PL61 Pipelayer

The PL61 is part of a full line of purpose-built Cat pipelayers designed for performance, safety and serviceability. Easy transport width, combined with the experienced support of the Cat dealer network, means this key pipe line equipment is available when and where you need it.



  • 18 ton (40,000 lb.) lift capacity with side boom.

  • Easy transport width at 3240 mm (128 in).

  • More robust fuel system with advanced filtration to better withstand poor fuel conditions (engines equivalent to Tier 3/Stage IIIA).

  • Cold weather package provides added features for cab comfort and more reliable engine starting/performance in cold environments.


  • Hystat transmission, faster steering response for superior maneuverability on the pipeline.
  • Choice of narrow or wide tracks to optimize for job site ground conditions.
  • Durability in rough terrain with heavy duty undercarriage.
  • Ergonomically designed right joystick places all boom, hook and counterweight function conveniently in one hand.
  • Comfortable cab with air suspension seat, ergonomic controls and excellent visibility.
  • Improved heating/ventilation/air conditioning system that better circulates around the operator using a canopy machine.


  • Worldwide Cat dealer network understands pipeline job site needs for outstanding support, even in remote areas.
  • Purpose-built pipelayer gives you a single source for parts and service on all components.
  • Easy access to grouped maintenance and diagnostic points.
  • Simplified cable replacement – no need to thread through hood.
  • Updated cooling package allows more air flow, reducing fan speed for greater efficiency.
  • Hydraulic demand fan automatically reduces fan speed in cooler conditions to help save fuel.
  • Hydraulic reversing fan offers automatic or manual modes and changes direction to blow debris out of the radiator cores.
  • Equipped with Product Link™ which enables remote monitoring, improving overall fleet management effectiveness.


  • Rear vision camera, with dedicated display, adds to visibility for greater safety.
  • Load Monitor Indicator (LMI) delivered with the machine for simple installation of load monitor system on the job site.
  • Quick drop release function now common with other Cat pipelayer models for added ease of use.
  • Rear window exit now common across Cat pipelayer product line.
  • Factory integrated Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) helps protect operators and machine in case of rollover.

Standard Equipment

  • Standard and optional equipment may vary. Consult your Cat dealer for details.
  • ROPS Cab with cloth seat or ROPS Canopy with vinyl seat
  • Seat belt, retractable
  • Electro-hydraulic controls, seat mounted, adjustable
  • Foot rests
  • Display with gauge cluster
  • Rotary throttle switch
  • Independent forward/reverse speed settings
  • Mirror, rearview
  • Mirror
  • 12V radio ready
  • 12V power port
  • Coat hook
  • Storage compartment
  • Cup holder
  • Heavy duty rubber floor mat
  • Single pedal combining deceleration and braking function
  • Adjustable armrests
  • Eco Mode
  • Electronic water-in-fuel indicator
  • Electronically programmable speed selector
  • Heater
  • Boom, 5.49 m (18 ft)
  • Counterweight, extendible 2980 kg (6,570 lb)
  • Aluminum bar plate cooling system (radiator, power train, aftercooler)
  • Air cleaner with pre-cleaner, automatic dust ejection and under-hood intake
  • Electric fuel priming pump with integrated fuel/water separator
  • Dual path, electronic control, closed-loop hydrostatic transmission
  • Under-hood muffler
  • Starting aid, ether injection
  • Antifreeze, extendible life coolant -37 °C (-35 °F)
  • Cat C4.4 turbocharged diesel engine with engine mounted aftertreatment to meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final / EU Stage IV / Korea Tier 4 Final / Japan 2014 (Tier 4 Final) Certified Engine emission standards. 115 Amp alternator, air cleaner
  • Cat C7.1 turbocharged diesel engine to meet China Nonroad Stage III, India Bharat III, Eurasian Economic Union Stage IIIA, UN ECE R96 Stage IIIA emission standards, equivalent to Tier 3/Stage IIIA. 100 Amp (24 Volt) alternator.
  • Engine decelerating function - rotary switch and pedal engine speed control)
  • Engine idle shutdown
  • Hydraulically driven, variable speed fan
  • Heavy duty undercarriage
  • Track adjusters, hydraulic
  • Track, 40 sections: - Standard configuration, 560 mm (22 in) - LGP configuration, 760 mm (30 in)
  • Alarm, back up
  • Batteries, heavy duty, 900 CCA
  • Converter, 12V, 10 Amp
  • Diagnostic connector
  • Integrated lights (4 front, 2 rear)
  • Starter, 24 volt
  • Glowplug starting aid
  • Three-function electro-hydraulic valve
  • Fuel tank and guard
  • Hinged crankcase guard
  • Lockable engine enclosures
  • Hinged radiator grill and swing-out fan
  • Front pull device
  • Rigid drawbar
  • Ecology drains
  • SOS sampling ports
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