Cat PL83 Pipelayer

Purpose-built pipelayers and sidebooms are machines that are engineered for the unique needs of the pipeline operation. Cat® pipelayers are built for low ground pressure and greater side-to-side stability. The new PL87 and PL83 pipelayers and sidebooms have specifically addressed slope capability with a lengthened track roller frame and repositioned rear idler puts more track on the ground. The all new counterweight profile adds more weight providing increased lift capacity for that larger inch pipeline work. Both the PL83 and PL87 pipelayers come standard with a Roll Over Protection Structure (ROPS), keeping safety at the forefront. The cab option is available for these models addressing safety as well as operator comfort.

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Features & Information

  • Performance: Improved hydraulics offer greater response and more precise control. New heavy duty winch works with updated hydraulic system for greater machine productivity.

  • Slope Capability: Lengthened track-roller-frame and repositioned rear idler puts more track on the ground, enhancing slope capability.

  • Lift Capacity: New counterweight profi le adds more weight providing increased lift capacity. The PL83 has a rated lift capacity of 72 575 kg (160,000 lb).

  • Safety: Additional large surface mirrors enhance visibility for the operator, and a modifi ed block set design reduces the profi le for greater visibility to the pipe. New, easy-to-service ladder design offers enhanced access/egress to the operator station.


In addition to a complete line of Caterpillar pipelayers, sidebooms, track-type tractors (dozers)excavators and motor graders, PLM is the exclusive distributor of Vanguard Continuously Powered Welding tractors, Wet Decks (hydraulic conversion kits for Caterpillar pipelayers) and Combo tractors (pipelayer attachments on D6 Caterpillar tractors). For more information, please contact your PLM account manager or click here to contact us.

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