Caterpillar's D5 tractor

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Caterpillar’s D5 is a bit of an unsung hero, straddling the gap between small and medium sized track type tractors in the Company’s product range. Rather than a child of the late 1960s, its heritage goes much further back.

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Caterpillar revived the name in 1967 with the introduction of two models, a direct drive and a power shift, available in either or gauges. Track Roller, Welding Rigs, John Deere Tractors, Jeep Truck, Heavy Equipment, Caterpillar, Idaho, Military Vehicles, Tacoma Toyota

Caterpillar's D5 tractor

For Sale! Fully optioned D5 SA pictured at a used agricultural machinery dealers yard in Idaho. This machine has all the goodies, ROPS air-conditioned cab, extended aircleaner and exhaust, and at least 3 hyrdraulic circuits to the rear. The full length fenders were a feature of the SA tractors. Just what the extra construction is mounted next to the cab the author is unsure of. The machine has been, at some time, fitted with a front counterweight but this has been torched off.

Caterpillar revived the name in 1967 with the introduction of two models, a direct drive and a power shift, available in either or gauges. Toyota 4runner, Toyota Tacoma, Earth Moving Equipment, Agriculture Tractor, Track Roller, Welding Rigs, Tractor Pulling, John Deere Tractors, Jeep Truck

Caterpillar's D5 tractor

Caterpillar D5 SA (special application) agricultural tractor pulling a set of tynes through some previously tilled land in preparation for planting. Designed specifically for farm use, the D5 SA had a closely spaced manual transmission to ensure the right speed for any trailed implement. There was at least one of these imported into New Zealand, owned by the late Roger Taylor of Pokeno

Pictured factory fresh off the production line at Caterpillar’s Sagami plant in Japan in this is ready to go to work for its first owner. The machine is equipped with a angle blade, a Caterpillar Equipment, Track Roller, Unsung Hero, Old Tractors, Manual Transmission, Old Trucks, Military Vehicles, Blade, Japan

Caterpillar's D5 tractor

Pictured factory fresh off the production line at Caterpillar’s Sagami plant in Japan in 1969, this D5 is ready to go to work for its first owner. The machine is equipped with a 5A angle blade, a No.5

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Caterpillar's D5 tractor

Days work over, this rural Iowa, USA domiciled powershift D5 sits in the shade of a tree awaiting tomorrows work. Bridging the gap between farm and construction, the D5 was neither too big or too small for most farm-based tasks. The small “house” on top of the radiator is a lockable compartment to protect the radiator filler

Caterpillar revived the name in 1967 with the introduction of two models, a direct drive and a power shift, available in either or gauges. Toyota 4runner, Toyota Tacoma, Track Roller, Welding Rigs, Sun Canopy, John Deere Tractors, Jeep Truck, Peterbilt, Heavy Equipment

Caterpillar's D5 tractor

This could be a New Zealand scene but was in fact shot in Japan. High above the valley below, this direct drive Cat D5 is cutting access tracks above a new dam site with it’s 5A angle nlade. The machine has no ROPS, just a sun canopy and the operator's steely nerve.

Working in a mud ‘soup’, this Cat LGP is a later development of the earlier LGP model and was introduced in It is fitted with the non-turbocharged Cat 3306 engine. Equipment includes the (by now) standard ROPS frame and a blade with a tilt cylinder. Toyota 4runner, Toyota Tacoma, Cat Bulldozer, Track Roller, Welding Rigs, Heavy Machinery, John Deere Tractors, Jeep Truck, Peterbilt

Caterpillar's D5 tractor

Working in a mud ‘soup’, this Cat D5B LGP is a later development of the earlier D5 LGP model and was introduced in 1977. It is fitted with the non-turbocharged Cat 3306 engine. Equipment includes the (by now) standard ROPS frame and a 5S blade with a tilt cylinder.

Factory illustration of a late Caterpillar powershift version. Note how clean a design this tractor is. The Cat non-turbo engine can be readily seen as can the standard track frame. Toyota 4runner, Toyota Tacoma, Track Roller, Welding Rigs, Heavy Machinery, John Deere Tractors, Jeep Truck, Peterbilt, Bugatti Veyron

Caterpillar's D5 tractor

Factory illustration of a late 1960s Caterpillar D5 powershift version. Note how clean a design this tractor is. The Cat D333 non-turbo engine can be readily seen as can the standard 6-roller track frame.

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Caterpillar's D5 tractor

Japanese-based Cat D5 LGP 68J series dozer pictured in some rather unfavourable muck. The D5 LGP was a development of the 90B series D6B and was very popular in Asia where underfoot conditions like this would stall a tractor with normal undercarriage. The machine is equipped with a modified 5S blade. (Photo: Authors collection

Caterpillar’s is a bit of an unsung hero, straddling the gap between small and medium sized track type tractors in the Company’s product range. Rather than a child of the late its heritage goes much further back Toyota 4runner, Toyota Tacoma, Track Roller, Welding Rigs, Unsung Hero, John Deere Tractors, Jeep Truck, Peterbilt, Bugatti Veyron

Caterpillar's D5 tractor

Caterpillar’s D5 is a bit of an unsung hero, straddling the gap between small and medium sized track type tractors in the Company’s product range. Rather than a child of the late 1960s, its heritage goes much further back

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Caterpillar's D5 tractor

Caterpillar revived the D5 name in 1967 with the introduction of two D5 models, a direct drive and a power shift, available in either 60” or 74” gauges.