Updated Cat® PL61 Pipelayer offers performance, safety features, easy maintenance and transport

For Worldwide Release (excluding Japan): April 2018
Release Number: 290PR18

Part of a full line of purpose-built Cat® pipe layers, the updated PL61 delivers 40,000 lb (18 145 kg) of maximum load capacity. The new model retains its familiar comfort and easy maintenance features, with updates for added safety and performance. Easy 128-inch (3240 mm) transport width, combined with the experienced support of the Cat dealer network, means your pipe line equipment is available when and where you need it. 

Designed with Safety in Mind

The PL61 features an available rear vision camera with a dedicated display providing added visibility to the back of the machine. The Load Monitor Indicator (LMI) is also available and is a mandatory attachment where required to meet regional regulations. 

Both open and enclosed cab models feature a factory integrated Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) to help protect operators and the machine in case of a rollover. The rear window exit and the quick drop release function are now common across the Cat pipelayer product line for added safety and more intuitive operation.


In addition to comfort and ease of operation, the new PL61 offers faster steering response than its predecessor for superior maneuverability on the pipeline. A more robust fuel system stands up to lower quality fuel, and a cold weather package provides added features for cab comfort and more reliable engine starting/performance in cold weather environments.

Powered by a proven Cat diesel engine with ACERT™ Technology, the PL61 meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV/Korea Tier 4 emissions standards with emissions reduction technology that is transparent to the operator. A configuration is also available to meet China Nonroad Stage III, India Bharat III, Eurasian Economic Union Stage IIIA,

UN ECE R96 Stage IIIA emission standards, equivalent to Tier 3/Stage IIIA.

Easy Maintenance

Like all Cat machines, the PL61 is designed for fast, easy maintenance with ground level access to grouped service points. The purpose-built machine means your Cat dealer is your single source for parts and service on all components. The worldwide Cat dealer network understands the unique support required by pipeline jobsites, especially in remote areas.

Cat Connect LINK technologies offer telematics to wirelessly connect users to their equipment, providing valuable insight into machine or fleet performance. Product Link™ is deeply integrated into machines, providing easy access to timely information, such as machine location, hours, fuel usage, idle time and event codes. Data is available via the online VisionLink® user interface to assist in more effectively managing the fleet and reducing operating costs.

For complete specifications and more information, please see your Cat dealer or visit www.cat.com.


PL61 Product Specifications


Engine model and emissions

Cat C4.4 ACERT

Tier 4 Final/Stage IV/Korea Tier 4 Final

Engine model and emissions

Cat C7.1 ACERT

China Nonroad Stage III, India Bharat III, Eurasian Economic Union Stage IIIA, UN ECE R96 Stage IIIA, equivalent to Tier 3/Stage IIIA

Net power (ISO 9249)

97 kW

130 hp

Maximum load capacity

18 145 kg

40,000 lb

Operating weight range

18 090 – 18 640 kg

39,890 – 41,095 lbs

Shipping weight range

17 040 – 17 590 kg

37,570 – 38,780 lbs

Shipping width
(counterweight retracted)

3240 mm

128 in

# # #


Note to Editors: Caterpillar rolls out products and services in each of its territories at different time intervals. Although every effort is made to ensure that product information is released only after Caterpillar has received confirmation from our dealer network, our plants, and our marketing subsidiaries that products and services are available in the relevant region, editors are kindly requested to verify with their local dealer for product availability and specifications.

CAT, CATERPILLAR, their respective logos, “Caterpillar Yellow” and the “Power Edge” trade dress, as well as corporate and product identity used herein, are trademarks of Caterpillar and may not be used without permission.

VisionLink is a trademark of Trimble Navigation Limited, registered in the United States and in other countries.

©2018 Caterpillar All Rights Reserved

Press Inquiries

Caterpillar Trade Press Media Representatives


Sharon Holling: Holling_Sharon_L@cat.com

Johanna Kelly: Kelly_Johanna_L@cat.com

Europe, Africa, Middle East

Francine Shore: Shore_Francine_M@cat.com

Reader Requests www.cat.com/requestCatinfo