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What are some features of Caterpillar skidders?

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Some features of Caterpillar skidders include auto-grab hydraulics for grappling loads securely, the ability to grapple or winch, and torque converters designed to transmit more power from the engine to the track or wheels. Caterpillar offers a variety of skidder models, some with very advanced features, such as pressurized interiors.

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Caterpillar manufactures track skidders with tank-like treads and wheel skidders with heavy-duty tires.

The company's track skidder model 527 runs on turbocharged diesel and features a choice of tracks. This model's track frame is designed to reduce pressure to the ground. This lessens damage to the environment. The widest track option reduces pressure even further, making it suitable for soft or muddy conditions. The 555D wheel skidder also runs on diesel and includes engine features designed to reduce soot and nitrogen oxide emissions. The machine's cab is sealed and pressurized, and offers a full 360 degrees of visibility.

Both machines come with hydraulic grapples, but can also be fitted with winches.

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