The Cat® 255 Compact Track Loader, with its vertical lift design, delivers extended reach and lift height for quick and easy truck loading. Its standard torsion suspension undercarriage system provides superior traction, flotation, stability, and speed to work in a wide range of applications and underfoot conditions


Gross Power - SAE J1995
74.30 HP
55.40 kW
4.30 in
110.00 mm
171.00 in²
2.80 l
Net Power - ISO 9249
73.00 HP
54.40 kW
Net Power - SAE 1349
73.50 HP
54.80 kW
Peak Torque - 1,600 rpm - SAE J1995
221.00 lb/ft
300.00 N·m
3.50 in
90.00 mm
Engine Model
Cat® C2.8T (turbo)

Hydraulic System

Hydraulic Flow - High Flow - Hydraulic Power (Calculated)
60.90 HP
45.40 kW
Hydraulic Flow - High Flow - Loader Hydraulic Flow
30.00 gal/min
113.00 l/min
Hydraulic Flow - High Flow - Loader Hydraulic Pressure
3500.00 psi
24130.00 kPa
Hydraulic Flow - High Flow XPS - Hydraulic Power (Calculated)
70.70 HP
52.70 kW
Hydraulic Flow - High Flow XPS - Maximum Loader Hydraulic Flow
30.00 gal/min
113.00 l/min
Hydraulic Flow - High Flow XPS - Maximum Loader Hydraulic Pressure
4061.00 psi
28000.00 kPa
Hydraulic Flow - Standard - Hydraulic Power (Calculated)
46.40 HP
34.60 kW
Hydraulic Flow - Standard - Loader Hydraulic Flow
23.00 gal/min
86.00 l/min
Hydraulic Flow - Standard - Loader Hydraulic Pressure
3500.00 psi
24130.00 kPa

Operating Specifications

Rated Operating Capacities - 35% Tipping Load
2499.00 lb
1133.00 kg
Breakout Force - Lift Cylinder
5895.00 lb
2674.00 kg
Breakout Force - Tilt Cylinder
6746.00 lb
3060.00 kg
Ground Contact Area - With 320 mm/12.6 in Track
1582.00 in²
1.02 m²
Ground Contact Area - With 400 mm/15.7 in Track
1977.00 in²
1.28 m²
Ground Pressure - With 320 mm/12.6 in Track
41.80 in²
6.10 m²
Ground Pressure - With 400 mm/15.7 in Track
4.90 in²
34.00 m²
Ground Pressure - With 450 mm/17.7 in Track
4.60 psi
31.90 kPa
Rated Operating Capacities - 50% Tipping Load
3570.00 lb
1619.00 kg
Rated Operating Capacity with Optional Counterweight
2631.00 lb
1194.00 kg
Tipping Load
7140.00 lb
3238.00 kg


Operating Weight
9578.00 lb
4345.00 kg
Counterweight Adds to Operating Weight
276.00 lb
125.00 kg
Counterweight Adds to Operating Weight - ROC (35%)
132.00 lb
60.00 kg
Counterweight Adds to Operating Weight - Tip Load
379.00 lb
172.00 kg
Enclosed Cab Adds to Operating Weight
180.00 lb
82.00 kg
Enclosed Cab Adds to Operating Weight - ROC (35%)
38.00 lb
17.00 kg
Enclosed Cab Adds to Operating Weight - Tip Load
108.00 lb
49.00 kg
*Operating Weight, Operating Specifications, and Dimensions are based on 1730 mm (68") low profile bucket with bolt on cutting edge, 320 mm (12.6") narrow track, 75 kg (165 lb) operator, open canopy, mechanical suspension seat, HD battery with disconnect, standard flow hydraulics, manual coupler, and full fluids. No external counterweights, and no dual self-level/return-to-dig/work tool positioner.
Operating Weight - ROC (35%)
2499.00 lb
1133.00 kg
Operating Weight - ROC (50%)
3570.00 lb
1619.00 kg
Operating Weight - Tip Load
7140.00 lb
3238.00 kg
Wide Track (400 mm/15.7 in) Adds to Operating Weight
119.00 lb
54.00 kg

Service Refill Capacities

Cooling System
3.00 gal (US)
11.50 l
Engine Crankcase
2.20 gal (US)
8.20 l
Fuel Tank
25.10 gal (US)
95.00 l
Hydraulic System
9.70 gal (US)
36.80 l
Hydraulic Tank
6.90 gal (US)
26.00 l


Bucket Pin Height - Carry Position
7.70 in
195.00 mm
Bucket Pin Height - Maximum Lift
124.00 in
3150.00 mm
Bucket Pin Reach - Maximum Lift
5.90 in
151.00 mm
Clearance at Maximum Lift and Dump
95.40 in
2424.00 mm
Departure Angle
Ground Clearance
8.30 in
212.00 mm
Height - Top of Cab
83.30 in
2115.00 mm
Length - Track on Ground
58.50 in
1485.00 mm
Length - With Bucket on Ground
135.00 in
3430.00 mm
Length - Without Bucket
110.20 in
2800.00 mm
Maximum Dump Angle
Maximum Overall Height
155.20 in
3941.00 mm
Maximum Reach - With Arms Parallel to Ground
45.70 in
1162.00 mm
Overall Length - Track
76.70 in
1948.00 mm
Rack Back Angle - Maximum Height
Reach at Maximum Lift/Dump
21.30 in
540.00 mm
Roll Back Angle
Turning Radius from Center - Bucket (racked)
82.90 in
2105.00 mm
Turning Radius from Center - Coupler
54.20 in
1377.00 mm
Turning Radius from Center - Machine Rear
65.20 in
1656.00 mm
Vehicle Width (320 mm/12.6 in tracks)
65.90 in
1675.00 mm
Vehicle Width (400 mm/15.7 in tracks)
69.30 in
1760.00 mm


ISO 3449:2005 Level I
ISO 3471:2008

Power Train

Travel Speed - Forward or Reverse - Two Speed
9.10 mile/h
14.70 km/h
Travel Speed - Forward or Reverse - One Speed
5.70 mile/h
9.20 km/h

Redesigned Operator Station

Redesigned Operator Station delivers a larger operating environment, and combined with additional seat travel, the 255 provides more space for operators of any size. The optional one-piece, sealed, and pressurized cab offers a clean and quiet workspace with excellent air distribution through optimally placed vents throughout the cab.

Ventilated and heated high-back air ride seat

Available ventilated and heated high-back air ride seat with seat mounted adjustable joystick controls deliver industry-leading operator comfort.

High-performance power train

High-performance power train provides selectable settings for drive power priority and maximum travel speed (overdrive) to customize the machine performance to match the task.

Three levels of auxiliary hydraulic performance

Three levels of auxiliary hydraulic performance available Standard Flow, High Flow, and High Flow XPS. Standard flow for attachments that require a base level of auxiliary flow and horsepower, High Flow boosts the auxiliary flow for applications that demand additional hydraulic flow for increased attachment performance, and the High Flow XPS hydraulic system provides maximum auxiliary hydraulic performance by delivering additional flow and additional pressure for the most demanding attachments and applications

Electronically controlled Cat C2.8T engine

Electronically controlled Cat C2.8T engine meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and EU Stage V emission standards while delivering maximum horsepower across a wide RPM range and providing high torque for increased working performance, no matter the application

Torsion suspension undercarriage and two-speed travel

Standard torsion suspension undercarriage and standard two-speed travel, combined with the optional Speed Sensitive Ride Control system improves operation on rough terrain, enabling better load retention, increased productivity, and greater operator comfort.

Advanced Touchscreen Monitor

The 20.3 cm (8-inch) Advanced Touchscreen Monitor offers cutting-edge functionality and control that includes an integrated radio, Bluetooth® connectivity, and multi-camera (side-view) option, and supports 32 different language choices.

Advanced Joysticks

The Advanced Joysticks provide unmatched control of machine functions and adjustments within the display without the operator having to remove his hands from the controls. This includes on-joystick navigation of the Advanced Touchscreen Monitor, radio volume up/down/mute, creep activation, creep on/off, creep speed increment/decrement, one-button Smart Attachment control activation, and additional auxiliary control buttons that deliver single-button control of complex attachment functions.

Ground-level access

Ground-level access to all daily service and routine maintenance points help reduce machine downtime for greater productivity.

Cat Attachments

Make you Cat Compact Track Loaders the most versatile machine on the job site.

Standard Equipment
    • Quick Coupler: Manual or Hydraulic
    • High Visibility Seat Belt: 50 mm (2 in), 75 mm (3 in), or 3-point lap/shoulder
    • Steel Imbed Rubber Track – 320 mm (12.6 in) bar tread, 400 mm (15.7 in) block tread, 400 mm (15.7 in) bar tread
    • Dual Flange Front Idler/Single Flange Rear Idler or Triple Flange Front/Rear Idlers
    • Performance Package HP1: Standard Flow Hydraulics
    • Performance Package HP3: High Flow XPS Hydraulics
    • Open canopy: Cup Holder, Cell Phone Pocket, choice of vinyl Seat (Mechanical Suspension, High Back/Heated/Air Ride Seat)
    • Enclosed Cab with heat and air conditioning: Side Windows, Cup Holder, Cell Phone Pocket, choice of Seat (Mechanical Suspension, High Back/Heated Air Ride Seat, High Back/Ventilated and Heated Air Ride Seat) and Door choice (Glass or Polycarbonate)
    • T2 – Standard Display, Standard Joysticks, traditional Key Start switch, and Rear-view camera.
    • T4 – Advanced Touchscreen Monitor, Advanced Joysticks, Push start, X-mount cell phone holder, and a Rear-view camera.
    • T5 – T4 + 2 additional side view cameras.
    • Radio, none – for open canopy machines and countries not certified for Bluetooth® technology
    • Integrated AM/FM radio with Bluetooth technology. Includes USB port, 3.5 mm (0.13 in) AUX input, and BT microphone. Only for use with enclosed cab. Availability varies by country.
    • Integrated DAB+/AM/FM radio with Bluetooth technology. Includes USB port, 3.5 mm (0.13 in) AUX input, and BT microphone. Only for use with enclosed cab. Availability varies by country.
    • Product Link™ Basic series PL243
    • Product Link Elite series PLE643
    • On-demand, variable speed hydraulic cooling fan
    • On-demand, variable speed hydraulic cooling fan, with automatic and manual purge reversing operation
    • HD0 – base guarding and sealing (engine air inlet rain cap, front cab to-frame sealing, and hydraulic fill access door)
    • HD1– intermediate guarding and sealing† (HD0 + cab-to-frame side sealing, lockable fuel fill access door, tilt cylinder guarding, and drive line bottom guarding.) †Some equipment varies by region.
    • HD2 – most comprehensive guarding and sealing† (HD1 + turbo guard, exhaust stack wrap, DPF wrap, quick disconnect guarding, fully enclosed drive line guarding, under step hydraulic lines guard cover, engine air inlet pre-cleaner.)
    • Work Tool Electrical Harness
    • Heavy duty battery
    • Battery disconnect with lockout feature
    • 12-volt Electrical System
    • 85 Ampere Alternator
    • LED Work Lights
    • Auto Reverse Lights
    • Switch Backlighting
    • Interior LED Dome Light
    • Backup Alarm
    • Electrical Outlet, Beacon
    • Exterior Courtesy Lighting
    • Automatic Work light notification flash when parking brake is released
    • Full color LCD monitor: Creep speed control, Drive response adjustment, Implement response adjustment, Drive Power Priority adjustment, Language selection (× 32), Multi-operator Anti-theft Security System and Monitoring, Maintenance schedule and reminders, Event and Diagnostic Code monitoring, Date /Time/Units/Brightness settings, and Smart Technology for use with Smart Attachments.
    • 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 Supply Filter Restriction, Hydraulic Oil Temperature, Park Brake Engaged, Engine Emission System (where applicable)
    • Gauges: Fuel Level, Hour Meter, Hydraulic Temperature, Hour Meter, Battery Voltage, Tachometer
    • Fold In Ergonomic Contoured Armrest
    • Control Interlock System, when operator leaves seat or armrest raised: Hydraulic System Disables, Hydrostatic Transmission Disables, Parking
    • Brake Engages
    • ROPS Cab, Tilt Up
    • FOPS, Level I
    • Top and Rear Windows
    • Floor Mat
    • Headliner
    • Interior Rearview Mirror
    • Horn
    • Hand (Dial) Throttle, Electronic
    • Seat Mounted Joystick Controls
    • Cell Phone Storage Pocket
    • Cup Holder
    • 12-volt power port
    • Foot Throttle
    • Selectable control pattern – ISO or H
    • Electro/hydraulic implement control
    • Electro/hydraulic hydrostatic transmission control
    • Speed sensor guarding
    • Heavy duty flat faced quick disconnects with integrated pressure release lever
    • Hydraulic oil level sight gauge
    • Cat C2.8T turbocharged diesel engine, meeting Tier 4 Final and Stage V Emission Standards: • Glow plugs starting aid • Liquid cooled, direct injection
    • Extended life antifreeze (–37° C, –34° F)
    • Air cleaner, dual element, radial seal
    • Scheduled Oil Sampling (S·O·SSM) Valve, Hydraulic Oil
    • Ecology drain – coolant
    • Radiator coolant level sight gauge
    • Radiator expansion bottle
    • Filter, hydraulic supply, cartridge type
    • Filter, hydraulic return, cartridge type
    • Filter, canister type, engine oil
    • Filter, canister type, fuel and water separator
    • Radiator/hydraulic oil
    • Cooler (side-by-side)
    • Spring applied, hydraulically released, parking brakes
    • Hydrostatic transmission
    • Lockable fuel cap
    • Hydraulic demand cooling fan
    • Auto engine idle
    • Torsion Suspension (4 independent torsion axles)
    • Two speed travel
    • Integrated tie downs on track frame (4)
    • Machine tie down points (9)
    • Removable panels for machine frame cleanout
    • Support, lift arm
    • Steel rear and front bumpers, welded
    • Fuel fill, machine right hand side
    • Auxiliary Hydraulics, Continuous Flow
    • Telematics, Product Link, Cellular
    • Steel engine door with replaceable louvers
    • Engine door – lockable
    • Work tool attachment coupler
    • Cat ToughGuardTM hose
Optional Equipment
    • External Counterweights
    • Beacon, LED
    • Engine Block Heater – 120V
    • Oil, Hydraulic, Cold Operation
    • 4-point machine lifting eyes
    • Paint, Custom
    • Speed Sensitive Ride Control
    • Bluetooth Key Security
    • Attachment Hose Guide
    • Corrosion Inhibitor Coating