Cat, Dozers, Meet the expert

Cat® General Duty Undercarriage loves the daily grind

Sam Newman, Shadforth Workshop Supervisor.

Just ask Sam Newman from Shadforth, Queensland.

Shadforth is Queensland’s largest family-owned civil contracting company, specialising in residential, commercial, and industrial subdivisions. Shadforth owns more than 500 pieces of heavy plant equipment which are predominantly Cat® machines, including a fleet of Cat D6 Dozers.

For Shadforth, the Cat General Duty undercarriage is the undercarriage of choice for low-to-medium impact applications.

Sam Newman, Workshop Supervisor at Shadforth, knows the value of balancing performance and cost with Cat General Duty undercarriage.

“It’s very important to have the right undercarriage for the right job,” Sam says. “We’ve trialled all sorts of undercarriage components, genuine and non-genuine. We’ve found the hours and the life of Cat General Duty on our fleet of Cat D6 Dozers is cost-effective and gives us the best machine uptime.”

Shadforth's Cat dozer at work
Cat® General Duty undercarriage is built to optimise uptime and performance.

Cat dealer Hastings Deering worked closely with Sam and the Shadforth team to ensure they had the right undercarriage for their fleet of Cat D6 Dozers. Understanding the customer’s application enabled Hastings Deering to provide the best solution possible. In this case, Cat General Duty was the most cost-effective option that suited Shadforth’s application.

The Cat General Duty range was designed to provide customers with Cat quality and performance for use in most low-to-medium impact applications, such as non-hard soils, where they would not require Cat Heavy Duty undercarriages. Of all the Cat undercarriage options, you could call it your everyday undercarriage.

The Cat General Duty line also utilises Caterpillar’s heavy duty link design, and the sealing systems are the same as Cat Heavy Duty undercarriage.

That means that seal reliability is consistent across every Cat undercarriage, leading to consistent wear life. It also means that Cat General Duty, Heavy Duty, and Heavy Duty Extended Life (HDXL) components are interchangeable, eliminating the need for retrofitting helping to reduce inconvenient and expensive downtime.

Two men in hard hards and hi-vis inspecting a dozer's undercarriage
Custom Track Service helps you keep on top of undercarriage maintenance.

When it comes to maintaining your undercarriage, Sam and the Shadforth team know the value of Custom Track Service.

“Custom Track Service allows us to get on top of our maintenance earlier,” Sam says. “It allows us to check all our wear measurements and get the most out of it, cost-effectively. It also means our dealer can allow for stock for our machines to be available, in the lead up to undercarriage repairs.”

Regular undercarriage inspections are the best way to help manage undercarriage wear and plan downtime and cost.

Custom Track Service including Track Assurance provides added protection and an extended four-year, 3000-hour warranty* for Cat General Duty undercarriage.



There’s a Cat undercarriage to suit your application:

General Duty

The General Duty option is ideal for low-to-medium impact applications, delivering the right balance of performance and value.

Heavy Duty Extended Life (HDXL)

Cat Heavy Duty Extended Life (HDXL) Undercarriage is designed and engineered for maximum durability in the most demanding conditions. HDXL delivers up to 40 per cent more wear life. It’s got all the robustness you’ll need — and then some.

Cat Abrasion™

Cat Abrasion™ delivers the lowest cost per hour in high-abrasion, low-to-medium impact applications, resulting in up to 50 per cent# lower cost per tonne.

Rubber Track

Cat rubber tracks help your machine go where steel tracks can’t. They help minimise impact and damage to operating surfaces and are advantageous in situations that require high manoeuvrability.



Right now, your Cat dealer has great offers available on Cat Undercarriage options, including 2.99 per cent* interest and secured financing for 24 months.

To find out more or to book a free undercarriage inspection*, speak to your local Cat dealer or visit to find out more.

*#† Terms and conditions apply. Click the link above for details.

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