Caterpillar announced that it will offer a family of articulated truck bare chassis to support specialty machines not included in the portfolio of Cat products. Sales of the bare chassis without the dump bed will be targeted toward Caterpillar dealers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that specialize in such applications as water trucks, high-capacity waste, and lube and fuel trucks.
Cat Articulated Dump Trucks will continue to be sold through Caterpillar dealers worldwide, according to the company. Caterpillar says its OEM Solutions Group will assume commercial responsibility for articulated truck bare chassis sold as custom machine solutions; this includes standard and long rear frame length configurations. Working with Caterpillar dealers, OEMs and end users, OEM Solutions Group says it can assist with application and integration issues, helping determine the best solutions for mounting a variety of tools and attachments.
The articulated truck bare chassis product will be available for Cat dealer and OEM orders during the second quarter 2009. Caterpiller says a variety of its parts also are available to make customizing the bare chassis easier, such as hoist cylinders and pivot pins.