Crawler Tractors & Pipelayers (Sidebooms): Equipment Spotlight

January 2014, Vol. 69 No. 1
Pipeline Machinery's PL61 Pipelayer

The PL83 has a rated lifting capacity of 160,000 pounds, a Cat C15 ACERT engine, with a net horsepower rating of 310. It retains the field-proven Cat drive train, including a rugged 3F/3R powershift transmission, high-efficiency torque divider, elevated final drives and the exclusive Cat differential steering system. Boom choice for the PL83 includes 24-foot and 28-foot versions, each fabricated with high-tensile-strength steel for durability to handle added payload. A new block-set design enhances sightlines to the pipe, and a new bolt-on block horn on the frame of the tractor's radiator guard secures the block for transport.