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  • PL87 - Pipelayers
  • PL87 - Pipelayers
  • PL87 - Pipelayers
  • PL87 - Pipelayers
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Cat Pipelayers have been the standard of the pipeline industry for decades. A worldwide network of Cat dealers, in tune with the special high production needs of pipeliners, supports these durable and dependable machines. Cat Pipelayers are purpose-built to meet the unique demands of pipeline customers. And like every Cat machine, Pipelayers are designed for long life, serviceability and rebuild capability to help keep owning and operating costs low. The PL87 answers customer needs for increased lift capacity, enhanced slope capability, ease of operation, performance and transportability.

Engine Model
Cat C15
Flywheel Power
238 kW
Tier 4 Final/Stage
238 HP
Tier 3/Stage IIIA
245 kW


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PL83/PL87 Product Brochure pdf 1.6 MiB


Purpose-built, robust components


Proven heavy-duty winch design works with updated electro-hydraulic control for more precise implement control. Boom and hook winches are driven by independent hydraulic winches. Oil-disc brakes provide smooth operation and positive retention of boom and hook positions. A modular pin-on design allows for fast removal and easy field service. Interchangeable parts between hook and boom winch assemblies help reduce cost and downtime. The winch profile is compact and enhances visibility.


New counterweight profile adds weight where you need it most to provide you the needed lift capacity for your application. Segments are contoured to help lower the machine center of gravity and are extended hydraulically for improved load balance and clearance. An electronic counterweight kickout switch has been added to limit the retraction of the extendable counterweight to the correct, retracted position.


The lightweight, durable boom features high tensile strength steel construction for narrow structures and maximum visibility to the work area. Replaceable boom-mount bearings aid serviceability and long life. New PL87 now utilizes common 7.31 m (24 ft) and 8.53 m (28 ft) booms.

Blocks and Hook

Short profile block set enhances visibility to the work area and helps maximize the working range of the full length of the boom. The heavy-lifting components include hook and boom blocks with sleeve bearings, a forged hook with latch and serviceable handle, and ductile iron sheaves. A bolt-on block horn mounted to the front of the machine allows for convenient storage of the block set during transport.

Pinned Pipelayer Frame Structure

Heavy duty pipelayer frame structures are designed to be easily pinned together to provide robust strength and durability in addition to improved serviceability.

Designed for productive comfort

The latest PL87 Pipelayer offers operators added comforts like a quieter cab, adjustable armrests and heated/ventilated seat options. A seat belt indicator light helps remind you to work more safely.A new Rollover Protection Structure (ROPS) provides added operator protection for open or enclosed operator stations.A durable access ladder aids with access/egress to the operator station, and can be removed to minimize the machine shipping envelope. The new ladder system also features a grated top step, to provide added visibility to the trench.Additional mirrors further enhance the operator’s visibility around the machine.Ergonomically designed seat is positioned for enhanced visibility to the working area and for convenient access to the machine control lever, switches and pedals.LCD Dash Display provides added machine diagnostics to the operator, in addition to allowing operators to create a personalized profile and operational settings.New HVAC system provides heat from ducting and dash vents to the operator for Open Cab (OROPS).

Designed with pipeline productivity in mind

The new, optional enclosed cab is designed by Caterpillar specifically for demanding pipeline applications. The cab height meets shipping requirements and may be shipped by truck without removing the cab and Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS). The cab is fully sealed, filtered, and pressurized for harsh environments.

Glass area is maximized and visibility improved for better sight lines around the machine and to the trench. A large skylight window with sliding shade has been incorporated to provide a clear view from the seat to the boom and blocks.