Called "multi terrain loaders" in the Caterpillar product community, the compact-track-loader family reaches new levels in machine control with the three-model C-Series, under development for four years. Electro-hydraulic joystick control of the hydrostatic drive system combines with electronic torque management for smooth operation and greater productivity, supported by increased horsepower, drawbar pull, lift and breakout forces. Redesigned from the ground up, Cat C-Series multi terrain loaders feature a single-piece frame and a new operator's station design, including an optional sealed and pressurized cab. With a rated operating capacity of 4,233 pounds, the top-of-the-line 297C is the largest multi terrain loader ever produced by Caterpillar. Estimated base list price: $57,500–$67,700.