Caterpillar 259d

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The CATERPILLAR 259D Compact Track Loader: A Comprehensive Overview

The CATERPILLAR 259D Compact Track Loader, with its vertical lift design, is one of the most popular models of its kind on the market today. It is a versatile machine and delivers extended reach and lift height for quick and easy truck loading. The CATERPILLAR 259D is capable of a wide range of applications and tasks, and is an excellent choice for any job site. The CATERPILLAR 259D has a suspended undercarriage system that allows for superior traction, floatation, stability, and speed. It features a turbo diesel engine and many advanced features. So this track loader is a perfect choice for anyone seeking power, efficiency, and reliability.

And, given its rated operating capacity of up to 2,900 lbs (at 50% tipping load) and its maximum lift of over 8 feet, the CATERPILLAR 259D makes even the toughest of jobs a breeze. In fact, with rollover protective structures, a High Flow hydraulic system, and a departure angle of 35 degrees, this machine is designed to withstand the toughest conditions.

In this article, we provide a comprehensive overview of the CAT 259D specs, including its price, maintenance costs, fuel costs, and more.


Model Price$43,825
Daily rental price$340
Half day rental price$170
Weekly rental price$1,160
Operating weight (pounds)8847
Maintenance cost per hour$4
Monthly maintenance cost$394
Fuel cost per month$0
Hourly fuel consumption (gallons)0
Monthly financing payments (new)$0
Monthly financing payments (used)$0

General Overview

The CAT 259D is a powerful and efficient machine that is designed to tackle a wide range of tasks. It features a 74-horsepower engine, a maximum operating weight of 8,847 lbs, and a lift capacity of up to 6,000 lbs. The 259D also has an impressive travel speed of up to 6.7 mph, allowing it to quickly move from one job site to another. The 259D is equipped with a variety of attachments, including buckets, pallet forks, and augers, allowing it to take on a variety of jobs.

Key Features

  • Industry-leading sealed and pressurized cab option provides a cleaner and quieter operating environment with excellent work tool visibility.

  • Available high-back, heated, air-ride seat with seat-mounted adjustable joystick controls makes the D Series the industry leader in operator comfort.

  • High-performance power train provides maximum performance and production capability through the Electronic Torque Management system, standard two-speed travel, and an electronic hand/foot throttle with diesel pedal capability.

  • A flow hydraulic system is available for applications that demand maximum hydraulic work tool performance.

  • Electronically controlled CAT C3.3B engine provides high horsepower and torque while meeting U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final (EU Stage IIIB) emission standards.

  • CAT “Intelligent Leveling” system (ILEV) provides industry-leading technology, integration, and optional features such as dual direction self-level, work tool return to dig, and work tool positioner.

  • Standard fully independent torsion axle suspension combined with the optional Speed Sensitive Ride Control system improves operation on rough terrain, enabling better load retention, increased productivity, and greater operator comfort.

  • Maximize machine capability and control with optional Advanced Display providing on-screen adjustments for implementing response, host response, and creep control.

  • Also features multi-language functionality with customizable layouts, a security system, and a rearview camera.

  • Ground-level access to all daily service and routine maintenance points helps reduce machine downtime for greater productivity.

  • The broad range of performance-matched CAT Work Tools make the CAT Compact Track Loader the most versatile machine on the job site.

CAT 259d Specs


Engine Model: CAT C3.3B DIT (turbo)
Gross Power SAE J1995: 55.4 kw74.3 hp
Net Power SAE 1349: 54.6 kW 73.2 hp
Net Power ISO 9249: 55.1 kW 73.9 hp
Peak Torque at 1,500 rpm SAE J1995 265 N·m 195 lbf-ft
Displacement: 3.3 L 203 in
Stroke: 120 mm 4.7 in
Bore: 94 mm 3.7 in

Hydraulic System: At a Glance

One of the key features that sets the CATERPILLAR 259D apart is its hydraulic flow system, which is designed to provide maximum power and control for a wide range of tasks.

Hydraulic System Specs

Hydraulic Flow - High Flow - Loader Hydraulic Pressure: 3335 psi
Hydraulic Flow - High Flow - Hydraulic Power: 58 HP
Hydraulic Flow - Standard - Loader Hydraulic Pressure: 3335 psi
Hydraulic Flow - Standard - Loader Hydraulic Flow: 20 gal/min
Hydraulic Flow - Standard - Hydraulic Power (Calculated): 39 HP
Hydraulic Flow - High Flow - Loader Hydraulic Flow: 30 gal/min


Operating Weight: (320 mm/12.6 in tracks) 4013 kg 8,846 lb
Operating Weight: (400 mm/15.7 in tracks) 4057 kg 8,945 lb

*Operating Weight, Operating Specifications, and Dimensions all based on 75 kg (165 lb) operator, all fluids, two speed, OROPS, 1676 mm (66 in) dirt bucket, 320 mm (12.6 in) tracks, dual flange front idler/single flange rear idler, standard flow hydraulics, mechanical suspension seat, no optional counterweights and manual quick coupler (unless otherwise noted).

Power Train

Travel Speed (Forward or Reverse)
One Speed: 9.5 km/h 5.9 mph
Two Speed: 13.7 km/h 8.5 mph

Operating Specifications

Rated Operating Capacities:
35% Tipping Load 921 kg 2,030 lb
50% Tipping Load 1315 kg 2,900 lb
Rated Operating Capacity
with Optional Counterweight 1406 kg 3,100 lb
Tipping Load 2631 kg 5,800 lb
Breakout Force, Tilt Cylinder 2284 kg 5,035 lb
Ground Contact Area (320 mm/12.6 in track) 0.96 m 1,483 in
Ground Contact Area (400 mm/15.7 in track) 1.19 m 1,848 in
Ground Pressure (320 mm/12.6 in track) 41.1 kPa 6.0 psi
Ground Pressure (400 mm/15.7 in track) 33.4 kPa 4.8 psi


Length of Track on Ground: 59.00 in
Overall Length: - Track 78.70 in
Length with Bucket on Ground: 137.30 in
Length without Bucket: 108.90 in
Height to Top of Cab: 83.10 in
Vehicle Width (320 mm/12.6 in tracks): 66.00 in
Maximum Overall Height: 154.10 in
Bucket Pin Height at Maximum Lift: 121.00 in
Bucket Pin Height at Carry Position: 7.80 in
Reach at Maximum Lift and Dump: 23.90 in
Clearance at Maximum Lift and Dump: 89.90 in
Ground Clearance: 8.90 in
Departure Angle 35°
Vehicle Width: (400 mm/15.7 in tracks) 69.00 in 52°
Turning Radius from Center – Machine Rear 61.50 in
Turning Radius from Center – Coupler: 54.80 in
Turning Radius from Center – Bucket: 86.00 in
Maximum Reach with Arms Parallel to Ground 51.40 in
Rack Back Angle at Maximum Height: 87°
Bucket Pin Reach at Maximum Lift: 9.40 in

Mandatory Equipment

  • Hydraulics, Standard or High Flow

  • Quick Coupler, Mechanical or Electric

  • Seat Belt, 50 mm (2 in) or 75 mm (3 in)

  • EU Preparation Package

  • Steel Imbed Rubber Track – 320 mm (12.6 in) or 400 mm (15.7 in)

  • Dual Flange Front Idler/Single Flange Rear Idler or Triple Flange Front/Rear Idlers

Operator Environment

  • Gauges: Fuel Level, Hour Meter

  • Operator Warning System Indicators: Air Filter Restriction, Alternator Output, Armrest Raised/Operator Out of Seat, Engine Coolant Temperature, Engine Oil Pressure, Glow Plug Activation, Hydraulic Filter Restriction, Hydraulic Oil Temperature, Park Brake Engaged, Engine Emission System

  • Adjustable Vinyl Seat

  • Fold In Ergonomic Contoured Armrest

  • Control Interlock System, when the operator leaves the seat or armrest raised: Hydraulic System Disables, Hydrostatic Transmission Disables, Parking Brake Engages

  • ROPS Cab, Open, Tilt Up

  • FOPS, Level I

  • Top and Rear Windows

  • Floor Mat

  • Interior Rearview Mirror

  • 12-volt Electric Socket

  • Horn Hand (Dial) Throttle, Electronic

  • Adjustable Joystick Controls Anti-theft Security System with 6-button Keypad

  • Storage Compartment with Netting

Air Conditioning System (If Equipped)

The air conditioning system on this machine contains the fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant R134a (Global Warming Potential = 1430). The system contains 0.81 kg of refrigerant which has a CO2 equivalent of 1.158 metric tonnes.

Common Uses

The CATERPILLAR 259D Compact Track Loader is commonly used in a variety of industries and applications, including construction, landscaping, and agriculture. It is often used for digging, loading, and transporting materials, as well as for clearing and grading land. The 259D is also used for snow removal and other tasks that require a powerful and efficient machine.

The 259D is designed for comfort and convenience. With a mechanical suspension seat and cab doors that can be easily opened, you'll be able to operate this machine comfortably for extended periods. And with a manual quick coupler, you can easily switch out attachments for even greater versatility.


The 259D has a base price of $43,825. It can also be rented for a day at $340, for a half day at $170, and a week at $1,160.

Maintenance Costs

The estimated monthly maintenance costs for the CATERPILLAR 259D Compact Track Loader are approximately $200.

Fuel Costs

The estimated fuel cost per month is approximately $1,000, and the estimated hourly fuel cost is approximately $2.50.

Similar Models

The CAT 259D is just one of many models of its kind. Other similar models include the CATERPILLAR 262D Compact Track Loader, the CATERPILLAR 279D Compact Track Loader, CATERPILLAR 259D3 Compact Track Loader, CATERPILLAR 249D Compact Track Loader, CATERPILLAR 239D Compact Track Loader, and the CATERPILLAR 299D Compact Track Loader.


The CAT 259D is a powerful and efficient machine that is designed to tackle a wide range of tasks. It is a top-of-the-line compact track loader with a wide range of advanced features and impressive specs. Whether you're in construction, landscaping, farming, or any other industry that requires heavy machinery, this machine is sure to exceed your expectations

It has a base price of $43,825, a maximum operating weight of 8,847 lbs, and estimated monthly maintenance and fuel costs of approximately $200 and $1,000, respectively. It can also be rented for a day, a half day, or a week for $340, $170, and $1,160, respectively. Similar models include the CATERPILLAR 262D, 279D, and 299D Compact Track Loaders.

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