durable and reliable operation to provide uptime and productivity.

The quiet, air-conditioned cab with integrated Roll Over Protection Structure (ROPS) provides operators greater all-around visibility to enhance safety and productivity. In addition to monitoring machine operation, diagnostic events and modes of operation, the D8R’s upgraded primary display is rear-camera ready for added safety.

Simple rotary dials control engine throttle speeds. Bi-directional feature allows the operator to preselect forward/reverse gears for reduced operator effort and improved efficiency.

Technology to Finish Jobs in Fewer Passes

Contractors can increase productivity and grade quality by selecting available electro-hydraulic controls that reduce operator effort, improve precision and response, and enable Cat Connect GRADE technologies. These advanced tools help contractors to reach target grade faster and more accurately in fewer passes to save time and increase profit.

Standard with electro-hydraulic controls, Cat Slope Indicate displays real-time machine cross-slope and fore/aft orientation, allowing operators to work more accurately on slopes. Optional Cat GRADE with Slope Assist automatically maintains established blade position to finish jobs faster, with better surface quality and significantly less operator effort. Cat AccuGrade™, a dealer-installed grade control system option, gives contractors the choice of Laser, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) or Universal Total Station (UTS) to offer the right level of accuracy to meet job specifications.

In addition to grade control technologies, the Cat Product Link™ telematics system (where available)  provides timely, pertinent data—such as location, hours, fuel usage, productivity, idle time, and diagnostic codes—that is easily accessed through the online VisionLink® interface. The system helps machine owners achieve more effective asset management, improved productivity, and lower operating costs.

Proven ACERT™ Engine

Offering more than a decade of proven reliability in a wide range of applications from the arctic cold to desert heat, the Cat C15 ACERT engine produces a net 242 kW, powering the dozer through the most demanding applications. An Auto Shift feature automatically downshifts to the most efficient gear based on load, improving material moving efficiency and fuel economy. Ambient capability is improved as well, with a more efficient powertrain, hydraulic fan and new radiator configuration.  

Improved Serviceability

The new D8R, like all Cat dozers, includes features like wide opening engine panel access doors to minimize maintenance time. Optional service features like ecology drains, ground level fast fuel system and high speed oil change help to further simplify maintenance tasks.

An optional cab-mounted air conditioning condenser supports better system performance, improved engine cooling and easier servicing. Available bottom guard access panels facilitate machine clean-out.

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D8R Dozer
Available GRADE technologies add to the overall productivity of the new Cat D8R dozer.

D8R Product Specifications




Gross Power (SAE J1995)

273 kW

Engine  Power (ISO 9249)

242 kW

Operating weight (Standard)

38 351 kg

Operating weight (LGP)

36 763 kg

Dozer blade capacity (standard)

10.3 m3

*All comparisons are to previous D8R/D8T model based on region.

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Available GRADE technologies add to the overall productivity of the new Cat D8R dozer.

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The new D8R features a larger blade to help move more material in less time.

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The new D8R is powered by a Cat C15 ACERT™ engine, offering more horsepower than prior models and proven reliability in a wide range of working conditions.

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