PL87 Pipelayer

The PL87 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.


Built to Perform

  • Integrated power train with differential steering and updated hydraulic system work together to provide power and improved machine maneuverability for any pipelayer application.
  • Electro-hydraulics offer greater response and precise control to variable speed motors of the heavy duty winch for greater machine productivity.
  • Counterweight profile improves lift capacity.
  • Differential steering maintains full power to both tracks for best-in class turning even with a loaded boom, increasing maneuverability in tight locations.
  • Improved machine center of gravity and lengthened track-roller frame with repositioned rear idler places more track on the ground, enhancing slope capability.

Because Uptime Counts

  • Equipped with Product Link™ which enables remote monitoring, improving overall fleet management effectiveness.
  • Full left-side engine serviceability, including fill tube, dipstick, air cleaner, fuel filters, oil filter and coolant level check allows for quick and efficient routine service.
  • High speed oil change is standard and makes servicing even faster.
  • Hydraulic and power train filters and fuel tank drain are located at rear of machine and are conveniently serviceable from ground level.
  • Pressure taps are placed within hydraulic system to allow for quick monitoring.
  • Major components like the engine, transmission, and final drives are modular for quicker removal during service, saving cost and downtime.

Designed for Operators

  • Implement joystick places all pipelayer implement controls and functionality in one hand.
  • Low-effort, ergonomically designed and positioned control handle allows simultaneous, precise positioning of load line, boom, and extendible counterweight.
  • Dual brake pedal controls provide enhanced maneuverability and steering control.
  • Planetary differential steering contributes to superior maneuverability in tight areas of operation as well as enhanced slope capability.

Work in Comfort

  • Quieter, pressurized cab with heated/ventilated seat option improves operator comfort and productivity.
  • Ergonomically designed seat is positioned for greater visibility to work area and convenient access to machine control lever, switches and pedals.

Built-In Safety Features

  • Load Moment Indicator (LMI) is standard.
  • Convenient steps, handles and guardrail provide safe access/egress.
  • Enlarged roof top window with retractable shade, additional mirrors, and angled door improves visibility to the trench, boom and blocks.
  • Standard operator presence detection system allows machine to idle when operator is not seated, but locks out power train to avoid unintentional movement.
  • Rear vision camera is standard, and two additional cameras can be added as an option to further enhance visibility around the machine.

Standard Equipment

  • Standard and optional equipment may vary. Consult your Cat dealer for details.
  • Cat C15 diesel engine: Electronic Unit Injection (EUI) Aftertreatment Meets Tier 4 Final/Stage V or Tier 3/Stage IIIA equivalent emission standards, depending on region of sale
  • 24V electric start
  • Aftercooler, air-to-air (ATAAC)
  • Coolant, extended life with protection to -37 C (-34 F)
  • Filter, air with electronic service indicator
  • Final drives: Four double reduction planetary
  • Fuel priming pump, electric
  • High performance single plane cooling system
  • Parking brake, electronic
  • Precleaner, strata-tube dust ejector
  • Prescreener
  • Starting aid, ether
  • Torque divider
  • Transmission, electronically controlled 3-speed Powershift
  • Turbocharger, wastegate
  • Water separator
  • Zero speed hydraulic fan, reversing and hydraulically driven, electronically controlled
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Load Moment Indicator (LMI)
  • Advisor operator interface: Electronic monitoring system, Diagnostic service information, Operator preferences
  • Armrest, adjustable
  • Deactivation switch, hydraulic controls
  • Decelerator pedal
  • Differential steering control, with touch shift
  • Dual brake pedal
  • Heater and ventilation
  • ROPS
  • Seat belt, retractable
  • Storage compartment
  • Block and hook with latch
  • Counterweights, extendible segmented
  • Winches, hydraulic actuated and electronically controlled
  • Carrier roller
  • Hydraulic track adjusters
  • Master links, two piece
  • Medium service grouser 760 mm (30 in): Sealed and lubricated track (48 section)
  • Non-suspended undercarriage
  • Rollers and idlers, lifetime lubricated
  • Sprocket rim segments, replaceable
  • Track guiding guards
  • Track roller frames
  • Alarm, backup
  • Batteries, four maintenance free heavy duty
  • Boom and counterweight limit switch
  • Converter, 12V, 10 amp with one outlet
  • Horn, forward warning
  • Lights, two front, two rear
  • Machine diagnostic connector
  • Machine disconnect switch
  • Starting receptacle
  • Bottom guards, hinged
  • Bumper, front with towing device
  • Ecology drains: Engine oil, Coolant, Hydraulic oil, Torque converter, Fuel tank, Power train case and transmission
  • Enclosures, perforated engine
  • Guard, hinged radiator
  • Hood, perforated
  • Hydraulic system, electronically activated for hook, boom and counterweight control
  • Hydraulics, independent steering and work tool pumps
  • Oil cooler, hydraulic
  • Product Link ready
  • S-O-S sampling ports
  • Steering, electronically controlled power differential
  • Vandalism protection for fluid compartments
  • ROPS

Additional information

Offering Type

Engine Model

Cat C15

Engine - Flywheel Power

238 kW ( 319 HP )

Engine - Tier 4 Final/Stage V: Net Power (Rated Speed**) - ISO 9249/SAE J1349

238 kW ( 319 HP )

Engine - Tier 4 Final/Stage V: Net Power (Rated Speed**) - ISO 9249/SAE J1349 (DIN)

323 mhp ( 323 mhp )

Engine - Tier 3/Stage IIIA Equivalent: Net Power (Rated Speed****) - ISO 9249/SAE J1349 (DIN)

333 mhp ( 333 mhp )

Engine - Tier 3/Stage IIIA Equivalent: Net Power (Rated Speed****) - ISO 9249/SAE J1349

245 kW ( 329 HP )

Engine - Emissions

U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage V/Korea Tier 4 Final or UN ECE R96 Stage IIIA
equivalent to U.S. EPA Tier 3/EU Stage IIIA

Engine - Fuel Tank

415 l ( 109.6 gal (US) )

Engine - DEF Tank(1)

17 l ( 4.5 gal (US) )

Engine - Note (2)

**Rated speed 1,900 rpm. Net power advertised is the power available at the flywheel when the engine is equipped with fan, air cleaner, muffler, and alternator. Net power is tested per ISO 9249:2007 and SAE J1349:2011.

Engine - Note (4)

****Rated speed 1,850 rpm. Net power advertised is the power available at the flywheel when the engine is equipped with fan, air cleaner, muffler, and alternator. Net power is tested per ISO 9249:2007 and SAE J1349:2011.

Pipelaying Equipment - Lift Capacity

97976 kg ( 216000 lb )

Weights - Operating Weight

55246 kg ( 121795 lb )

Weights - Shipping Weight

41096 kg ( 90600 lb )

Components - Removable Counterweight (14 plates) Single Plate

775 kg ( 1708 lb )

Components - Total Removable Counterweight*

10844 kg ( 23908 lb )

Undercarriage - Track Gauge

2.54 m ( 8.3 ft )

Undercarriage - Length - Track on Ground

3.72 m ( 12.2 ft )

Undercarriage - Ground Contact Area

6.4 m² ( 9920.1 in² )

Undercarriage - Width - Standard Shoes

864 mm ( 34 in )

Dimensions - Width - Tractor - Standard Shoes

3.86 m ( 12.7 ft )

Dimensions (Approximate) - Width - Tractor - Counterweight Extended

6.34 m ( 20.8 ft )

Dimensions (Approximate) - Width - Tractor - Counterweight Retracted

4.32 m ( 14.2 ft )

Dimensions (Approximate) - Width - Tractor - Counterweight/Boom Removed

4.06 m ( 13.3 ft )

Dimensions (Approximate) - Machine Height - Top of Counterweight

3.4 m ( 11.2 ft )

Dimensions (Approximate) - Height - Machine - Cab and ROPS

3.53 m ( 11.6 ft )

Dimensions (Approximate) - Boom Height (at SAE 1.22 m [4 ft] Overhang) 6.1 m (20 ft) Boom

6.78 m ( 22.3 ft )

Dimensions (Approximate) - Boom Height (at SAE 1.22 m [4 ft] Overhang) 7.3 m (24 ft) Boom

8.02 m ( 26.3 ft )

Dimensions (Approximate) - Boom Height (at SAE 1.22 m [4 ft] Overhang) 8.5 m (28 ft) Boom

9.25 m ( 30.4 ft )

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 2.5 kg of refrigerant which has a CO2 equivalent of 3.575 metric tonnes.

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