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PL72 Pipelayer

PL72 Pipelayer

Purpose-Built for Top Performance and Reliability

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More Comfort ‚Äď More Performance ‚Äď More Versatility

  • Pipe Line Performance

    Purpose-built from the factory to stand up to tough pipe line work, all supported by experienced Cat pipeline dealers.

  • Slope Capable

    Low center of gravity, excellent machine balance and differential steering all help with maneuverability in tight areas and slope capability.

  • Easy to Operate

    Low effort, ergonomic controls put all pipelayer implement controls and functionality in one hand. Common cab features across pipelayer models contribute to ease of use.


DEF Tank(1) 4.5 gal (US)
Emissions U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage V/Korea Tier 4 Final or UN ECE R96 Stage IIIA equivalent to U.S. EPA Tier 3/EU Stage IIIA
Engine Model Cat C9.3
Flywheel Power 211 HP
Fuel Tank 109.6 gal (US)
Net Power - Rated - ISO 9249/SAE J1349 211 HP
Net Power - Rated - ISO 9249/SAE J1349 (DIN) 214 mhp
Note (1) Rated speed 2,000 rpm. Net power advertised is the power available at the flywheel when the engine is equipped with fan, air cleaner, muffler, and alternator. Net power is tested per ISO 9249:2007 and SAE J1349:2011.
Note (2) All non-road Tier 4 Interim and Final, Stage IIIB, Stage IV, Stage V, Japan 2014 and Korea Tier 4 Final diesel engines are required to use only ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuels containing 15 ppm (mg/kg) sulfur or less. Biodiesel blends up to B20 (20% blend by volume) are acceptable when blended with 15 ppm (mg/kg) sulfur or less ULSD. B20 should meet ASTM D7467 specification (biodiesel blend stock should meet Cat biodiesel spec, ASTM D6751 or EN 14214). Cat DEO-ULS‚ĄĘ or oils that meet the Cat ECF-3, API CJ-4, and ACEA E9 specification are required. Consult your OMM for further machine specific fuel recommendations.
Note (3) Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) used in Cat Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems must meet the requirements outlined in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard 22241.


Lift Capacity 90000 lb
Operating Weight 68945 lb
Shipping Weight 59846 lb


6.1 m (20 ft) Boom 2004 lb
7.3 m (24 ft) Boom 2562 lb


Ground Contact Area (ISO 16754) 8406 in²
Ground Pressure (ISO 16754) 8.2 psi
Shoe Width 30 in
Track Gauge 90 in
Track on Ground 10.7 ft

Dimensions (Approximate)

Boom Height (at SAE 1.22 m [4 ft] Overhang) 6.1 m (20 ft) Boom 22.24 ft
Boom Height (at SAE 1.22 m [4 ft] Overhang) 7.3 m (24 ft) Boom 26.28 ft
Height - Machine - Cab and ROPS 11.25 ft
Length - Track on Ground 12.17 ft
Machine Height - Top of Counterweight 8.53 ft
Track Gauge 7.51 ft
Width - Tractor - Counterweight Extended 17.65 ft
Width - Tractor - Counterweight Retracted 12.04 ft
Width - Tractor - Counterweight/Boom Removed 11.88 ft
Width - Tractor - Standard Shoes 10 ft

Air Conditioning System

Air Conditioning The air conditioning system on this machine contains the fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant R134a (Global Warming Potential = 1430). The system contains 2.5 kg of refrigerant which has a CO2 equivalent of 3.575 metric tonnes.

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