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New Cat® Track Harvester Cab Offers Visibility and Comfort

New Cat® Track Harvester Cab Offers Visibility and Comfort

By Staff
Date Posted: 2/1/2011

            The Cat® 501/501HD track harvesters have new cabs with significant improvements to the ergonomics and other features that customers have asked for, including better airflow, a more comfortable seat and improved night visibility.

            The new air suspension seat absorbs shocks and provides added comfort during extended shifts. The seat has a reinforced structure specifically designed for track machines to absorb the added shock loads. Lumbar support and neck rests are adjustable. Armrests and joysticks are also adjustable in all directions and angles.

            The AC/heater system’s capacity has been increased for more effective cooling and heating. “Set it and forget it” automatic control maintains a consistent cab temperature. Airflow is channeled through louvered vents to all areas of the cabin including the windows for defrosting/defogging. In summer, cool air circulates around the operator, and in the winter the heat extends to the floor to keep the operator’s feet warm. The seat and back support are also heated for additional warmth on cold winter days.

            The molded cab components provide updated styling and appeal. Consoles on both sides of the operator have storage areas, open trays and a cup holder to control cab clutter. Each console has a 12-volt power source for flexibility in mounting additional electronic/electrical equipment. The molded head liner has built in stereo speakers, lighting and air flow vents.

            The new style foot pedals that control carrier movement are positioned at a more comfortable angle. The third pedal for telescopic boom or fixed head side tilt has been replaced with a slider switch on the joystick, allowing the operator to move the carrier while operating other functions.

            Instead of twist handles, the door opens via a handle and thumb control, which is easier to operate and structurally superior.

            Three additional double bulb light assemblies have been added to the top of the door for increased light visibility. A guard around the upper door lights protects them from damage. In addition, several new options will be available including pull-down window shades on all windows and a HID lighting package for better vision during night operations.

            Although the reverse slope front window sheds rain and debris, the new windshield wiper/washer provides increased visibility during inclement weather.

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