538/538 LL Forest Machine

538/538 LL Forest Machine

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Move more timber and make more money with superior performance and unmatched operator comfort.

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Engine

Engine Model
Cat C7.1
Net Power - ISO 9249
172HP
Engine Power - ISO 14396
174HP
Bore
4.1in
Stroke
5.3in
Displacement
428r/min

Drive

Maximum Travel Speed
3mile/h
Maximum Drawbar Pull
55303lbf

Hydraulic System

Main System - Maximum Flow
124gal/min
Maximum Pressure - Equipment
5076psi
Maximum Pressure - Equipment - Lift Mode
5511psi
Maximum Pressure - Travel
5076psi
Maximum Pressure - Swing
4351psi

Swing Mechanism

Swing Speed
11r/min
Maximum Swing Torque
98kN·m

Weights

Operating Weight: Processor
65268lb
Operating Weight: Log Loader - Over/Under
69357lb

Service Refill Capacities

Fuel Tank
262gal (US)
Cooling System
5gal (US)
Engine Oil
7gal (US)
Swing Drive
3gal (US)
Final Drive - Each
1gal (US)
Hydraulic System - Including Tank
69gal (US)
Hydraulic Tank
38gal (US)
DEF Tank
11gal (US)

Working Ranges

Max Reach at Stick Nose at Ground Level - General Forestry Processor
346in
Max Reach at Stick Nose at Ground Level - General Forestry Road Builder
387in
Max Reach at Grapple Mount on Heel at Ground Level - Log Loader Under/Under
425in
Max Reach at Grapple Mount on Heel at Ground Level - Log Loader Over/Under
454in
Max Reach at Grapple Mount on Heel at Ground Level - Log Loader Power Clam
381in

Dimensions

Shipping Height - Fixed Riser
144in
Shipping Height - Tilted Cab
130in
Handrail Height
129in
Length: General Forestry - Boom Stretched Out
389in
Length: Log Loader - Boom Stretched Out
579in
Tail Swing Radius
123in
Counterweight Clearance
51in
Ground Clearance
30in
Track Length
185in
Track Length to Center of Rollers
149in
Track Gauge
110in
Transport Width
137in

Superior Performance

  • Choose between purpose-built forestry configurations to get the best performance for your job.
  • The Cat® C7 engine is fuel efficient and can run on biodiesel up to B20.
  • Smart mode helps reduce fuel consumption by automatically matching engine and hydraulic power to working conditions.
  • Pick and place logs with precision and power with the all-new electrohydraulic control system and on-demand Heavy Lift mode.
  • Move heavy logs more confidently with more than 10 percent greater swing torque*.
  • Get to work faster with a 12 percent increase in travel speed*.
  • Auxiliary hydraulic options let you use Cat grapples and a variety of other attachments.
  • Work in extreme environments with standard high-ambient capability of 48° C (118° F) and cold start capability of -32° C (-25° F).

*All percentages compared to 2020 model year 538.

Unmatched Operator Comfort

  • Get in and out of the cab easier with a wider and taller door and tilt-up console; the Log Loader configuration offers an optional rear-entry cab.
  • Enjoy the all-new Certified Forestry cab’s 25 percent larger space.
  • New dual HVAC system keeps operators comfortable in either cold or warm weather.
  • A wider heated and cooled air-suspension seat makes year-round work more pleasant.
  • All controls are in front of you within easy reach to reduce twisting and turning and keep you focused on the work area.
  • Cab risers — 165 mm (6’1/2”) fixed or 1219 mm (48”) hydraulic tilt — are available to meet your work needs.
  • Special roof lining and window and door sealing reduce noise, making the interior as quiet as today’s top work trucks.
  • Stow your gear with in-cab storage beneath and behind the seat and in the consoles.
  • Use the standard radio’s USB ports and Bluetooth® technology to connect personal devices and make hands-free calls.

Simple Operation

  • Start the engine with a push button; use a Bluetooth key fob, smartphone app, or the unique Operator ID function.
  • The engine’s passive regeneration system functions automatically with no operator input or interruption to work.
  • Navigate easily on the high-resolution touchscreen monitor.
  • Quickly program your attachment functions, joystick response, and engine power mode using Operator ID; it will remember you each time you go to work.
  • The available Cat PL161 Attachment Locator helps you find tools you need up to a range of 60 m(200') — even if it’s hidden beneath overgrowth or debris.
  • Not sure how a function works or how to maintain the machine? Always have the operator’s manual at your fingertips in the touchscreen monitor.

Versatile Configurations

  • General Forestry configuration is available with boom, stick, and hydraulic options so you can equip it for road building, grapple work, or processing.
  • Log Loader configuration is ideal for shovel logging, Butt-n-Top loading, power clam applications, and millyard work.
  • Rugged, reliable, simple-to-service Cat forestry grapples range in size from 1322 mm (52”)to 1524 mm (60”).
  • Special Tri Link shoes are available for lower ground pressure and extra flotation in soft, wet underfoot conditions.

Easy Maintenance

  • Expect up to 15 percent less maintenance cost than previous model. (Savings calculated over 12,000 machine hours.)
  • The diesel particulate filter requires no maintenance.
  • Replace fuel filters at 1,000 hours – twice the interval from the previous filters.
  • Get improved filtration and longer 3,000 service life with the new hydraulic oil return filter – 50 percent longer service than previous filter designs.
  • The high-efficiency cooling fan runs only when needed; program intervals so the fan automatically reverses to keep cores clean without interrupting your work.
  • S·O·SSM ports simplify maintenance and allow for quick, easy extraction of fluid samples for analysis.

Enhanced Safety

  • The cab meets the following standards: ROPS/FOPS/OPS/TOPS, ISO 8082-2:2011, ISO 8083:2006 11,600J,ISO 10262:1998 Level II, ISO 8084:2003,SAE J1356 MAR2013, WCB G603 March 1990, and OR-OSHA 437-007-775(14).
  • Access most routine maintenance points at ground level.
  • New right-hand steps provide easy, safe, and quick access to upper service platform; the steps and service platform use anti-skid punch plate to prevent slipping.
  • Larger 32 mm (11/4” ) polycarbonate front window, smaller cab pillars, and a flat engine hood improve visibility by 50 percent.
  • Standard rearview camera enhances jobsite visibility; sideview cameras are optional.
  • The monitor’s slope and grade indicator helps enhance stability
    and lift.

Standard Equipment:

Optional Equipment:

    Booms And Sticks
    • 5.7 m (18'8") Reach boom - General Forestry
    • 5.9 m (19'6") Straight boom - Log Loader
    • 2.9 m (9'6") Reach thumb-ready stick
    • Goose neck stick
    • Under/under stick
    • Over/under stick
    • Power clam
    Cab
    • Side entry with 165 mm (6.5") fixed riser
    • Side entry with 1219 mm (48") tilting riser
    Electrical System
    • Premium lighting - General Forestry - 6 additional LED lights
    • Premium lighting - Log Loader - 10 additional LED lights
    Engine
    • Cold start package with block heaters and ether assist
    Hydraulic System
    • Medium pressure circuit
    Safety And Security
    • Right-hand sideview camera
    Undercarriage And Structures
    • 900 mm (36") triple grouser Tri Link shoes
    • 800 mm (31") triple grouser shoes
    • 700 mm (28") double grouser shoes
    • 600 mm (24") double and single grouser shoes