Although we don’t sell Caterpillar propulsion engines we’ve had a lot of requests asking us if we could build CAT PTO kits. We made our first kit three years ago and have added more options since then. Presently, we have kits for the C18, 3512 and 3516 propulsion engines. All three of these engines are popular for a variety of commercial fishing boats that often need to run hydraulics off the front.

Our newest kit is for the C18. Since the C18 engine is available with a front bellhousing, it was an easy decision to design a front PTO. Currently, we are offering 1000, 1200, 1500 and 2000 ft-lb electric clutch options. Installation takes about 2 hours and can be configured for a gear pump drive like the one pictured for the 3512 kits.

The 3512 has a bit more power available off the front. By adding our speed increasing, double pump drive set-up, two stacked pumps can be run off the front for a combined total flow of 300GPM @ 2000 PSI at engine idle that is roughly 2500 ft-lbs of torque. For this size of the operation, we often go to an air clutch configuration.

Don’t see what you need?  We are more than happy to customize a solution that works for your particular operation.