Caterpillar Relaunches Cat 651 Wheel Tractor Scraper

The new Cat 651 allows companies with mixed fleets to stock fewer repair parts and lower owning costs.

Cat 651 Wheel Tractor Scraper

Back & Better Than Before

The new single engine Cat 651 Wheel Tractor Scraper (WTS) reenters the market with upgrades to the powertrain, controls, hydraulics, and structure—designed to deliver superior levels of productivity and a high return on investment. The new-and-improved model offers 33.6 m3 (44 yd3) heaped capacity and 46.4 tonnes (52 tons) rated load—sharing the same bowl design and many components as the 657. This design allows companies with mixed fleets to stock fewer repair parts and lower owning costs.

Smoother Operation Thanks to APECS

The scraper’s new Advanced Productivity Electronic Control System (APECS) fully integrates the transmission and engine drivetrain to provide smooth and responsive shifts—allowing the 651 to move more material faster. The model's electronic clutch pressure control feature advances shift control logic for smoother speed and directional shifts, while part throttle shifting controls transmission shifts for smoother shifting between gears. Preventing loss of momentum during shifts, the shift torque management system carries higher torque through shift points.

The single engine design features the Cat C18 engine powering the tractor with 469 kW (629 hp) and meets EU Stage V/U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emission standards. The design gives the 651 the ability to work with a Cat D10 or D11 push dozer for ultra-fast load times, even when working in abrasive or rocky conditions. With an 8-speed transmission reaching a top speed of 56.1 km/h (34.8 mph), the new WTS delivers fast cycle times to improve productivity across a range of applications from heavy civil construction to quarrying and mining.  

Operator Comfort, Now Standard

Boasting the same larger cab as the 657, the 651 improves operator comfort and delivers easier ingress/egress. Relocation of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system to below the cab, steering column, and pedal repositioning help to improve visibility. The new comfort seat rotates up to 30 degrees to the right for loading and offers an additional 51 mm (2 in) of fore/aft movement to reduce operating fatigue. The seat’s adjustable armrest aligns with the implement control level with T-handle design for more comfortable operation.  

The scraper’s new high-pressure steering system requires significantly less steering effort, reducing fatigue and improving productivity further into the work cycle. Improvements to the hydraulics include an electrohydraulic implement system for improved multifunction capability and a short throw for the T-handle implement control. Cat advanced ride management eliminates end-stroke events of the seat suspension cylinder and offering a smoother ride.

Three camera locations for the optional Work Area Vision System (WAVS) show the cutting edge, right side, and rear of the machine on a 178-mm (7-inch) in-cab color display to improve visibility and job site safety. Available sequence assist reduces up to 14 individual operator commands per cycle with a single button for improved cycle consistency as well as less repetitive motions for the operator and reduced fatigue.

Quicker Warmup For Any Job Site

Auto-stall, new for the 651, assists in warming up the transmission oil faster when working in colder ambient temperatures, so the machine is quickly ready for work. Configured with sequence assist, the new payload estimator option uses bowl lift cylinder pressure to accurately calculate machine payload to within +/- 5% of actual scaled weight, optimizing payload and job site efficiency. Using the bowl lift cylinder, the reliable payload estimator system requires no recalibration or operator interface.

The scraper’s new ground speed control allows the operator to set the desired top speed—allowing the machine to find the gear that works best for the engine and transmission, designed to lower engine load factor and fuel burn compared to top gear selection. When operating on a decline, the 651 detects machine overspeed situation and automatically engages the compression brakes with no operator input. Hydraulic wet disc brakes replace air actuated brakes from the previous model for improved performance and serviceability.

Remote Data Access

Standard Product Link on the 651 collects critical machine operating data, including payload, that can be viewed online—connecting the office with the job site. VisionLink® offers access to this information anytime, anywhere to help companies make informed decisions to boost productivity, lower costs, simplify maintenance and improve safety.

More information about the new Cat 651 Wheel Tractor Scraper can be found by contacting the local Cat dealer or visiting

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