June 2011 Vol. 238 No. 6

TechNotes

New Caterpillar Welding Tractor Launched In Europe

A custom-built welding tractor – the latest pipeline offering from Caterpillar – was unveiled at the company’s Grenoble Echirolles plant in France. 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 by Pipeline Machinery-Cat (PLM-Cat), Caterpillar’s worldwide pipeline machinery dealership. The base vehicle is a 953D Track Loader with some key modifications to the front and rear, allowing for installation of the welding equipment required for both manual and automatic pipeline welding. It is equipped with a world

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