More than twenty manufacturers used Caterpillar diesel tractor engines to power their shovels, compressors, and other types of machinery. To meet the needs of this growing market, Caterpillar engineers designed the D17000 specifically for use by other manufacturers. This 4-stroke, 8-cylinder engine was Caterpillar’s first diesel with a “V” configuration, and it weighed 7,515 lbs. in its industrial configuration and over 10,600 lbs. in its electric set configuration. It was also the first engine designed by the company specifically for use outside of tractors. This model’s industrial and marine engine was so successful that it was manufactured for twenty years.
“When other equipment makers had access to the Caterpillar engine, they could make all kinds of work-saving machines. Caterpillar greatly contributed to innovation and progress in many different industries by making its engines available.”
Sal Minicozzi, Yancey Power Systems