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FM538 GF/FM538 LL

The Cat® 538 is the best choice in its size class for today’s loggers. With its new high-visibility forestry cab and factory logging configurations to meet your specific needs, the 538 can make your work in the woods more productive and profitable.

Engine Model
Cat C7.1
Net Power - ISO 9249
172 HP
Engine Power - ISO 14396
174 HP
Net Power - ISO 9249 (DIN)
175 hp (metric)

Engine

Engine Model
Cat C7.1
Net Power - ISO 9249
172HP
Engine Power - ISO 14396
174HP
Net Power - ISO 9249 (DIN)
175hp (metric)
Engine Power - ISO 14396 (DIN)
176hp (metric)
Bore
4in
Stroke
5in
Displacement
428r/min
Biodiesel Capability
B20¹
Emissions
Meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final, EU Stage V emission standards.
Note (1)
Net power advertised is the power available at the flywheel when the engine is equipped with fan, air intake system, exhaust system, and alternator with engine speed at 1,800 rpm. Advertised power is tested per the specified standard in effect at time of
Note (2)
¹Cat diesel engines are required to use ULSD (ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel with 15 ppm of sulfur or less) or ULSD blended with the following lower-carbon intensity fuels** up to: 20% biodiesel FAME (fatty acid methyl ester)* or 100% renewable diesel, HVO

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
72281lb/ft

Weights

General Forestry
66140lb
Log Loader (U/U)
69640lb

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)

Dimensions

Note (1)
General Forestry
Shipping Height - Tilted Cab
134in
Handrail Height
131in
Length: General Forestry - Boom Stretched Out
469in
Length: Log Loader - Boom Stretched Out
595in
Tail Swing Radius
124in
Counterweight Clearance
52in
Ground Clearance
31in
Track Length
185in
Track Length to Center of Rollers
158in
Track Gauge
110in
Transport Width
138in

Working Ranges

Max Reach at Stick Nose at Ground Level - General Forestry Road Builder
388in
Max Reach at Grapple Mount on Heel at Ground Level - Log Loader Under/Under
421in

Air Conditioning System

Note (1)
The air conditioning system on this machine contains the fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant R134a (Global Warming Potential = 1430). The system contains 2.1 (22" Riser CAB)/2.2 (48"/72" Riser CAB) kg of refrigerant, which as a CO2 equivalent of 3.003/

Standard Equipment:

  • Cab
    • ROPS Forestry cab with polycarbonate windows
    • 4-point harness seat belt
    • Heated and cooled seat with air-adjustable suspension
    • Integrated joysticks
    • Tilt-up left-side console (side-entry cab only)
    • High-resolution touchscreen monitor
    • Bluetooth integrated radio (including USB, aux port and microphone)
    • 12V DC outlets
    • Keyless push-to-start engine control
    • Automatic bi-level air conditioner
    • LED dome and floor lights
    • Windshield wiper and washer
    • Behind seat storage
    • Retractable sunshade
  • Cat Technologies
    • VisionLink
    • Remote Services Capability
  • Electrical System
    • Maintenance-free 1000 CCA batteries (x4)
    • Centralized electrical disconnect switch
    • LED chassis, boom, and cab lights
    • 115-amp alternator
    • 24-volt electric starting
    • Pre-start monitoring system
    • Tool control software
    • Secondary engine shut off switch
  • Engine
    • Electric fuel priming pump
    • Three selectable modes: Power, Smart, Eco
    • Automatic engine speed control
    • Automatic engine idle shutdown
    • Up to 4600m (15,092 ft) altitude capability
    • 48° C (118° F) high-ambient cooling capacity
    • -32° C (-25° F) cold start capability
    • Hydraulic reverse fan
    • Two-stage fuel filter system
    • Double element air filter with integrated pre-cleaner
  • Hydraulic System
    • Boom and stick regeneration circuits
    • Boom and stick drift reduction valve
    • Electronic main control valve
    • Automatic hydraulic oil warm up
    • Automatic swing parking brake
    • High performance hydraulic return filter
    • Automatic two speed travel
    • Bio hydraulic oil capability
    • High torque swing drive
    • Swing cushion valve
    • Tool control software
  • Safety And Security
    • Caterpillar One Key security system
    • Lockable service doors
    • Lockable external tool/storage box
    • Lockable fuel cap and hydraulic tank
    • Lockable disconnect switch
    • Right-hand rail and hand hold
    • Service platforms with anti-skid plate and countersunk bolts
    • Signaling/warning horn
    • Travel alarm
    • Swing alarm
    • Ground-level secondary engine shutoff switch
    • Reaview camera
    • Right-hand sideview camera
  • Service And Maintenance
    • Integrated vehicle health management system
    • Side-entry service platform
    • Grouped location for engine oil and fuel filters
    • Ground level dipstick for engine oil
    • Scheduled Oil Sampling (S·O·S) ports
  • Undercarriage And Structures
    • High Wide undercarriage
    • 203 mm (8") pitch Cat grease lubricated track chain with PPR3 positive pin retention
    • Catwalks
    • Tie down points
    • Counterweight fuel tank
    • Heavy-duty track rollers and frames
    • Heavy-duty travel motor guards
    • Heavy-duty bottom guards
    • Track guiding guards
    • High drawbar final drives
    • Heavy-duty recoil springs
    • Heavy-duty hydraulic swivel
    • Heavy-duty hydraulic swivel guard

Optional Equipment:

  • Booms And Sticks
    • 5.7 m (18'7") Reach boom - General Forestry
    • 5.9 m (19'6") Straight boom - Log Loader
    • 2.9 m (9'6") Thumb-ready stick
    • 3.7 m (12'2") Drop Nose stick
    • 3.5 m (11'6") under/under stick
    • 3.8 m (12'6") over/under stick
    • 3.8 m (12'6") power clam stick
    • B1 family bucket linkage
  • Cab
    • Rear entry
    • Side entry
    • 165 mm (6.5") fixed riser
    • 1219 mm (48") tilting riser
    • CB radio mounts
    • Cat Stick Steer
    • Auxiliary relay
  • 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
    • Easy lock cab tilting system
    • Cab riser light
    • Inspection lighting
    • Swing alarm
    • Right-hand sideview camera
    • Inspection lighting
  • 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

Specifications

Standard/Optional Features