JAKARTA, 7 April 2021 –– As business activities in Indonesia began to revive after the government's COVID-19 vaccination program started, PT Trakindo Utama (Trakindo), provider of heavy equipment solutions for Caterpillar, opened the Q2 2021 by introducing small dozers D1, D2 and D3. They are the successors to D3K2, D4K2, and D5K2 models, respectively, which have been proven as successful dozers in Indonesian market. Not only bearing new names, these small dozers are also featuring several improvements.
Aryawiguna, Product Manager of Trakindo, explained that as the first series of products launched in 2021, Cat D1, D2, and D3 carry technological innovations to boost the productivity of Trakindo's loyal customers. "After the COVID-19 pandemic has been showing signs of abating and the wheels of business are slowly starting to run, customers need devices that can help increasing productivity in order to catch up due to the limited activities that can be carried out throughout the past year. As an answer to those needs, we present The Next Generation Small Dozers," said Aryawiguna.
The Cat D1, D2 and D3 will support customers for a variety of jobs, from pushing materials to finishing grading. For a wide variety of activities, be it construction, plantation and mining, this trio of smaller Cat dozers are versatile equipments. They are easy to be moved from one location to another, and have the right combination of speed, power and accuracy, that make would make them becoming valuable assets in most of job sites.
Aryawiguna described that the Next Generation Small Dozers were designed to optimize speed, ease of transport, maneuverability, versatility and final grading accuracy. The new lower sloping hood line also improves the operator visibility - 31 percent better than their predecessors - so that finishing grading will be more accurate and efficient.
"Visibility is the major improvement on Cat D1, D2 and D3 dozers. Steeper lower sloping hood line provides better visibility in the peripheral sight area and blade angle, which is the main line of sight for the operator," told Aryawiguna.
Dozer operators can work more comfortably in a spacious cabin with adjustable seats and armrests. Next Gen Display monitor, which is equipped with a touch screen with navigation buttons, makes it easier for operators to access various features available, both standard features and optional Grade Control Technology, such as Slope Assist (2D), Laser (2D), or 3D. The information displayed on the screen is also more accurate than the previous generation.
Cat D1, D2, and D3 are also equipped with Stable Blade Control that help the operator to finish grading easier and faster with less effort. The Auto Traction Control used makes the track not easily slip when working in areas with poor soil bearing capacity. This auto-operated assist system makes it easier for the operator to push material and reduce fatigue. Productivity will likely increase because of fewer number of passes.
"This trio of small dozers has the capability to upgrade technology and the flexibility to adapt to different technologies based on requirements in the job sites. With the Cat D1, D2 and D3, experienced operators can work more productively, while inexperienced operators can produce better quality results faster," Aryawiguna explained.
Another distinctive feature of The Next Generation Small Dozers is the Cat C3.6 engine inside the hood. This diesel engine is more responsive and powerful, with 8-10% higher HP than that was used in previous models. The Cat D1 has a net engine power of 80 HP, the Cat D2 92 HP and the Cat D3 104 HP.
Even though it is more powerful, the engine deliver 10% improved fuel economy. The number would go up to to 20% when Eco Mode is activated. C3.6 engine also meets US EPA Tier 3 emission standards, making it more environmentally friendly.
The dozer's large, hinged door is installed on the right side of the hood for easier engine service access. Radial type air purifier used is also easy to remove and has a longer service life.
"We believe all the designs and the latest technology features can answer customer needs in increasing their productivity. Of course Trakindo and Caterpillar will not stop here. We will continue to innovate along with technological developments and times," Aryawiguna concluded.