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242D Skid Steer Loader
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The Cat 242D Skid Steer Loader, with its vertical lift design, delivers extended reach and lift height for quick and easy truck loading. Its stability and lifting performance provides excellent material handling.

Standard Equipment


Top Speed
7.5 mph
Travel Speed Reverse
11.5 mph


43.5 in
Length w/Bucket on Ground
137.3 in
Length w/o Bucket
108.9 in
Height to Top of Cab
83.1 in
Vehicle Width over Tires
66.0 in
Max Overall Height
154.2 in
Bucket Pin Height at Max Lift
121.1 in
Bucket Pin Height at Carry Pos.
7.9 in
Reach at Max Lift and Dump
21.7 in
Clearance at Max Lift and Dump
90.0 in
Ground Clearance
8.7 in
Departure Angle
Bumper Overhang - Rear Axle
40.2 in
Maximum Dump Angle
Turn Radius from Ctr - Rear
64.5 in
Turn Radius from Ctr - Coupler
51.8 in
Turn Radius from Ctr - Bucket
83.0 in
Max. Reach w/Arms-Parallel
49.2 in
Rack Back Angle at Max Height
Bucket Pin Reach at Max Lift
7.2 in


Seat (Capacity) - Front
2150 lb


Operating Weight
6980 lb

Service Refill Capacities

Chain box, each side
2.3 gal
Cooling System
3.7 gal
Engine Crankcase
3.0 gal
Fuel Tank
27.7 gal
Hydraulic System
13.2 gal
Hydraulic Tank
10.3 gal


Fuel Type
Cat C3.3B DIT (turbo)
Net Flywheel Power
73.2 hp
Gross Power
195 hp
Gross Power SAE J1995
74.3 hp
Net Power EEC ISO 9249
73.9 hp
Net Power SAE 1349
73.2 hp
203 in3
4.7 in
3.7 in


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

Operating Specifications

Rated Operating Capacity w/Optional Counterweight
2350 lb
Tipping Load
4300 lb
Breakout Force, Tilt Cylinder
5034 lb

Hydraulic System

Loader Hydraulic Pressure
3335 psi
Loader Hydraulic Flow
20 gal/min
Hydraulic Power (calculated)
39 hp
Loader Hydraulic Pressure
3335 psi
Loader Hydraulic Flow
30 gal/min
Hydraulic Power (calculated)
58 hp
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, optional 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 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. Speed Sensitive Ride Control option 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 Skid Steer 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.