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816K Landfill Compactor
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Cat Landfill Compactors are designed with durability built in, ensuring maximum availability through multiple life cycles. With optimized performance and simplified serviceability, our machines allow you to operate more efficiently and safely. Introduced in 1972, the 816 has been the industry leader for over 40 years. Focused on helping our customers succeed, we have continued to build upon each new series. The 816K continues our legacy of reliability, performance, safety, operator comfort, serviceability, and efficiency.

Standard Equipment

Operating Specifications (HRC)

Maximum Operating Weight – Multiple Blade and Wheel Offerings
56308 lb


Gross Power
284 hp
Net Power
248 hp
Engine Model
Cat® C7.1 ACERT™: configured for two emissions options
4.1 in
5.3 in
427.8 in3
Emissions (HRC)
Meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emission standards or meets U.S. EPA Tier 3/EU Stage IIIA equivalent emission standards
High Idle Speed
2270 RPM
Low Idle Speed
800 RPM
Maximum Altitude without Derating
248 ft
Maximum Net Torque @ 1,300 rpm
248 lb ft
Net Power: Converter Drive – Gross Power
284 hp
Net Power: Converter Drive – Torque Rise
274 %
Net Power: Direct Drive – Gross Power
899 hp
Net Power: Direct Drive – Torque Rise
249 %
Rated Power (Net ISO 9249)
249 hp
Rated Power (Net SAE J1349)
286 hp

Service Refill Capacities

Fuel Tank
132.1 gal
Cooling System
21.4 gal
14.8 gal
Differentials and Final Drives – Front
11.4 gal
Differentials and Final Drives – Rear
11.4 gal
Diesel Exhaust Fluid Tank (HRC)
4.2 gal
Engine Crankcase
5.28 gal
Hydraulic Tank Only
19.8 gal

Cab – Standard

Machine Sound Level (ISO 6395)
112 dB(A)
Operator Sound Level (ISO 6396)
70 dB(A)

Dimensions (Approximate)

Height to Top of Cab with A/C
14.3 ft
Height to Top of Exhaust Pipe
11.5 ft
Height to Top of Hood
8.9 ft
Ground Clearance to Bumper
2.7 ft
Hitch to Center Line of Front Axle
6.5 ft
5.5 ft
Width over Wheels
11.0 ft
Center Line of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight – Including Rear Radiator Guard
26.4 ft
Center Line of Rear Axle to Edge of Counterweight – No Rear Radiator Guard
1.7 ft
Height to ROPS/Canopy
131.4 ft
Height to Top of Cab with Strobe
12.7 ft
Length with Blade on Ground – (includes rear radiator guard) (straight blade)
8.9 ft
Turning Radius – Inside of Wheels
9.5 ft
Ground Clearance
21.2 ft

Hydraulic System – Steering

4.0 in
Maximum System Flow
147 L/min @ 2,111 rpm (38.8 gal/min @ 2,111 rpm)
Steering Pressure Limited
4003 psi
Steering System – Circuit
Closed Center Load Sensing
Steering System – Pump
Piston – Variable Displacement
23.5 in
Vehicle Articulation Angle
84 Degrees


Operating Weight
56899 lb


Planetary – Fixed
Oscillation Angle
Planetary – Oscillating

Cab – Suppression

Machine Sound Level (ISO 6395)
71 dB(A)
Operator Sound Level (ISO 6396)
111 dB(A)


Parking Brake
Drum and Shoe, Spring Applied, Hydraulic Released

Operating Specifications

Maximum Operating Weight – Multiple Blade and Wheel Offerings
56899 lb

Hydraulic System

Lift System
120 mm × 915 mm (4.7 in × 36.0 in)
Main Relief Pressure
3190 psi
Maximum Supply Pressure
2930 psi
Pump Flow at 1,950 rpm
23.5 gal/min


Transmission Type
Planetary – Powershift – ECPC
Travel Speeds: Forward – Maximum 1st
3.8 mph
Travel Speeds: Forward – Maximum 2nd
6.8 mph
Travel Speeds: Reverse – Maximum 1st
4.3 mph
Travel Speeds: Reverse – Maximum 2nd
7.8 mph
Efficiency and Productivity

Efficiency and Productivity

Delivering the efficiency and productivity you demand through integrated machine systems.

Advanced Productivity Electronic Control System (APECS)

The new APECS is designed to improve transmission shifting performance, providing a higher level of comfort for the operator and increasing productivity.

Decelerator Pedal

The left pedal acts as a brake, transmission neutralizer and an engine decelerator to override the engine speed selected by the throttle lock. This enables the operator to slow down when the throttle lock is engaged and to return to throttle lock without pressing a resume or set button again. This aids in maneuvering around trucks, tractors or any other obstacle.

Steering System

Confident machine operation starts with precise machine control enabled by the 816K’s load sensing hydraulic steering system.

  • Increase efficiency with our variable displacement piston pumps
  • Achieve precise positioning for easy loading in tight areas with 42 degrees each way of steering articulation
  • Enhance operator comfort with integrated steering and transmission control functions

Electro Hydraulic Controls

Operators increase productivity with our responsive implements feature.

  • Operate comfortably through electronically controlled hydraulic cylinder stops
  • Handle easy-to-use soft detent controls



Purpose-built from the ground up for the toughest conditions.

The 816K is specifically designed and made with purpose built structures to remain safe and durable for the long run. Advanced design, materials and robotic welding contribute to increased durability and overall machine strength.

Robust Structures

Your bottom line is improved by highly durable structures that achieve multiple life cycles and withstand the toughest loading conditions.

  • Full box-section rear frame resists torsional shock and twisting forces
  • Heavy-duty steering cylinder mounts efficiently transmit steering loads into the frame
  • Axle mounting has been optimized for increased structural integrity

Engine and Power Train

Engine and Power Train

Operate more efficiently with improved power and control.

Cat Planetary Powershift Transmission

Building your success begins with a best-in-class transmission.

  • Consistent, smooth shifting and efficiency through integrated electronic controls that utilize Advanced Productivity Electronic Control System (APECS).
  • Long life and reliability through heat treat gear and metallurgy.
  • Two forward and two reverse speeds.

Engine and Emissions

The Cat C7.1 ACERT engine is designed for maximum fuel efficiency and increased power density. Two engine options are available to meet Tier 4 Final/Stage IV or Tier 3/Stage IIIA equivalent emission standards. This engine features innovative Cat electronics, fuel injection process, air-management systems, aftertreatment solution with Cat Selective Catalytic Reduction, and a fuel efficient regeneration system. The Cat Regeneration System automatically removes soot from the Diesel Particulate Filter without interrupting your machine’s work cycle.

Efficient Systems and Components

Innovative systems intelligently lower the average working engine speeds and reduce the overall system heat loads which result in significantly improved performance and fuel efficiency.

Advanced Systems with Innovative Integration

The deep system integration of the new engine and emissions system, power train, hydraulic system and cooling system result in lower fuel consumption on average compared to previous models.

Next Generation Fuel Systems

Cat injection timing precisely controls the fuel injection process through a series of carefully timed microbursts, providing more control of combustion for the cleanest, most efficient fuel burn. On the 816K the high pressure common rail fuel systems boost performance and reduce soot for the C7.1 ACERT engine.

Cat NOx Reduction System

The Cat NOx Reduction System (NRS) captures and cools a small quantity of exhaust gas, then routes it back into the combustion chamber where it drives down combustion temperatures and reduces NOx emissions.

Aftertreatment Technologies

To meet the additional 80% reduction in NOx emissions required by Tier 4 Final/Stage IV emission standards, one new system, the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), has been added to the already proven Cat Tier 4 Interim/Stage IIIB aftertreatment solution.

Wheels and Tips

Wheels and Tips

More options to fit your operation.

New Long Life Paddle and Plus Design Compactor Tips

Providing up to 40% longer life than previous offering.

Designed specifically to compliment Cat machines.

Improving machine performance!

  • Longer wear life
  • Maintaining traction

Three new wheel and tip configurations are available to meet your particular application: 1) Paddle Tip – High performance and less fuel burn with more traction and less weight. 2) Plus Tip – Traditional design for increased side slope stability. 3) Combination Tip – Both paddle and plus tips provide the best compromise of performance and fuel economy with side slope stability.

Operator Station

Operator Station

Best-in-class operator comfort and ergonomics.

Your operators can work more efficiently and stay comfortable with our customer-inspired cab features.


Your operator’s productivity is enhanced with our clean, comfortable cab environment.

  • Experience reduced vibrations from isolation cab mounts and seat air suspension
  • Maintain desired cab temperature with automatic temperature controls
  • Pressurized cab with filtered air
  • Reduced sound levels
  • Convenient floor storage tray/lunch box
  • Footrest for additional comfort

Cat Comfort Series III Seat

Enhance comfort and help reduce operator fatigue with Cat Comfort Series III seat.

  • Mid back design and extra thick, contoured cushions
  • Air suspension system
  • Easy-to-reach seat levers and controls for six way adjustments
  • Floor-mounted implement pod and STIC™ steer provides greater stability
  • 76 mm (3 in) wide retractable seat belt

Control Panel

Ergonomic placement of switches and information display keep your operators comfortable all day every day.

  • Large backlit membrane switches feature LED activation indicators
  • Switches feature ISO symbols for quick function identification
  • Two position rocker switch activates the electro hydraulic park brake

Steering and Transmission Integrated Control System (STIC)

Enter and exit the cab easily and safely with a new fold up STIC armrest.

Experience maximum responsiveness and control with STIC that combines directional selection, gear selection and steering into a single lever.

  • Simple side-to-side motion turns machine right or left, minimizing operator movements
  • Easy to operate finger controlled gear selection
  • Smoother, faster cycles help reduce operator fatigue through the use of low effort integrated controls

Integrated Technologies

Integrated Technologies

Monitor, manage, and enhance job site operations.

Cat Connect makes smart use of technology and services to improve your job site efficiency. Using the data from technology-equipped machines, you’ll get more information and insight into your equipment and operations than ever before.

Cat Connect technologies offers improvements in these key areas: Equipment Management – increase uptime and reduce operating costs. Productivity – monitor production and manage job site efficiency. Safety – enhance job site awareness to keep your people and equipment safe.

LINK Technologies

LINK technologies wirelessly connect you to your equipment, giving you valuable insight into how your machine or fleet is performing so you can make timely, fact-based decisions that can boost job site efficiency and productivity.

Product Link™/VisionLink®

Product Link is deeply integrated into your machine, giving you access to timely information like machine location, hours, fuel usage, idle time and event codes via the online VisionLink user interface can help you effectively manage your fleet and lower operating costs.

Rear Vision Camera

A rear vision camera greatly enhances visibility behind the machine to help the operator work more productively. Work with greater confidence and at peak potential while keeping people and assets safe.

COMPACT Technologies

COMPACT technologies combine advanced compaction measurement, in-cab guidance, and reporting capabilities to help you consistently meet compaction targets fast, uniformly, in fewer passes – saving on fuel and rework.

Cat Compaction Control

The factory-installed Cat Compaction Control system uses the Cat Compaction Algorithm to measure effective compaction value and deliver real-time 3D pass mapping guidance to the cab, indicating where to work and when layers are compacted to optimum density. Pass mapping helps eliminate voids, optimize cell space, and document results. VisionLink 3D Project Monitoring provides landfill managers with detailed compaction analysis to more effectively monitor and manage their operation.

Waste Protection

Waste Protection

Maximize uptime, long life – it’s what you expect from your bottom line.


Working in the toughest application, the purpose built 816K Landfill Compactor has specialized waste guarding to protect key components and systems from damage, debris, chemicals, premature wear, or wrapping of the material around components. This additional guarding includes:

  • Engine and Power Train Guards – Guards help prevent trash build-up and shield components.
  • Front Frame Guards – Front frame guards prevent trash build-up inside the frame. This guard further protects components and hydraulic lines.
  • Axle Wrapping and Seal Guarding – The guarding prevents material from wrapping and binding around the axles, as well as assist in ease of cleaning.
  • Major System Guarding and Sight Gauges – Transmission oil tube is guarded to resist damage from debris. The sight gauge for the transmission is visible from ground level. The fuel tank is positioned away from the debris in the front frame and is easily accessed.
  • High Radiator Air Inlet with Screen – Helps prevent trash from entering the radiator area, maintaining proper airflow and allows for debris to fall off.
  • Striker Bars and Optional Cleaner Fingers – Striker bars are located in front of and behind the rear wheels and behind the front wheels. Striker bars help to keep wheels free of debris to assist the wheel tips in maintaining good compaction. In cohesive material or severe packing conditions, optional cleaner fingers are available to further assist in keeping the wheel tips clean.
  • Extended Roof – An oversized roof extends past the cab doors and windows to minimize debris build up.
  • Suction Fan – Allows ambient air to cool, providing better cooling capacity. It also pressurizes the engine compartment, preventing trash build up.



Making your safety our priority.

We are constantly improving our products in an effort to provide a safe work environment for the operator and those who work on your job site.

Machine Access

  • Railings, ladders and non-slip surfaces enhance technician and operator safety
  • Maintain three points of contact at all times through ground level or platform accessible service areas


  • Rearview camera with in-cab monitor increases operator awareness around the machine
  • Standard cab mounted LED warning strobes

Operator Environment

  • Increased stability for the operator with isolated cab mounts and floor-mounted implement and steering controls
  • Low interior sound levels
  • Pressurized cab with filtered air
  • Standard 76 mm (3 in) seat belts on the operator seat



Stewards of the environment.

Reducing the Impact to the Environment

The 816K is designed and built with sustainability in mind.

  • Engine Idle Shutdown can help you save fuel by avoiding unnecessary idling.
  • Reduce waste to the environment with our maintenance free batteries.
  • To assist with maximizing machine life, the Cat 816K is built for multiple lives and is one of our most rebuilt products. To get the most value from your investment, Caterpillar offers sustainable options such as our Cat Reman and Certified Rebuild programs. In these programs, remanufactured components deliver cost savings of 40 to 70 percent, which lowers your operating cost while also reducing waste and minimizing the need for raw materials.
  • Caterpillar offers retrofit packages to bring new features to older machines, maximizing your resource. And, when you go through the Cat Certified Rebuild program, these retrofit kits are part of the rebuild process.



Enabling high uptime by reducing your service time.

We can help you succeed by ensuring your 816K has design features to reduce your downtime.

  • Safe and convenient service with ground level or platform access and grouped service points.
  • Swing-out doors on both sides of the engine compartment provide easy access to important daily service checks.
  • Ecology drains for ease of service and prevention of spills.
  • Reduce downtime with VIMS system notifications so your operators and technicians can resolve any problems before failure.
  • Quick visual inspection and minimize fluid contamination with sight gauges.
  • Side access doors provided for cleanout of the cooling package.
  • A new ground level service area includes a Master Disconnect Switch with integrated lock-out/tag-out, DEF purge lamp (TIer 4 Final/Stage IV machines only), circuit breakers, emergency fuel shutoff switch and the jump start receptacle.
  • Centralized grease points for convenient maintenance.

Customer Support

Customer Support

Your Cat dealers know how to keep your machines productive.

Legendary Cat Dealer Support

A valued partner, your Cat dealer is available whenever you need them.

  • Preventive maintenance programs and guaranteed maintenance contracts
  • Best-in-class parts availability
  • Improve your efficiency with operator training
  • Genuine Cat Remanufactured parts

Operating Costs

Operating Costs

Save time and money by working smart.

Data from customer machines show Cat Landfill Compactors are among the most fuel efficient machines in the industry. Several features contribute to this excellent fuel efficiency:

  • ACERT Engine – Advanced engine controls maximizes power and efficiency.
  • Engine Idle Shutdown – Automatic engine and electrical system shutdown conserves fuel.
  • Advanced Productivity Electronic Control System (APECS) – All new APECS transmission controls provides greater momentum on grades and fuel savings by carrying that momentum through the shift points.
  • Fuel Tank Capacity minimum of 12 hours operation depending on the application.