The Cat® PL72 pipelayer (sideboom) is a medium range pipelayer with a Cat C9.3 ACERT™ engine that has a net maximum power of 245 hp (183 kW) and meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV or U.S. EPA Tier 3/EU Stage IIIA equivalent emissions technology, depending on regional requirements. The lift capacity of the PL72 is 90,000 lbs. (40 823 kg), which bridges the gap between the smaller lifting PL61 and the larger lifting PL83 and PL87. Where the smaller inch pipe work is being carried out but the wall thickness adds additional weight, the PL72 provides a safe and efficient solution.
This machine is built on Caterpillar’s legacy of offering customers high value machines that are purpose-built for pipeline work. The PL72 offers improved maneuverability, greater ease of operation, operator comfort, improved transportability, and enhanced safety features. The new powertrain is designed for improved machine maneuverability and steering, enhanced stability, improved machine controls for greater operator comfort and productivity, maintained lift capacity, and improved visibility to help customers get pipe in the ground faster, more efficiently and safely.