January 2011 Vol. 238 No. 1


New Caterpillar Welding Tractor Launched In Europe

A custom-built welding tractor — the latest pipeline offering from Caterpillar — was unveiled late last year at the company’s Grenoble Echirolles plant in France. The company said the new 953D Welding Tractor is targeted for pipeline contractors who are looking for a reliable, durable machine to support welding operations. A product announcement about the machine was made in late December by Pipeline Machinery-Cat (PLM-Cat), Caterpillar’s worldwide pipeline machinery dealership. The base vehicle is a 953D Track Loader with what the company describes as some key modifications to the front and rear allowing for installation of the welding equipment require

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