FM568 GF/FM568 LL

FM568 GF/FM568 LL

The Cat® FM568 forest machine can shovel and process logs, load trucks, build roads, and much more with a choice of configurations and attachments.

FM568 General Forestry and Log Loader Machine


The Cat® FM568 is the ultimate forestry & shovel logging weapon. With incredible swing torque, track power, lift, and stability, you can reliably produce more loads daily and increase production and profit while counting on outstanding service and support for your business.Move big timber with unmatched production, comfort, and safety.

Latest Features

Cab Monitor Improvements

  1. Continuously improved user interface allows intuitive navigation, minimizing performance interruption with the easy-to-use touchscreen menu.
  3. Identify apps quickly with a grid list view, abbreviated app names, and categorized menu options.
  5. A notification center keeps important information visible to the operator and displays messages without shrinking the camera view.
  7. Color-coded notifications set critical messages apart from the rest.
  9. Use the in-monitor QR code to learn about machine and technology features through a full suite of “how-to” videos.
  • Enhance visibility to make service work easier and safer with optional inspection lighting.
  • Standard integrated vehicle health management system alerts operators with service guidance and parts needed to enhance uptime.       

Build Number: 07C

FM568 - Latest Features
FM568 - Take the Guesswork Out of Managing Your Equipment

Take the Guesswork Out of Managing Your Equipment


  • VisionLink® provides actionable data insights for all assets - regardless of fleet size or equipment manufacturer. * Review equipment data from your desktop or mobile device to maximize uptime and optimize assets. Dashboards provide information such as hours, miles, location, idle time, and fuel utilization. Make informed decisions that lower costs, simplify maintenance, and improve safety and security on your jobsite.
  • VisionLink Productivity gathers and summarizes machine telematics and jobsite data from all your equipment – regardless of the manufacture. * View actionable information such as idle time, fuel burn, location, payload, load counts, total cycles, and more to improve machine efficiency, productivity, and utilization. Access data anywhere via a mobile, tablet, or desktop device - on or off the jobsite.   
  • Cat® Inspect is a mobile application that allows you to easily perform digital preventative maintenance (PM) checks, inspections, and daily walkarounds. Inspections can easily be integrated with other Cat data systems like VisionLink so you can keep a close eye on your fleet.
  • Remote Troubleshoot is a mobile application that allows your Cat dealer to perform diagnostic testing on your connected machine remotely to help resolve issues quickly and with less downtime.
  • Remote Flash is a mobile application that allows you to update onboard software without a technician being present, allowing you to initiate software updates when convenient, increasing your overall operating efficiency.
  • The Cat PL161 attachment locator allows you to track attachments across all worksites, reduce the number of lost attachments, and plan for attachment maintenance and replacement. The work tool recognition** feature automatically adjusts machine settings based on the selected tool.

  • * Data field availability can vary by equipment manufacturer.
    ** Recognition feature available on select excavator models. Consult your Cat dealer for details.


    Superior Performance

    • The Cat® C9.3B is up to 9% more powerful, is fuel efficient, and can run on biodiesel and other renewable fuels.
    • Smart mode helps reduce fuel consumption by automatically matching engine and hydraulic power to working conditions.
    • Pick and place logs with precision and power with the electrohydraulic control system.
    • Heavy lift mode with up to 10% more swing torque* helps you confidently move big logs.
    • Get to work faster with up to a 14% increase in travel speed*.
    • Auxiliary hydraulic options let you use Cat grapples and various other attachments.
    • Work in extreme environments with a standard high-ambient capability of 52° C (126° F) and cold start capability of -32° C (-25° F).

    FM568 - Superior Performance
    FM568 - Unmatched Operator Comfort

    Unmatched Operator Comfort

    • Operators can choose the rear or side entry cab with up to 25% more space and a tilt-up console.*
    • The dual HVAC system keeps operators comfortable in cold and warm weather.
    • A wider heated and cooled air-suspension seat makes year-round work more pleasant.
    • All controls are within easy reach to reduce twisting and turning and keep you focused on the work area.
    • Cab risers — 165 mm (6’1/2”) fixed or 1219 mm (48”) hydraulic tilt — are available to meet your work needs.
    • Special roof lining and window and door sealing reduce noise, making the interior as quiet as today’s top work trucks.
    • Stow your gear with in-cab storage beneath, behind the seat, and in the consoles.
    • Use the standard radio’s USB ports and Bluetooth® technology to connect personal devices and make hands-free calls.

    Simple Operation

    • Cat continues to improve user interface functionality for operators of all skill levels. The touchscreen monitor is an easy-to-use operating tool that presents the jobsite dashboard with an intuitive format. 
    • The Cat PL161 attachment locator is a Bluetooth device designed to let users know where their attachments are across all worksites, reduce the number of lost attachments, and plan for attachment maintenance and replacement. The PL161 integrates easily into VisionLink® for full fleet management of machines and attachments from one smartphone or tablet dashboard to view location and tracking details.
    • Navigate quickly on the standard high-resolution 254 mm (10 in) touchscreen monitor.
    • Make moving the excavator much easier with the optional Cat® Stick Steer. Push a button and use one hand to travel and turn instead of both hands or feet on levers or pedals.
    • Not sure how a function works or how to maintain the machine? Always have the operator’s manual at your fingertips in the touchscreen monitor.
    • Optional auxiliary relay powers on and turns off CB radios and other attachments without you taking your hands off the joysticks.

    FM568 - Simple Operation
    FM568 - Versatile Configurations

    Versatile Configurations

    General Forestry

    1. The General Forestry model is ideal for road work, grappling, processing, and delimbing.
    3. With a reach boom and quick coupler, you can equip the FM568 with a processor, bucket, thumb, mulcher, and other attachments to get work done quickly and efficiently.
    5. A frontless option allows you to customize the machine to fit your applications.

    Log Loader
    1. The log loader configuration is ideal for truck loading, Butt-n-Top loading, power clam applications, and millyardwork.
    3. An under-mounted heel cylinder provides maximum force for shovel logging with a Cat grapple. A variable displacement pump delivers high-flow rotating capability for heel and log grapples and Power Clam and Butt-n-Top grapples.
    5. An overmounted heel cylinder provides maximum clearance to load trucks and increases lift height for millyard applications.
    • Rugged, reliable, simple-to-service Cat forestry grapples range in size from 1322 mm (52") to 1524 mm (60").

    Easy Maintenance

    • Boost productivity with proactive service reminders. The Integrated Vehicle Health Management system alerts the operator with step-by-step service guidance and the parts needed so you don't experience unnecessary downtime.
    • Expect up to 15% less maintenance cost than the previous model. (Savings calculated over 12,000 machine hours.)
    • The engine’s regeneration system functions automatically with no operator input or interruption to work.
    • Using Cat® genuine oil and filters and doing typical S∙O∙S monitoring will double the current service interval to 1,000 hours, giving you greater uptime to do more work.
    • S·O·S ports simplify maintenance and allow for quick, easy extraction of fluid samples for analysis.
    • The diesel particulate filter requires no maintenance.
    • Replace fuel filters at 1,000 hours – twice the interval from the previous filters.
    • The latest hydraulic oil filter provides improved filtration performance, anti-drain valves to keep oil clean when the filter is replaced, and longer life with a 3000-hour replacement interval – 50% longer than previous filter designs.
    • The high-efficiency cooling fan runs only when needed; program intervals so the fan automatically reverses to keep cores clean without interrupting your work.
    • Standard Product Link™ provides location, machine hours, fuel usage, productivity, idle time, diagnostic codes, and other machine data on demand through VisionLink online interface, helping you improve jobsite efficiency with lower operating costs.
    • Remote Troubleshoot** connects you to a dealer service pro to help solve your problem and quickly get you to work.
    • Remote Flash** works around your schedule to ensure your machine's software is up to date for optimal performance.

    **Requires cell coverage.

    FM568 - Easy Maintenance
    FM568 - Enhanced Safety

    Enhanced Safety

    • The cab meets applicable industry standards for ROPS/FOPS/OPG and protects the operator inside the cab.
    • Access most routine maintenance points at ground level.
    • The right-hand service platform design provides easy, safe, and quick access to the upper service platform; the service platform steps use an anti-skid punch plate to prevent slipping. Handrails are provided for easy access.
    • Larger 32 mm (11/4”) polycarbonate front window, smaller cab pillars, and a flat engine hood improve visibility by  up to 50%.
    • Standard rearview camera enhances jobsite visibility; right-hand-sideview cameras are optional.
    • The monitor’s slope and grade indicator tell you the machine's position to help optimize its performance.
    • A signaling/warning horn and travel alarm enhance jobsite safety.
    • Make service work easier and safer with optional inspection lighting. With the flip of a switch, lights will illuminate the engine, pump, battery, and radiator compartments to enhance visibility.


    • ​​​​​The Cat® C9.3B engine meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and EU Stage V emission standards.
    • Cat 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 (hydrogenated vegetable oil) and GTL (gas-to-liquid) fuels. Refer to guidelines for successful application. Please consult your Cat dealer or “Caterpillar Machine Fluids Recommendations” (SEBU6250) for details.
    • Auto Engine Speed Control reduces unnecessary fuel burn and greenhouse gas emissions by allowing the engine to automatically go into idle mode when the machine is not working.
    • Extended maintenance intervals reduce downtime and decrease the amount of fluid and filters that are replaced over the machine's life.
    • Cat® VisionLink displays the CO2 emissions for monitored assets, calculated by fuel type for the Runtime Fuel Burned each day in a selected date range.
    • Remote Flash minimizes downtime and maintenance time while keeping your asset running at maximum efficiency. Alerts for machine updates are sent virtually from your Cat® dealer, and updates can be deployed without a dealer technician needing to be onsite.
    • Remote Troubleshoot decreases maintenance time and keeps your machine running with maximum efficiency by allowing your Cat® dealer to virtually test the machine while working. Once a problem is identified, a technician can fix it the first time, saving time and money.

    *Engines with no aftertreatment devices can use higher blends, up to 100% biodiesel (for use of blends higher than 20% biodiesel, consult your Cat dealer).

    **Tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions from lower-carbon intensity fuels are essentially the same as traditional fuels.

    FM568 - Sustainability
    • Standard Equipment
    • Optional Equipment
    • Specs
    • Docs

    Standard Equipment

    • 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
      • VisionLink
      • Remote Services Capability
      • Maintenance-free 1000 CCA batteries (x4)
      • Centralized electrical disconnect switch
      • LED chassis, boom (GF), stick (LL) and cab lights
      • 115 Amp. alternator
      • 24-volt electric starting
      • Horn and travel alarm
      • 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 4500m (14,764 ft) altitude capability
      • 52° C (126° 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
      • Boom and stick regeneration circuits
      • Boom and stick drift reduction valve
      • Electronic main control valve
      • Automatic hydraulic oil warmup
      • 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
      • Caterpillar One Key security system
      • Lockable service doors
      • Lockable external tool/storage box
      • Lockable fuel caps and hydraulic tank
      • Service platforms with anti-skid plate and countersunk bolts
      • Right-hand handrail and handhold
      • Signaling/warning horn
      • Travel alarm
      • Ground-level secondary engine shutoff switch
      • Rearview camera
      • Integrated vehicle health management system
      • Side-entry service platform
      • Left/Right-side fuel fill locations
      • Grouped location for engine oil and fuel filters
      • Scheduled Oil Sampling (S·O·S) ports
      • High Wide undercarriage
      • Grease lubricated track with positive pin retention
      • Catwalks
      • Tie down points
      • Counterweight fuel tank
      • Heavy-duty track rollers
      • 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

    Optional Equipment

      • 6.5 m (21'4") Reach boom - General Forestry
      • 7.09 m (23'3") Straight boom - Log Loader
      • 3.9 m (12'10") Reach stick
      • 4.73 m (15'6") Over/Under stick
      • 4.73 m (15'6") Power Clam stick
      • DB family bucket linkage
    • CAB
      • Rear entry
      • Side entry
      • 559 mm (22") tilting riser
      • 1219 mm (48") tilting riser
      • 1829 mm (72") tilting riser
      • CB radio mounts
      • Cat Stick Steer
      • Auxiliary relay
      • Premium lighting - General Forestry - 6 additional LED lights - 14 total
      • Premium lighting - Log Loader - 10 additional LED lights - 18 total
    • ENGINE
      • Cold start package with block heater and ether assist
      • Medium pressure circuit
      • Easy lock cab tilting system
      • Cab riser light
      • Inspection lighting
      • Swing alarm
      • Right-hand-sideview camera
      • 700 mm (28") double and single grouser shoes
      • 850 mm (33") triple grouser shoes



    Long Name:
    FM568 GF/FM568 LL
    FM568 GF/FM568 LL


    Engine Model
    Cat C9.3B
    Net Power - ISO 9249
    346 HP / 257.9 kW
    Engine Power - ISO 14396
    347 HP / 259 kW
    Net Power - ISO 9249 (DIN)
    351 hp (metric) / 351 hp (metric)
    Engine Power - ISO 14396 (DIN)
    352 hp (metric) / 352 hp (metric)
    4.53 in / 115 mm
    5.87 in / 149 mm
    567.5 r/min / 9.3 r/min
    Biodiesel Capability
    Up to B20¹
    Meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and 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 1,900 rpm. Advertised power is tested per the specified standard in effect at the time of manufacture.
    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 (hydrotreated vegetable oil) and GTL (gas-to-liquid) fuels. Refer to guidelines for successful application. Please consult your Cat dealer or “Caterpillar Machine Fluids Recommendations” (SEBU6250) for details. *Engines with no aftertreatment devices can use higher blends, up to 100% biodiesel (for use of blends higher than 20% biodiesel, consult your Cat dealer). **Tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions from lower-carbon intensity fuels are essentially the same as traditional fuels.


    Maximum Travel Speed
    2.7 mile/h / 4.3 km/h
    Maximum Drawbar Pull
    84978 lbf / 378 kN

    Hydraulic System

    Main System - Maximum Flow
    153 gal/min / 581 l/min
    Maximum Pressure - Equipment
    5076 psi / 35000 kPa
    Maximum Pressure - Equipment - Lift Mode
    5511 psi / 38000 kPa
    Maximum Pressure - Travel
    5076 psi / 35000 kPa
    Maximum Pressure - Swing
    4119 psi / 28400 kPa

    Swing Mechanism

    Swing Speed
    6.1 r/min / 6.1 r/min
    Maximum Swing Torque
    120222 lb/ft / 163 kN·m


    General Forestry
    106920 lb / 48500 kg
    Log Loader (U/U)
    108690 lb / 49300 kg

    Service Refill Capacities

    Fuel Tank
    262 gal (US) / 990 l
    Cooling System
    5 gal (US) / 20 l
    Engine Oil
    8 gal (US) / 32 l
    Swing Drive
    3 gal (US) / 10.5 l
    Final Drive - Each
    3 gal (US) / 9.5 l
    Hydraulic System - Including Tank
    101 gal (US) / 383 l
    Hydraulic Tank
    49 gal (US) / 185 l
    DEF Tank
    21 gal (US) / 80 l

    Working Ranges

    Max Reach at Stick Nose at Ground Level - General Forestry Road Builder
    460 in / 11690 mm
    Max Reach at Grapple Mount on Heel at Ground Level - Log Loader Under/Under
    509 in / 12930 mm


    Note (1)
    General Forestry
    Shipping Height - Tilted Cab
    159 in / 4030 mm
    Handrail Height
    138 in / 3510 mm
    Length: General Forestry - Boom Stretched Out
    607 in / 15430 mm
    Length: Log Loader - Boom Stretched Out
    667 in / 16930 mm
    Tail Swing Radius
    149 in / 3790 mm
    Counterweight Clearance
    59 in / 1500 mm
    Ground Clearance
    30 in / 760 mm
    Track Length
    216 in / 5490 mm
    Track Length to Center of Rollers
    175 in / 4450 mm
    Track Gauge
    115 in / 2920 mm
    Transport Width
    144 in / 3650 mm

    Air Conditioning System

    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"/48" Riser CAB)/2.2 (72" Riser CAB) kg of refrigerant, which as a CO2 equivalent of 3.003/3.146 metric tonnes.