953 Track Loader

Save money and transport time with one rugged machine that does it all – land clearing, digging, grading, truck loading, slope work and more. Crawler loaders give you lower ground pressure and better traction so you can start the job sooner, and work longer, in all kinds of underfoot conditions. Cat® Track Loaders give you all this, plus outstanding performance and fuel efficiency.


One Machine, Many Jobs

  • Track loader power, traction and agility mean you can use one machine and one operator to do everything from clearing the site to installing utilities and finishing around buildings.
  • 953 is sized for tight spaces and easy transport.
  • Fusion™ Quick Coupler option lets you make fast attachment changes with a wide range of tools like forks, buckets, etc. from wheel loaders and other Fusion compatible machines.
  • Bucket/tooth, undercarriage, track shoe and attachment choices help you equip your machine for optimal performance in your applications.
  • Purpose-built Waste Handler, Low Ground Pressure (LGP), Ship Hold and Steel Mill configurations stand up to the toughest tasks.

Top Performer


  • 953 uses up to 10% less fuel per hour than the previous model.

  • Performance Series bucket option boosts productivity up to 20% compared to General Purpose bucket.

  • Cat Payload* technology delivers precise bucket load information with on-the-go weighing. More accurate loading reduces cycle times to help save time, labor and fuel costs.

  • Advansys™ bucket tips are built to give you maximum productivity and the lowest bucket lifecycle cost for your toughest applications.

  • Smoother implement and steering response, and improved steering performance provide more controllability.

  • Load sensing hydraulics and position sensing cylinders offer precise, responsive performance.

All comparisons to 953K track loader.

*Not legal for trade.

Easy to Operate


  • Comfortable cab and an intuitive 254 mm (10 inch) touchscreen dash display.

  • Standard High Definition rearview camera shows prominently in the main display.

  • Slope Indicate helps make operation easier by showing machine mainfall and cross slope right on the display.

  • Enjoy operator comforts like suspension seat and adjustable armrests and controls.

  • Choose either joystick or two-lever implement controls to match operator preference or application.

  • Speed/steering control choices include either a joystick or a v-lever and foot pedals.

  • Set implement response – fine, normal, coarse – to match operator preference or application.

  • Emissions reduction technology (when equipped) is designed to work in the background, with no action required from the operator.

Focus on Safety

  • Excellent visibility to the bucket and all around the machine enhances safety and helps operators work more confidently.
  • Handles and steps help operators climb on and off the machine more easily, from the front or the back of the tracks.
  • Standard rear vision camera enhances visibility behind the machine.
  • Seat belt indicator gives an alarm and registers fault code through Product Link if the operator fails to buckle up, enhancing job site safety.
  • Ergonomics, a quiet engine and low-effort controls help lessen fatigue, so operators are better able to remain fresh and focused.

Equipped for the Job


  • Equip your loader from the factory to take on extra-challenging tasks like soft footing, waste handling, ship hold and steel mill work.

  • For added flotation and traction, or work in more sensitive ground conditions, choose a Low Ground Pressure (LGP) loader with wider tracks.

  • Waste Handler configuration is a versatile machine for loading, sorting, excavation and spreading cover, and well suited to the landfill or transfer station. Specialized guarding, striker bars and seals help protect the machine and components from impact and airborne debris. Enhanced Cleaning Package reduces cleaning time, adds machine protection and increases compaction.

  • Traction, high reach and machine balance make track loaders ideal for working in ship holds and port handling duties. Specialized guarding and seals help protect the machine, while attachments like coal buckets and trim blades help you get the job done.

  • Your track loader can be factory equipped with a heat-resistant cab, high-temperature guarding and other features to help protect the machine and operator in high-temperature steel mill work.

Note: 963 Waste Handler model shown

Save on Maintenance

  • Designed to help you take care of routine maintenance and get back to work.
  • Grouped service points located behind large access doors.
  • Daily grease points in easy reach at ground level.
  • Service mode in the operator display shows hydrostatic and implement pressure for easier troubleshooting and servicing.
  • Demand fan provides efficient cooling plus easy fold-down service access.
  • Handy bracket holds a shovel for quick undercarriage clean-out.
  • Tilt cab and convenient service access points for easier maintenance and repair.
  • Diesel Particulate Filter in the Clean Emissions Module (when equipped) designed to work for the life of the engine without needing to clean or replace the filter.

Connect to Greater Efficiency

  • Product Link™ collects machine data that can be viewed online through web and mobile applications.
  • Access information anytime, anywhere with VisionLink® – and use it to make informed decisions that boost productivity, lower costs, simplify maintenance, and improve safety and security on your job site.
  • The Cat App helps you manage your assets – at any time – right from your smartphone. See fleet location and hours, get critical required maintenance alerts, and even request service from your local Cat dealer.
  • Remote Troubleshoot saves time and money by allowing your Cat dealer to perform diagnostic testing remotely.
  • Remote Flash updates on-board software without a technician being present, at a time that is convenient for you, potentially reducing update time by as much as 50%.

Standard Equipment

  • Standard and optional equipment may vary. Consult your Cat dealer for details.
Power Train
  • Cat C7.1 Diesel Engine
  • Hydraulic demand fan
  • Hydrostatic transmission
  • Load sensing implement pump
  • Modular cooling system
Operator Environment
  • 12V power outlet and 5V USB port
  • Adjustable armrests
  • Full-color 254 mm (10 in) liquid crystal touchscreen display
  • Grab handle on dash
  • Heat/Air conditioning
  • Integrated rearview HD camera
  • Lights - 4 halogen
  • Pressurized, sound suppressed, Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS)/Falling Object Protective Structure (FOPS) Cab with tinted glass and sliding window
  • Radio ready
  • Storage areas throughout cab
Cat Technology
  • Slope Indicate
  • Product Link ready
  • Caterpillar Heavy Duty undercarriage
  • Oscillating track roller frames
  • Pin-on coupler
  • Cat Advansys bucket tips/Ground Engaging Tools
Service and Maintenance
  • 4 x 2 Easy tie-down points on chassis
  • Ecology drains
  • Ground level service center
  • Hinged radiator guard and swing out fan
  • Shovel holder

Additional information

Offering Type

Engine - Flywheel Power

119 kW ( 160 HP )

Engine Model

Cat C7.1

Engine - Net Power - ISO 9249/SAE J1349

119 kW ( 160 HP )

Engine - Net Power - ISO 9249 (DIN)

162 mhp ( 162 mhp )

Engine - Emissions

Meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final, EU Stage V, Korea Stage V, China Nonroad Stage IV, Japan 2014 emission standards or India Bharat Stage III, Eurasian Economic Union Stage IIIA, UN ECE R96 Stage IIIA emission standards, equivalent to U.S. EPA Tier 3/ EU Stage IIIA.

Engine - Note (1)

Cat U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final, EU Stage V, Korea Stage V, China Nonroad Stage IV, Japan 2014 engines are required to use ULSD (ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel with 15 ppm of sulfur or less) or ULSD blended with the following lower-carbon intensity fuels up to: 20% biodiesel FAME (fatty acid methyl ester)*; 100% renewable diesel, HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) and GTL (gas-to-liquid) fuels. Cat engines meeting Eurasian Economic Union Stage IIIA, UN ECE R96 Stage IIIA emission standards, equivalent to U.S. EPA Tier 3/ EU Stage IIIA, are compatible with diesel fuel blended with the following lower-carbon intensity fuels up to: 100% biodiesel FAME (fatty acid methyl ester)**; 100% renewable diesel, HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) and GTL (gas-to-liquid) fuels. Refer to guidelines for successful application. Please consult your Cat dealer or “Caterpillar Machine Fluids Recommendations” (SEBU6250) for details.

*Engines with no aftertreatment devices can use higher blends, up to 100% biodiesel (For use of blends higher than 20% biodiesel, consult your Cat dealer).
**For use of blends higher than 20% biodiesel, consult your Cat dealer.

Engine - Note (2)

Net power advertised is the power available at the engine flywheel when the engine is equipped with a fan, air cleaner, clean emissions Module (when equipped) and alternator. Advertised power is tested per the specified standard in effect at the time of manufacture.

Weights - Operating Weight

15692 kg ( 34594 lb )

Service Refill Capacities - Fuel Tank

265 l ( 70 gal (US) )

Service Refill Capacities - DEF Tank

16 l ( 4.2 gal (US) )

Standard - Operating Weight

15958 kg ( 35181 lb )

Width of Standard Shoe

480 mm ( 20 in )

Standard - Ground Contact Area

2.4 m² ( 3720 in² )

Standard - Ground Pressure

66 kPa ( 10 psi )

Low Ground Pressure (LGP) - Operating Weight

17261 kg ( 38055 lb )

Low Ground Pressure (LGP) - Width of Standard Shoe

800 mm ( 31.5 in )

Low Ground Pressure (LGP) - Ground Contact Area

3.9 mm² ( 6045 in² )

Low Ground Pressure (LGP) - Ground Pressure

43 kPa ( 6 psi )

Waste Handler - Operating Weight

16176 kg ( 35662 lb )

Waste Handler - Width of Standard Shoe

480 mm ( 20 in )

Waste Handler - Ground Contact Area

2.4 m² ( 3720 in² )

Waste Handler - Ground Pressure

67 kPa ( 10 psi )

Dimensions - Overall Machine Length*

6378 mm ( 251.1 in )

Dimensions - Overall Machine Width without Bucket: With Standard Tracks - 550 mm (21.6 in) Shoes

2316 mm ( 91.2 in )

Dimensions - Machine Height - Top of Cab

3156 mm ( 124.2 in )

Dimensions - Reach at Full Lift Height and 45° Dump*

1053 mm ( 41.4 in )

Dimensions - Clearance at Full Lift Height and 45° Dump*

2838 mm ( 111.7 in )

Dimensions - Height - Bucket Hinge Pin

3608 mm ( 142.1 in )

Dimensions - Ground Clearance

413 mm ( 16.3 in )

Dimensions - Ramp Angle


Dimensions - Note

*With General Purpose pin-on bucket

Undercarriage - Track Gauge

1836 mm ( 72.3 in )

Undercarriage - Track on Ground

2286 mm ( 90 in )

Undercarriage - Track Rollers/Shoes - Each Side


Buckets - Capacity - General Purpose

1.8 m³ ( 2.4 yd³ )

Buckets - Capacity - Multi-Purpose

1.6 m³ ( 2.1 yd³ )

Buckets - Capacity - Performance Series

2.1 m³ ( 2.7 yd³ )

Buckets - Width - General Purpose

2485 mm ( 97.8 in )

Buckets - Width - Multi-Purpose

2471 mm ( 97.3 in )

Buckets - Width - Performance Series

2536 mm ( 99.8 in )

Air Conditioning System - Air Conditioning

The air conditioning system on this machine contains the fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant R134a (Global Warming Potential = 1430). The system contains 1.1 kg of refrigerant which has a CO2 equivalent of 1.573 metric tonnes.

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