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Time is money. Optimizing the unloading time is what it is all about when it comes to machine selection. You can load many types of machines inside a shiphold but none would provide the perfect match for the application as the Track-Type Loader can thanks to the combination of tracks giving traction, loader arm for the reach and engine at back for the machine balance.

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  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Track-Type Loaders

    Shiphold/Port Handling

    Infinite Variable Speeds (hydrostatic transmission)

    • Smooth controls, more operator comfort
    • Increased operator productivity

    Joysticks for Transmission and Work Tools

    • Easy to maneuver
    • Intuitive controls minimize training requirements

    High Reach Work Tool

    • Loader arm allows cleaning of the walls of the hold
    • Increases versatility of the machine

    Track-Type Undercarriage

    • Low ground pressure for better traction in some materials
    • Several shoe widths available or can be manufactured at order to meet customer requirements
    • Optional center hole shoes reduce track packing and track chain tightening which extends undercarriage life

    Lifting Eyes

    • Front eyes welded on the Track Roller Frame (TRF)
    • Rear eyes mounted on the main frame
    • Wide spacing for good stability during lifting


    • Sound suppressed cab and air suspended seat reduce operator fatigue and increase concentration
    • The sound levels measured per ISO 6396 reach 77 dB(A) for 973D


    • Large windows all around operator and clipped engine enclosure provide excellent view to the environment and the work tool
    • Day and night operations are lighted with 8 halogen lights: 4 lights facing frontward, 2 lights facing rearward and 2 facing sideways

    Rear Engine and Cooling System Location

    • Improved machine balance
    • Engine less exposed to dust, increase engine life
    • Limit plugging of radiator core
    • Better visibility at front
    • Reduce O&O cost

    Reversing Fan

    • The air flow can be either automatically or manually reversed. Maintains proper heat transfer by blowing material out of the radiator core.
    • The hinged radiator grill gives easy access to the cooling system of the machine

    Heavy Duty Bumper

    • Gives outstanding protection for the rear of the machine
    • Cooling system is well protected in case of accidental impacts with a wall of the shiphold

    Maintenance and Serviceability

    • Filters and other systems are accessible from the ground on each side of the machine
    • Cab can be tilted 90° with a crane or 30° with a hydraulic jack allowing job site repair
    • Makes the maintenance of the machine easier for engine or hydraulic components

    Engine Air Precleaner

    • Debris is centrifugally removed from the airstream and delivers cleaner air to the engine filter
    • Air filter life is extended

    Work Tools and Optional Equipment

    Designed to meet your needs

    Work Tool Options

    • Pin-on trim blade for all material
    • Pin-on trim blade for coal
    • Pin-on general purpose bucket
    • Pin-on multi purpose bucket

    For additional information on the Track-Type Loader D series, please refer to the 953D, 963D and 973D specalogs.


    When the attachments are available a typical Track-Type Loader working in the shiphold/port handling application needs to be equipped with the following recommended features:

    • Four lifting eyes
    • Joystick for the transmission control
    • Front guard for hydraulic tank
    • Guards for lift and tilt cylinders
    • Guard for the track rollers
    • Heavy duty bumper
    • Reversing fan
    • Engine air precleaner
    • E-SALT tracks equipped with center hole shoes
    • Trim blade or bucket (with or without quick coupler)
    • Lights facing forward, backward and sideways
    • Windshield sealed
    • Hydraulic tilt cab system

  • Trim Blade Capacity - All Material 4.67 yd3
    Trim Blade Capacity - Coal Can be designed at order
    Net Flywheel Power 263 hp
    Bore 4.41 in
    Displacement 537 in3
    Engine Model Cat® C9 ACERT™
    Net Power 263 hp
    Regulations Rating at 1,900 rpm
    Stroke 5.86 in
    Operating Weight - GP Bucket with Teeth 61857 lb
    Operating Weight with GP Bucket and Teeth 61857 lb
    Operating Weight with Trim Blade 62084 lb
    Operating Weight - Trim Blade all material 62084 lb
    Capacity - GP 4.2 yd3
    Bucket Width - General Purpose 114.56 in
    Bucket Width - Multi-Purpose 112.91 in
    Capacity - General Purpose 4.2 yd3
    Capacity - MP 3.92 yd3
    Capacity - Multi-Purpose 3.92 yd3
    Ground Pressure - Optional Shoe 10.1 psi
    Ground Pressure - Standard Shoe 12.4 psi
    Ground Pressure - Standard Shoe with Trim Blade 12.4 psi
    Grouser Height - Double Grouser 1.92 in
    Track Shoe Type Double Grouser with or without center hole
    Track Shoe Width - Optional 26.6 in
    Track Shoe Width - Standard 21.6 in
    Drive Pump Two, variable-displacement, slipper-type axial piston pumps
    Relief Valve Setting 6527 psi
    Track Motor Two, variable displacement, bent axis motors
    Type Drive System Hydrostatic drive with infinite machine speeds to 10.0 km/h (6.2 mph)
    Cooling System 11.6 gal
    Fuel Tank 164 gal
    Hydraulic Tank 49.9 gal
    Capacity - All Material 4.67 yd3


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