New Cat forest machine features 14 percent more drawbar pull to move heavy logs in less time
The new Cat 568 forest machine features several design upgrades that raise the production of loggers, resulting in less time spent in the woods.
Powered by a Cat 9.3B engine, the machine's new electrohydraulic control system generates 10 percent greater swing torque and 14 percent more drawbar pull to make quick work of heavy logs. Smart mode automatically matches engine and hydraulic power to working conditions to help do that work with up to 5 percent less fuel consumption.
With cold-start capability of -25˚ F (-32˚ C) and high ambient temperatures reaching 126˚ F (52˚ C), the 568 is capable of working year-round. It will operate without derating at altitudes up to 9,842 ft (3,000 m).
The new Certified Forestry cab with its reinforced structure and large 1.25-in (32-mm) thick polycarbonate windshield enhances operator safety. Available in a choice of rear or side entry, the cab's interior space is 25 percent larger, allowing most operators to stand without hitting their head. Field of view from the standard heated and cooled seat is 50 percent better due to narrower cab pillars, larger panoramic windows, and a flat engine hood. A standard rearview camera enhances visibility as do three available cab risers - 22 in (558 mm), 48 in (1 219 mm), and 72 in (1829 mm). The cab tilts with hydraulic assist for easy transport.
Compared to the previous model, the Next Generation 568 will consume 65 fewer filters over the course of 12,000 hours, which contributes to lowering maintenance costs by up to 15 percent.
Fuel filters feature a synchronized 1,000-hour change interval - double the service life of the previous model. A new hydraulic oil return filter improves filtration and delivers a 3,000-hour service life, which is 50 percent longer than previous designs. The high-efficiency cooling fan runs only when necessary, and reversing intervals are programmable to enable the fan to keep the radiator cores clean without interrupting work.
Product Link technology captures critical operating data, fault codes, and machine location information to boost fleet management efficiency. Remote Troubleshoot analyzes the data in real time and can save a service trip to the jobsite. Also, owners can be sure the 568 is operating with the most current version of software with standard Remote Flash, which updates machine software around the owner's production schedule.