Heavy Duty Trucking

DEC 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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36 HDT • DECEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com test drive test drive aluminum grille bezel and bumper trim on the 660. That simplicity is preferred by fleet operators of dump- ers and concrete mixers, who will be the CT681's main customers, accord- ing to Cat officials. A third target is heavy snow-plow service with highway departments – appropriate for what's shaping up to be another wicked winter. Hang a big plow on the front end and you can't see any bling behind it anyway. "True" front frame extensions, not bolt-ons, are available to carry pumps and other gear for various types of service. The 681's plain, unpretentious looks means less to keep shined and implies a promise of husky perfor- mance. The dumper I drove certainly ran strongly on a gravelly off-road course at Cat's demonstration center west of corporate headquarters in Peoria, Ill., and on nearby highways. Along to answer questions was Brad Zingre, a Cat industrial sales represen- tative who works out of Indianapolis. I paid special attention to maneuver- ability (pretty good), powertrain performance (excellent) and overall comfort (very nice). The steer axle's center sits 28 inches C aterpillar is taking it slow with its Cat Truck program. In 2011 it launched the vocation- al-only series with the CT660 truck and tractor with a setback steer axle only. This covered the majority of applications, Cat said at the time, even though it didn't meet the weight- distribution needs of others. Three years later, the company has filled that requirement with the CT681, a truck-only model with a forward-set steer axle and simpler front-end styling. The 681's "industrial" styling contrasts with the wide, brushed- Business-like in appearance and set up for bridge-formula states, the latest Cat Truck will suit dump, mixer and snowplow applications. Caterpillar's New CT681 Tom Berg Senior Editor Tom Berg • Senior Editor The set-forward steer axle and plain front end mark the latest Cat Truck. The headlamps are halogen sealed beams and the bumper is flat to minimize overall length. This one's painted Cat Bulldozer Yellow, but other hues are available.

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