Caterpillar unveils new articulated truck

By |  April 7, 2020
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The cab on the new 725 articulated truck is a bit larger than its predecessor, Cat says. Photo: Caterpillar

Caterpillar introduced a new articulated truck in its 725 model.

The 26.5-ton payload truck was designed to increase performance for customers engaging in heavy and general construction, mining, quarry and aggregate, landfill, waste and industrial applications.

One key feature is improved lighting for night work, with optional high-level LED, high-intensity lights, LED machine-width-position marking lights and access lights on both sides of the machine.

New cab features

The cab is 20 percent larger, Cat says, and features infrared-blocking glass to reduce solar heating inside. It also has sliding windows to increase ventilation and enable communication between the loading tool and workers on the ground.

The new truck has more vents facing the operator with an automatic climate-control HVAC system for heating and cooling inside the cab.

The cab is four times quieter than the previous design, Cat says, and its spinal rollover protective structure eliminates the structural pillar in the back, giving operators rear-quarter visibility.

Automated functions aid operator

An assisted automatic hoist places the transmission in neutral, applies the waiting break and hoists the truck bed to the maximum tipping angle at high rpm, requiring up to 50 percent less operator input.

The system lowers the bed with a controlled descent and increases component life. Also, the new Cat Detect with stability assist helps prevent machine rollovers by giving the operator audible and visual alerts when moving and inhibits hoisting if the machine is at an unsafe angle while dumping.

The new 725 powertrain includes the Cat CX31 six-speed transmission with features to help with shifting, up to 8 percent greater acceleration, and increased speed on grade of as much as 9 percent.

Advanced automatic traction control removes all manual traction control decisions from the operator and automatically changes the differential lock engagement level to continuously maintain traction.

Engaged in both forward and reverse, automatic retarder control is fully automated and manages retarding through a combination of hydraulic retarder, gear selection and supplemental application of the service brakes.

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