Review: 2014 Caterpillar 242D Skid Steer Loader
Caterpillar 242D: The introduction
One of the most popular equipment that you would see in any farm is the skid steer loader. This machine is known for its versatility in accomplishing many tasks (with the right attachments). The skid steer is also great when it comes to maneuvering in tight spaces with its compact size. Today, more and more manufacturing companies have provided the market with a wide variety of options, making our acquisition of the “perfect” machine more difficult than ever before. Well, if you’re searching for a skid steer to help you in your landscaping, earthmoving, or building operations, and not sure which to buy, then stick around for my review of the 2014 Caterpillar 242D skid steer and see whether this one suits what you’re looking for.
Caterpillar 242D: Key features
Caterpillar has equipped this skid steer with a Cat C3.3B DIT (Turbo) engine. This electronically controlled engine can deliver a power that can max at 74.3hp which is quite an impressive number. It is also able to meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and the EU Stage IIIB emission standards. The 242D also incorporates a high performance power train. Together with the Electronic Torque Management System, this allows for an increase in production capability. Finally, this skid steer has a high flow hydraulic system. This system is built for demanding applications that need an optimum hydraulic work tool performance.
Incredibly versatile and easy to maintain
Cat has installed their “Intelligent Leveling” system (ILEV) in the 242D skid steer. This innovation actually provides the industry with leading technology, integration, and even optional features. Dual direction self level, work tool return to dig, and work tool positioner are some of those features that could enhance the performance of your machine. You can also avail the Speed Sensitive Ride control to improve operations on rough terrain. This will allow you to better handle and retain your loads, as well as increase productivity and operator comfort.
This Cat skid steer is also easy to maintain with all the ground level access to all service and maintenance points. This outstanding accessibility feature will certainly decrease downtime to increase productivity and profitability as well.
Since this is a Caterpillar product, you’re sure of its features that include the cab which is sure to enhance the concentration and focus of your operator. The 242D has a sealed and pressurized cab that provides the best operating environment. It promotes a cleaner, quieter, and smoother work for the operator, as well as an excellent visibility. It comes with a high back, heated, air ride seat with adjustable joystick controls that are seat mounted. Now, there’s no question why this D series is considered to be the industry leader in providing operator comfort.
Caterpillar installed operator warning system indicators that include air filter restriction, engine oil pressure, and engine emission system among others. It also has a ROPS and FOPS cab (level I). In addition to that, it incorporates an Anti-theft Security System (with 6-button keypad) and a Control Interlock System. The latter disables the hydraulic system, hydrostatic transmissions, and engages the parking brakes.
Caterpillar integrates innovation with in this equipment with the optional Advanced Display. This feature provides on-screen adjustments for implement response, hystat response, and creep control. It also features a security system that includes a rearview camera. This feature allows you to maximize the machine’s capability, control, and efficiency.
Caterpillar 242D: Price
Used: $62,700 AUD ($68,970 GST Inclusive) – Proquip Rental and Sales
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Caterpillar 242D: The verdict
The Caterpillar 242D is a good skid steer loader to have in your business. It is quite obvious that you would need to avail optional accessories to better this skid steer. But given that it is a durable machine that can work long hours doing any applications (plus it has some impressive standard features), I’d say that this is a good investment for your business. So if you’re looking for one to add to your list of equipment, then make checking out the 2014 242D for yourself be your first priority.