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279D Compact Track Loader
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The Cat 279D Compact Track Loader, with its radial lift design, delivers impressive mid-lift reach and excellent digging performance with outstanding drawbar power. Its standard, suspended undercarriage system provides superior traction, flotation, stability and speed to work in a wide range of applications and underfoot conditions.

Standard Equipment


Engine Model
Cat C3.3B DIT (turbo)
Net Power
72.9 hp
Gross Power
74.3 hp
Gross Power SAE J1995
74.3 hp
Net Power SAE 1349
72.9 hp
203.0 in3
3.7 in
4.7 in

Operating Specifications

Rated Operating Capacities: 50% Tipping Load
2935.0 lb
Rated Operating Capacities: 35% Tipping Load
2055.0 lb
Ground Contact Area
3185 in2
Ground Pressure
2015 psi
Tipping Load
5870.0 lb
Breakout Force, Tilt Cylinder
7285.0 lb


Operating Weight
9893 lb

Power Train

Travel Speed Forward
4.5 mph
Travel Speed Reverse
7.0 mph


Length of Track on Ground
64.2 in
Overall Length of Track
83.8 in
Length w/Bucket on Ground
146.2 in
Length w/o Bucket
117.9 in
Height to Top of Cab
83.2 in
Vehicle Width
76.0 in
Max. Overall Height
159.5 in
Bucket Pin Height at Max. Lift
124.9 in
Bucket Pin Height at Carry Pos.
7.8 in
Reach at Max. Lift/Dump
22.6 in
Clearance at Max. Lift/Dump
97.8 in
Ground Clearance
8.9 in
Departure Angle
Maximum Dump Angle
Turn Radius from Ctr - Rear
70.7 in
Turn Radius from Ctr - Coupler
55.5 in
Turn Radius from Ctr - Bucket
88.8 in
Max. Reach w/Arms Parallel
54.0 in
Rack Back Angle at Max Height

Service Refill Capacities

Cooling System
3.7 gal
Engine Crankcase
3.0 gal
Fuel Tank
24.8 gal
Hydraulic System
13.7 gal
Hydraulic Tank
10.3 gal

Hydraulic System

Hydraulic Flow
Loader Hydraulic Pressure
23 psi
Loader Hydraulic Flow
44 gal/min
Hydraulic Power
4061 hp
Hydraulic Flow
Max. Loader Hydraulic Pressure
76 psi


ISO 3471:2008
ISO 3449:2005 Level I
ISO 3449:2005 Level II
Comfortable Cab

Comfortable Cab

Industry leading sealed and pressurized cab option provides a cleaner and quieter operating environment with excellent work tool visibility. Available high-back, heated, air ride seat with seat mounted adjustable joystick controls makes the D Series the industry leader in operator comfort.

Outstanding Power

Outstanding Power

High performance power train provides maximum performance and production capability through the Electronic Torque Management system, standard two speed travel and an industry exclusive electronic hand/foot throttle with decel pedal capability. Electronically controlled Cat C3.3B engine provides high horsepower and torque while meeting U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final (EU Stage IIIB) emission standards. High Flow XPS hydraulic system is available for applications that demand maximum hydraulic work tool performance.

Versatility to Tackle Any Job

Versatility to Tackle Any Job

Cat “Intelligent Leveling” system (ILEV) provides industry leading technology, integration and optional features such as dual direction self level, work tool return to dig and work tool positioner. Standard fully independent torsion axle suspension combined with the optional Speed Sensitive Ride Control system improves operation on rough terrain, enabling better load retention, increased productivity and greater operator comfort. Broad range of performance matched Cat Work Tools makes the Cat Compact Track Loader the most versatile machine on the job site.

Advanced Display

Advanced Display

Maximize machine capability and control with optional Advanced Display providing on-screen adjustments for implement response, hystat response and creep control. The display also features multi-language functionality with customizable layouts, security system and rearview camera.

Easy Service

Easy Service

Ground level access to all daily service and routine maintenance points helps reduce machine downtime for greater productivity.