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538/538 LL Forest Machine

Performance in forestry work is delivered by the Cat® 538 Forest Machine. Offering increased swing torque, a powerful yet fuel efficient engine and high-performance hydraulics, the 538 excels at the needs of your forestry processing needs. Available models optimize the machines for general forestry work, or for log loading.

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SPECIFICATION SUMMARY
  • Engine Model Cat C7.1 ACERT
  • Net Flywheel Power 164 hp
  • Gross Power at 1,800 rpm 164 hp
  • Cooling System 7.9 gal

PRICE (USD)
Call 800-637-5000 for rate information

Engine

  • Engine Model
    Cat C7.1 ACERT
  • Net Flywheel Power
    164 hp
  • Gross Power at 1,800 rpm
    164 hp
  • Displacement
    427.8 in3
  • Number of Cylinders
    6
  • Engine Speed - Travel - Maximum Load
    1800 HP
  • Engine Speed - Operation
    1500 r/min
  • Engine Speed - Travel
    1500 r/min
  • Engine Model
    Cat C7.1
  • Net Flywheel Power
    164 HP
  • Displacement
    427.8 in³
  • Gross Power - 1,800 rpm
    164 HP
  • Number of Cylinders
    6
  • Engine Power - ISO 14396
    166 HP
  • Bore
    4.1 in
  • Emissions
    Tier 4 Final / EU Stage IV
  • Stroke
    5.3 in

Service Refill Capacities

  • Cooling System
    7.9 gal
  • Engine Crankcase
    6.6 gal
  • Hydraulic Tank
    37.8 gal
  • Final Drive – Each
    2.1 gal
  • Swing Drive
    2.1 gal
  • DEF Tank
    7.4 gal
  • Fuel Tank - CWT
    108.3 gal (US)
  • Hydraulic System - Total
    42 gal (US)
  • Cooling System
    7.9 gal (US)
  • Swing Drive
    2.1 gal (US)
  • Hydraulic Tank
    37.8 gal (US)
  • DEF Tank
    7.4 gal (US)
  • Engine Crankcase
    6.6 gal (US)
  • Final Drive - Each
    2.1 gal (US)
  • Fuel Tank
    108.3 gal (US)
  • Engine Oil
    6.6 gal (US)
  • Hydraulic System - Including Tank
    42 gal (US)

Weights

  • General Forestry (HW)
    66639 lb
  • Estimated Operating Weight without Attachment - 538 (General Forestry, Reach)
    66639 lb
  • Estimated Operating Weight without Attachment - 538 LL (Log Loader, U/U)
    69573 lb
  • Estimated Operating Weight without Attachment - 538 LL (Log Loader, O/U)
    69401 lb
  • General Forestry - HW
    66639 lb
  • Note (1)
    Heel only, no grapple installed, 770 mm (28") track shoes
  • Note (2)
    Heel only, no grapple installed, 770 mm (28") track shoes

Service Refill Capacity

  • Fuel Tank – Total
    108.3 gal

Operating Specifications

  • Maximum Drawbar Pull
    61148 lb
  • Maximum Speed - Rabbit
    2.7 mile/h
  • Maximum Speed - Turtle
    1.6 mile/h
  • Swing Torque - 538 (GF)
    54000 lb/ft
  • Swing Torque - 538 LL
    54000 lb/ft
  • Maximum Swing Speed - 538 (GF)
    11 r/min
  • Maximum Swing Speed - 538 LL
    11 r/min
  • Maximum Drawbar Pull
    61148 lb

Undercarriage

  • Ground Clearance
    26.0 in
  • Track Gauge
    109.8 in
  • Track Length
    180.2 in
  • Undercarriage Pitch
    8 in
  • Ground Clearance
    26 in
  • Track Gauge
    109.8 in
  • Track Length
    180.2 in

Hydraulic System

  • Main Pumps - Maximum Flow - Per Pump
    56 gal/min
  • Main Pumps - Maximum Flow - Both Pumps
    112 gal/min
  • Maximum System Pressure - Implements
    5076 psi
  • Maximum System Pressure - Travel
    5076 psi
  • Maximum System Pressure - Swing
    4496 psi
  • Maximum System Pressure - Heavy Lift Mode
    5511 psi
  • Auxiliary Pump - U/U and O/U (538 LL) - Maximum Flow
    12 gal/min
  • Auxiliary Pump - U/U and O/U (538 LL) - Maximum Pressure
    1499 psi
  • Auxiliary Pump - Grapple Rotate (538) / Power Clam (538 LL) - Pump Drive Gear Ratio
    1.28:1
  • Auxiliary Pump - Grapple Rotate (538) / Power Clam (538 LL) - Maximum Flow
    32 gal/min
  • Auxiliary Pump - Grapple Rotate (538) / Power Clam (538 LL) - Maximum Pressure
    1499 psi
  • Main System - Maximum Flow at Operation
    2 pumps X 212 L/min (56 gpm) each = 424 L/min (112 gpm) Total
  • Maximum Pressure - Equipment
    5076 psi
  • Maximum Pressure - Travel
    5076 psi
  • Maximum Pressure - Swing
    4496 psi

Dimensions - General Forestry - 538 - Boom Stretched Out

  • Height of Tilted Side Entry Cab
    127 in
  • Boom Height
    145.6 in
  • Overall Height
    153.6 in
  • Overall Length (Processor)
    480 in
  • Tail Swing Radius
    109.8 in
  • Distance Between Idler and Sprocket Centerline
    146.7 in
  • Track Length
    180.2 in
  • Ground Clearance
    26 in
  • Track Gauge
    109.8 in
  • Width - With 700 mm (28 in) Shoes
    137.4 in

Dimensions - Log Loader - 538 LL - Boom Stretched Out

  • Height of Tilted Side Entry Cab
    123.7 in
  • Boom Height
    91.5 in
  • Overall Height
    180.2 in
  • Overall Length (U/U)
    530.9 in
  • Tail Swing Radius
    109.8 in
  • Distance Between Idler and Sprocket Centerline
    146.7 in
  • Track Length
    180.2 in
  • Ground Clearance
    26 in
  • Track Gauge
    109.8 in
  • Width - With 700 mm (28 in) Shoes
    137.4 in

Working Ranges and Forces: General Forestry - Road Builder

  • Stick
    2.92 m (9 ft 7") Reach

Dimensions

  • Track Gauge
    109.8 in
  • Tail Swing Radius
    109.8 in
  • Note (2)
    Dimensionss measured with Goose Neck Front, .48 m (18 in) cab riser
  • Transport Width
    137.4 in
  • Note (1)
    Dimensions measured with Under/Under Heel, 1.2 m (48 in) cab riser
  • Ground Clearance
    26 in
  • Track Length
    180.2 in

Swing Mechanism

  • Swing Torque - Log Loader
    54000 ft·lbf
  • Swing Speed - Log Loaders
    11 r/min
  • Swing Torque - General Forestry
    5400 ft·lbf
  • Swing Speed - General Forestry
    11 r/min

Track

  • Number of Carrier Rollers - Each Side
    2
  • Number of Track Rollers - Each Side
    8

BUILT TO PERFORM

  • Engine, hydraulics, and work tool integration are optimized to minimize power losses and increase overall machine efficiency
  • Steady state high idle speed and U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final technology reduces fuel consumption
  • Larger hydraulic pump allows engine to operate at lower rpm with increased performance to maximize efficiency
  • Component layout and back-to-back main hydraulic control valve reduces oil flow restrictions and aids in greater fuel economy
  • Machine designed for integration and optimization with SATCO® work tools and Cat® grapples
  • Powerful, multi-functioning hydraulics, combined with strong machine performance ensure work tools function quickly and fluidly to complete work faster

EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTIVITY

  • Cat C7.1 engine with increased horsepower maintains maximum performance under load
  • Strong hydraulic horsepower for efficient implement performance and greater productivity
  • An increase in swing torque of 18 percent, provides added power to move trees, which enables more efficiency and productivity
  • Heavy lift mode features increased lift capacity to handle larger payloads with improved control

BUILT FOR MORE STABILITY

  • Wider undercarriage, by 203 mm (8 in), improves stability for increased lift and swing capabilities
  • Heavy duty counterweight as standard equipment ensures machine platform is stable in varied applications

EXPAND YOUR CAPABILITIES

  • Boom arrangements and hydraulic systems for specific applications enable more effective road building, loading, processing, shoveling, or millyard stacking
  • New track options meet shovel logging and low ground pressure application requirements
  • Ground saw hydraulics are available for log loader applications
  • Purpose built processor cab that includes 19 mm (0.75 in) front windows

LONG TERM VALUE AND DURABILITY

  • Variable pitch, reversing cooling fan maintains optimum fluid temperatures in heavy duty forestry applications
  • Cooling capability increased 12 percent for trouble-free operation
  • High-wide carbody features double-supported carrier rollers, reinforced idler mounts, heavy-duty top hat, extra gussets, and thick doubler plates for structural integrity in severe applications
  • Larger 203 mm (8 in) pitch Positive Pin Retention 2 links (329 HEX) provide greater life in variable forestry working conditions
  • Purpose-built upper frames provide increased life with box section members, thick doubler plates, reinforced swing drive mounts, rugged door components, and 5 mm (0.2 in) sheet metal
  • Linkage configurations incorporate internal baffle plates, large box sections, and thicker plating to increase service life
  • Validated and proven excavator technologies ensure overall machine reliability

SAVE ON MAINTENANCE TIME

  • One-piece engine hood design, with two opening angles, allows easy access to engine and cooling compartments
  • Side-by-side engine and hydraulic coolers provide easy access for cleaning, while reduced cooling fins per inch allows better debris flow-through to reduce clogging potential
  • 0.28 m3 (10 ft3) of storage space at ground level, gives ready access to tools, equipment, and supplies that operators use daily

DESIGNED FOR OPERATORS

  • Fully adjustable, air ride cab seat that includes heating and cooling capability for comfort and reduced operator fatigue.
  • LED lights increase visibility.
  • Cat Product Link™ allows for remote location of a machine and enables tracking of fuel consumption and other events.