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FM538 GF/FM538 LL

The Cat® 538 is the best choice in its size class for today’s loggers. With its new high-visibility forestry cab and factory logging configurations to meet your specific needs, the 538 can make your work in the woods more productive and profitable.

Engine Model
Cat C7.1
Net Power – ISO 9249
Engine Power – ISO 14396
Net Power – ISO 9249 (DIN)
175hp (metric)
Engine Power – ISO 14396 (DIN)
176hp (metric)
Biodiesel Capability
Meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final, EU Stage V emission standards.
Note (1)
Net power advertised is the power available at the flywheel when the engine is equipped with fan, air intake system, exhaust system, and alternator with engine speed at 1,800 rpm. Advertised power is tested per the specified standard in effect at time of
Note (2)
¹Cat diesel engines are required to use ULSD (ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel with 15 ppm of sulfur or less) or ULSD blended with the following lower-carbon intensity fuels** up to: 20% biodiesel FAME (fatty acid methyl ester)* or 100% renewable diesel, HVO
Maximum Travel Speed
Maximum Drawbar Pull
Main System – Maximum Flow
Maximum Pressure – Equipment
Maximum Pressure – Equipment – Lift Mode
Maximum Pressure – Travel
Maximum Pressure – Swing
Swing Speed
Maximum Swing Torque
General Forestry
Log Loader (U/U)
Fuel Tank
262gal (US)
Cooling System
5gal (US)
Engine Oil
7gal (US)
Swing Drive
3gal (US)
Final Drive – Each
1gal (US)
Hydraulic System – Including Tank
69gal (US)
Hydraulic Tank
38gal (US)
DEF Tank
11gal (US)
Note (1)
General Forestry
Shipping Height – Tilted Cab
Handrail Height
Length: General Forestry – Boom Stretched Out
Length: Log Loader – Boom Stretched Out
Tail Swing Radius
Counterweight Clearance
Ground Clearance
Track Length
Track Length to Center of Rollers
Track Gauge
Transport Width
Max Reach at Stick Nose at Ground Level – General Forestry Road Builder
Max Reach at Grapple Mount on Heel at Ground Level – Log Loader Under/Under
Note (1)
The air conditioning system on this machine contains the fluorinated greenhouse gas refrigerant R134a (Global Warming Potential = 1430). The system contains 2.1 (22″ Riser CAB)/2.2 (48″/72″ Riser CAB) kg of refrigerant, which as a CO2 equivalent of 3.003/
  • Cab
    • ROPS Forestry cab with polycarbonate windows
    • 4-point harness seat belt
    • Heated and cooled seat with air-adjustable suspension
    • Integrated joysticks
    • Tilt-up left-side console (side-entry cab only)
    • High-resolution touchscreen monitor
    • Bluetooth integrated radio (including USB, aux port and microphone)
    • 12V DC outlets
    • Keyless push-to-start engine control
    • Automatic bi-level air conditioner
    • LED dome and floor lights
    • Windshield wiper and washer
    • Behind seat storage
    • Retractable sunshade
  • Cat Technologies
    • VisionLink
    • Remote Services Capability
  • Electrical System
    • Maintenance-free 1000 CCA batteries (x4)
    • Centralized electrical disconnect switch
    • LED chassis, boom, and cab lights
    • 115-amp alternator
    • 24-volt electric starting
    • Pre-start monitoring system
    • Tool control software
    • Secondary engine shut off switch
  • Engine
    • Electric fuel priming pump
    • Three selectable modes: Power, Smart, Eco
    • Automatic engine speed control
    • Automatic engine idle shutdown
    • Up to 4600m (15,092 ft) altitude capability
    • 48° C (118° F) high-ambient cooling capacity
    • -32° C (-25° F) cold start capability
    • Hydraulic reverse fan
    • Two-stage fuel filter system
    • Double element air filter with integrated pre-cleaner
  • Hydraulic System
    • Boom and stick regeneration circuits
    • Boom and stick drift reduction valve
    • Electronic main control valve
    • Automatic hydraulic oil warm up
    • Automatic swing parking brake
    • High performance hydraulic return filter
    • Automatic two speed travel
    • Bio hydraulic oil capability
    • High torque swing drive
    • Swing cushion valve
    • Tool control software
  • Safety And Security
    • Caterpillar One Key security system
    • Lockable service doors
    • Lockable external tool/storage box
    • Lockable fuel cap and hydraulic tank
    • Lockable disconnect switch
    • Right-hand rail and hand hold
    • Service platforms with anti-skid plate and countersunk bolts
    • Signaling/warning horn
    • Travel alarm
    • Swing alarm
    • Ground-level secondary engine shutoff switch
    • Reaview camera
  • Service And Maintenance
    • Integrated vehicle health management system
    • Side-entry service platform
    • Grouped location for engine oil and fuel filters
    • Ground level dipstick for engine oil
    • Scheduled Oil Sampling (S·O·S) ports
  • Undercarriage And Structures
    • High Wide undercarriage
    • 203 mm (8″) pitch Cat grease lubricated track chain with PPR3 positive pin retention
    • Catwalks
    • Tie down points
    • Counterweight fuel tank
    • Heavy-duty track rollers and frames
    • Heavy-duty travel motor guards
    • Heavy-duty bottom guards
    • Track guiding guards
    • High drawbar final drives
    • Heavy-duty recoil springs
    • Heavy-duty hydraulic swivel
    • Heavy-duty hydraulic swivel guard
  • Booms And Sticks
    • 5.7 m (18’7″) Reach boom – General Forestry
    • 5.9 m (19’6″) Straight boom – Log Loader
    • 2.9 m (9’6″) Thumb-ready stick
    • 3.7 m (12’2″) Drop Nose stick
    • 3.5 m (11’6″) under/under stick
    • 3.8 m (12’6″) over/under stick
    • 3.8 m (12’6″) power clam stick
    • B1 family bucket linkage
  • Cab
    • Rear entry
    • Side entry
    • 165 mm (6.5″) fixed riser
    • 1219 mm (48″) tilting riser
    • CB radio mounts
    • Cat Stick Steer
    • Auxiliary relay
  • Electrical System
    • Premium lighting – General Forestry – 6 additional LED lights
    • Premium lighting – Log Loader – 10 additional LED lights
  • Engine
    • Cold start package with block heaters and ether assist
  • Hydraulic System
    • Medium pressure circuit
  • Safety And Security
    • Easy lock cab tilting system
    • Cab riser light
    • Inspection lighting
    • Swing alarm
    • Right-hand sideview camera
  • Undercarriage And Structures
    • 900 mm (36″) triple grouser Tri Link shoes
    • 800 mm (31″) triple grouser shoes
    • 700 mm (28″) double grouser shoes
    • 600 mm (24″) double and single grouser shoes

Why Choose Louisiana Cat

We serve to build and power our community for a better future.

  • Provide a safe & meaningful work environment
  • Deliver innovative solutions through our expertise
  • Committed to the long-term growth and success of our employees and customers
  • Grow our business profitably