252B Series 3


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The Cat Skid Steer Loader, with many work tool options, is ideal for construction, landscaping, agriculture and other applications. It delivers traditional Cat reliability and durability with excellent productivity.


Engine Model Cat® C3.4 DIT Cat® C3.4 DIT Less
Net Flywheel Power 71.0 hp 53.0 kW Less
Gross Power 74.0 hp 55.0 kW Less
Gross Power SAE J1995 74.0 hp 55.0 kW Less
Net Power EEC ISO 9249 71.0 hp 53.0 kW Less
Net Power SAE 1349 71.0 hp 53.0 kW Less
Displacement 201.0 in3 3.3 L Less
Stroke 4.7 in 120.0 mm Less
Bore 3.7 in 94.0 mm Less


Operating Weight 7861.0 lb 3565.0 kg Less

Operating Specifications

Rated Operating Capacity 2650.0 lb 1202.0 kg Less
Rated Operating Capacity w/Optional Counterweight 2700.0 lb 1225.0 kg Less
Tipping Load 5300.0 lb 2404.0 kg Less
Breakout Force, Tilt Cylinder 5508.0 lb 2498.0 kg Less


Wheelbase 48.0 in 1228.0 mm Less
Length w/Bucket on Ground 142.0 in 3616.0 mm Less
Length w/o Bucket 114.0 in 2901.0 mm Less
Height to Top of Cab 82.6 in 2063.0 mm Less
Vehicle Width over Tires 72.0 in 1829.0 mm Less
Max Overall Height 160.0 in 4062.0 mm Less
Bucket Pin Height at Max Lift 126.0 in 3210.0 mm Less
Bucket Pin Height at Carry Pos. 8.4 in 213.0 mm Less
Reach at Max Lift and Dump 33.0 in 829.0 mm Less
Clearance at Max Lift and Dump 95.0 in 2421.0 mm Less
Ground Clearance 7.7 in 196.0 mm Less
Departure Angle 26.4° 26.4° Less
Bumper Overhang - Rear Axle 41.0 in 1043.0 mm Less
Maximum Dump Angle 51° 51° Less
Turn Radius from Ctr - Rear 66.0 in 1679.0 mm Less
Turn Radius from Ctr - Coupler 54.0 in 1362.0 mm Less
Turn Radius from Ctr - Bucket 85.0 in 2167.0 mm Less
Max. Reach w/Arms-Parallel 50.0 in 1257.0 mm Less
Rack Back Angle at Max Height 88° 88° Less
Bucket Pin Reach at Max Lift 13.7 in 348.0 mm Less

Hydraulic System

Hydraulic Power 42.8 hp 31.9 kW Less
Hydraulic Flow Standard Standard Less
Loader Hydraulic Pressure 3335.0 psi 23000.0 kPa Less
Loader Hydraulic Flow 22.0 gal/min 83.0 L/min Less


ROPS SAE J1040 MAY94, ISO 3471:1994 SAE J1040 MAY94, ISO 3471:1994 Less
FOPS SAE J1043 SEPT87, ISO 3449:1992 Level I SAE J1043 SEPT87, ISO 3449:1992 Level I Less
FOPS Level II SAE J231 JAN81, ISO 3449:1992 Level II SAE J231 JAN81, ISO 3449:1992 Level II Less

Power Train

Travel Speed Forward 7.4 mph 11.9 km/h Less
Travel Speed Reverse 7.4 mph 11.9 km/h Less
Travel Speed Forward - 2-Speed Option 11.1 mph 17.8 km/h Less
Travel Speed Reverse - 2-Speed Option 11.1 mph 17.8 km/h Less

Service Refill Capacities

Chain box, each side 2.1 gal 8.0 L Less
Cooling System 2.6 gal 10.0 L Less
Engine Crankcase 2.4 gal 9.0 L Less
Fuel Tank 23.8 gal 90.0 L Less
Hydraulic System 14.0 gal 53.0 L Less
Hydraulic Tank 9.2 gal 35.0 L Less

Operator Station

Superior comfort to keep you productive throughout the work day.


Exceptional lift, breakout and power to meet your needs.

Power Train

Aggressive performance with fuel efficiency.

Lift Linkages

Built for tough jobs.

Work Tools

Do more jobs with one machine with Cat Work Tools.


Simplified service and maintenance save you time and money.

Customer Support

Support you can count on.

252B Series 3 Standard Equipment

  • 12 volt Electrical System
  • 80 ampere Alternator
  • Automatic Glow Plug Activation
  • Heavy Duty Battery, 880 CCA
  • Ignition Key Start/Stop Switch
  • Lights: Gauge Backlighting, Two Rear Tail Lights, Two Adjustable Front and Rear Halogen Lights, Dome Light

  • Gauges: Fuel Level, Hour Meter
  • Operator Warning System Indicators: Air Filter Restriction, Alternator Output, Armrest Raised/Operator Out of Seat, Engine Coolant Temperature, Engine Oil Pressure, Glow Plug Activation, Hydraulic Filter Restriction, Hydraulic Oil Temperature, Parking Brake Engaged
  • Vinyl Seat
  • Pull Down Ergonomic Contoured Armrest
  • Control Interlock System, when operator leaves seat or armrest raised: Hydraulic System Disables, Hydrostatic Transmission Disables, Parking Brake Engages
  • ROPS Cab, Open, Tilt Up
  • FOPS, Level 1
  • Top and Rear Windows
  • Floor Mat
  • Interior Rear View Mirror
  • 12 volt Electric Socket
  • Backup Alarm
  • Horn

  • Cat C3.4 DIT Tier 4 Interim/Stage IIIA Compliant Diesel Engine
  • Air Cleaner, Dual Element, Radial Seal
  • SOSSM Sampling Valve, Hydraulic Oil
  • Filters: Spin on, Hydraulic
  • Filters: Bayonet-type, Fuel and Water Separator
  • Tilt Up Radiator/Hydraulic Oil Cooler
  • Muffler, Standard
  • Spring Applied, Hydraulically Released Parking Brakes
  • Hydrostatic Transmission
  • Four Wheel Chain Drive

  • Engine Enclosure, Lockable
  • Extended Life Antifreeze, -36° C (-33° F)
  • Machine Tie Down Points (4)
  • Support, Lift Arm
  • Hydraulic Oil Level Sight Gauge
  • Radiator Coolant Level Sight Gauge
  • Radiator, Expansion Bottle
  • Cat ToughGuard™ Hose
  • Auxiliary, Hydraulics, Continuous Flow
  • Heavy Duty, Flat Faced Quick Disconnects
  • Split D-Ring to Route Work Tool Hoses Along Side of Left Lift Arm
  • Electrical Outlet, Beacon
  • Belly Pan Cleanout

  • Quick Coupler, Mechanical or Hydraulic
  • Seat Belt, 50 mm (2 in) or 75 mm (3)
  • EU Preparation Package (Europe only)
  • Comfort Package (must select one of the following):
  • Open ROPS (C0): Static Seat
  • Open ROPS (C1): Suspension Seat, Deluxe Headliner
  • Enclosed ROPS (C2): C1 plus Heater, Cab Door, Side Windows, Cup Holder, Cab Debris Barrier
  • Enclosed ROPS (C3): C2 plus Air Conditioner
  • Control Package (must select one of the following):
  • Control Package 1: On/Off Auxiliary Hydraulics Basic
  • Control Package 2: Proportional Auxiliary Hydraulics Deluxe, 1 Speed
  • Control Package 3: Proportional Auxiliary Hydraulics Deluxe, 1 Speed, Work Tool Harness
  • Control Package 4: Proportional Auxiliary Hydraulics Deluxe, 2 Speed
  • Control Package 5: Proportional Auxiliary Hydraulics Deluxe, 2 Speed, Work Tool Harness

252B Series 3 Optional Equipment

• Counterweight, increases rated operating capacity 23 kg (50 lb)

• Variable Speed Demand Fan (not available in all regions)

• Beacon, Rotating

• Engine Block Heater – 120V or 240V

• Oil, Hydraulic, Cold Operation

• Paint, Custom

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