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PL72 Pipelayer

Cat Pipelayers have been the standard of the pipeline industry for decades. A worldwide network of Cat dealers, in tune with the special high production needs of pipeliners, supports these durable and dependable machines. Cat Pipelayers are purpose-built to meet the unique demands of pipeline customers. And like every Cat machine, Pipelayers are designed for long life, serviceability and rebuild capability to help keep owning and operating costs low. The PL72 answers customer needs for increased lift capacity, enhanced slope capability, ease of operation, performance and transportability.

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Product Specs


Engine Model Cat C9.3
Flywheel Power 212 HP
Net Power - Rated - ISO 9249/SAE J1349 212 HP
Net Power - Rated - ISO 9249/SAE J1349 (DIN) 215 mhp
Emissions U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage V or U.S. EPA Tier 3/EU Stage IIIA equivalent
Fuel Tank 109.6 gal (US)
DEF Tank(1) 4.5 gal (US)
Note (1) 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 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


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

Dimensions (Approximate)

Width - Tractor - Standard Shoes 10 ft
Width - Tractor - Counterweight Extended 17.65 ft
Width - Tractor - Counterweight Retracted 12.04 ft
Width - Tractor - Counterweight/Boom Removed 11.88 ft
Track Gauge 7.51 ft
Length - Track on Ground 12.17 ft
Machine Height - Top of Counterweight 8.53 ft
Height - Machine - Cab and ROPS 11.25 ft
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

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.