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Cat PL87 Pipelayer


The Cat PL87 Pipelayer is designed to meet the toughest demands of pipeline contractors worldwide. The PL87 represents the top end of the large pipelayer size class with a lifting capacity of 214,000 lbs and the capability to meet the pipeline contractor’s requirements for precision control, transportability, operator comfort, visibility and durability.


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The PL87 performance is enhanced by improved hydraulics offering greater response and more precise control. The new heavy duty winch works with an updated hydraulic system for greater machine productivity.

The PL87 features a non-suspended, Cat elevated sprocket undercarriage with lengthened track-roller-frames and repositioned rear idlers that put more track on the ground to enhance machine stability in slope applications.

The operator interface is ergonomically designed for ease of operation. A new control handle puts boom and hook functions in the operator’s right hand. The enclosed cab option aids operator comfort and offers outstanding visibility. New dual brake pedals enhance machine control, especially on slopes and for turning within a tight pipeline right-of-way.

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