Caterpillar has released an impressive upgrade to their D6N dozer, which is now outfitted a package of standard grade-control techs, a new fuel efficient transmission, and an enhanced cab. The company is calling this it’s “smart” upgrade, and is sure to impress its customers.
The result of all these upgrades is fuel savings between 10 – 15 percent, with an increase in productivity gains of up to 10 percent, compared to the previous D6 generation.
The D6N dozer’s engine can push 166net horsepower. Moreover, the Tier 4 Final-complaint Cat C7.1 ACERT engine weighs 36,943lbs, which is nearly 4,000lbs lights than the LGP model.
According to Caterpillar, the new engine “provides the performance of direct drive with the ease of operation of power shift.” It is paired with a lock-up clutch torque converter that is able to choose the best drive mode for the current job.
As if that wasn’t enough, the fuel savings are also increased by the transmissions Enhanced Auto Shift, which allows the vehicles operators to choose the optimum ground speed for the load being moved. Moreover, the variable-speed demand fan can adjust its speed to conserve horsepower, reduce sound levels, and save on fuel.
An in-cab display provides real-time slope and mainfall indicators, which enable the system to run in one of two modes: basic or advanced. In manual control, the driver will receive guidance, but makes adjustments manually. In Auto control, the system maintains the blade slope and main fall. Lastly, advanced mode combines manual and auto controls to create optimal control and safety when performing.
The new cab on the models is not to disappoint, as it features increased legroom, and wider and easier closing doors. The environment is more comfortable thanks to an upgraded HVAC system, which circulates air more efficiently.
Cat has also improved the interface to allow operators to customize their systems to reach optimal performance for the job at hand.