Caterpillar’s New Compact Track Loaders Deliver Industry Leading Lift and Tilt Breakout Forces, Significantly Increase Torque

Introducing the all-new Next Generation Cat 255 and 265 Compact Track Loaders, built from customer-driven designs to provide more performance than ever before.

March 11, 2024

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Building on its D3 series compact track loader success, the new, next generation Cat 255 and 265 Compact Track Loaders are a ground-up redesign of the previous series, improving on the features that made those models so popular.

The first next generation models in the compact track loader line, the 255 and 265 elevate Caterpillar’s loader reputation through improved engine performance, lift and tilt performance, stability, operator comfort and technology.  

New performance standard
The 255 and 265 loaders are powered by Cat C2.8T and Cat C2.8TA engines, respectively, which offer 74.3 hp (55.4 kW). The new engines maintain horsepower across a wider RPM range and boast significant torque increases—gains of 13% for the 255 and 43% for the 265—for improved working performance.

The 255 loader delivers class-leading lift height, and compared to the 259D3, has 36% more tilt breakout, 26% higher lift breakout force and a 24% increase in rated operating capacity (ROC).

Height to the B-pin for the 265, compared to the 289D3, is increased by 7.6 inches, resulting in a class-leading maximum lift height of 11 feet for easier truck loading. The 265 also delivers 19% higher tilt breakout force and 22% higher lift breakout force. Standard hydraulic system pressure is increased to 3,500 psi (24130 kPa).

Improved operator’s office
The 255 and 265 loaders feature a larger cab design with 22% more overall volume and 26% additional foot space. With a 2.75 inch increased interior width, the new cab expands footwell-to-ceiling height by 1.8 inches and allows for an additional 1.5 inches of hip room and 1.1 inches more width between the joysticks for improved operator comfort.

The next generation loaders are equipped with either a 5-inch standard LCD monitor or an 8-inch advanced touchscreen monitor, depending on the technology package selected. Like the D3 series’ advanced display, the standard monitor features Bluetooth connectivity and supports functionality for rearview camera feed, creep, job clock, maintenance reminders and 32 languages.

Featuring a low entry point, entering and exiting the 255 and 265 loaders is much easier. The redesign allows the operator to open the cab door without the lift arms being fully lowered to the frame stops. Visibility is improved via the lower engine mounting, a 59% larger rear window and bigger top window that provides a 15% increase in viewable area.  

Advanced technologies
These new compact track loaders also deliver the next level of integrating machines with technology. Both the standard and advanced monitors offer the ability to run Cat Smart Attachments, such as the dozer and grader blades and backhoe. These attachments are tied into the joysticks, and the machine automatically recognizes the type of attachment and the required joystick pattern for controlling it.

The available Cat Product Link Elite system tracks machine hours, location, asset utilization, provides fault code details and delivers advanced monitoring and machine health, that is remotely accessible via VisionLink. In addition, Product Link Elite provides remote flash and troubleshooting capabilities and quickly enables the remote activation of the SEA High Flow feature.

For more information about the next generation Cat 255 and 265 Compact Track Loaders, contact a Cat dealer or visit

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