Caterpillar now offers hand and foot controls on its skid steer, multiterrain and compact track loader models.
The set of controls includes smart joystick design. Single-axis joysticks were chosen in order to provide the fore/aft movement for operators. In addition, the shorter joystick travel compared to traditional hand levers means operators can fully use the armrest for increased comfort and reduced fatigue.
Controls can be customized to user preference with multiple control modes that allow operators to tailor the drive and response.
The fully sealed and pressurized cab, a differentiating feature of the Cat D Series line, is maintained with the new Hand & Foot Controls. A sturdy center step provides low cab step-in height for easy entry and exit, while traction dimples ensure firm footing. The recessed foot pedals are adjustable to provide a comfortable and ergonomic operating angle.
The controls option will be available for the 226D, 232D, 236D, 242D, 246D and 262D skid steer loaders; for the 257D, 277D and 287D multiterrain loaders; and for the 239D, 249D, 259D, 279D and 289D compact track loaders.