SPX 960

SPX-960 / 960 SV

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The SPX-960 is the largest model in SUPERIOR’s line of proprietary pipelayers and with a 96-ton lifting capacity. As with other SPX-Series models, our main focus on the SPX-960 is safety. From industry-standard features –such as the Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS)– to more unique ones –such as anti-tipping system and wireless anti-two block– there is a wealth of safety features that make this machine the safest pipelayer on the market, bar none. The engine, a Tier 3 Caterpillar C6.6 ACERT, provides plenty of power even on the most difficult terrains. A Tier 4 Cat C7.1 ACERT is also available depending on local regulations. 


Hook Speed

0-13 m/min / 0-43 ft/min

Wire Rope Diameter

16 mm – 5/8 in

Engine Model

C7.1 ACERT Tier 4

Net Flywheel Power

440 HP – 324 kW

NFP (DIN 6270-SAEJ 1349)

202 HP – 150 kW

Governed Speed

2,100 rpm


7.1 L – 433 cu in

Hydraulic System
Main Pumps

(Bosch-Rexroth) 3 independent variable pumps

Service Pumps

Triple Gear

Hydraulic Winch

Integrated oil bath multiple disk brake, spring applied hydraulic release

Final Drive

Compact hydrostatic drive unit, three-stage planetary gear

Max Operating Pressure

5945 psi / 410 bar

Boom Capacity 16 mm - 5/8 in

52 m / 170 ft

Drum Diameter - Boom

324 mm / 13 in

Drum Diameter - Hook

324 mm / 13 in

Drum Length - Boom

280 mm / 11 in

Drum Length - Hook

280 mm / 11 in

Flange Diameter - Boom

430 mm / 17 in

Flange Diameter - Hook

430 mm / 17 in

Hook Capacity 16 mm - 5/8 in

52 m / 170 ft

Hook Speed

0-13 m/min / 0-43 ft/min

Wire Rope Installed - Hook

40 m / 131 ft

Working Pressure

250 bar – 3625 psi


Integrated oil bath multiple disk brake, spring applied hydraulic release

Final Drives

Epicyclodial oil soaked

Trans Max Speed, -2 speed (SV)

9 km/h – 5.6 miles/h

Controls Type

Twin Pilot Operated

Safety Controls

Emergency shut-off

Boom Optional

6.1 m / 20 ft Welded Box Square Section

Wire Rope Diameter

16 mm – 5/8 in

Part Boom Line


Part Load Line


Adjustable Counterweights
Total Weight Extendable

3,150 kg – 6,945 lbs

Track Frame
Standard Shoes Width

560 mm – 22 in


1.95 m – 6.3 ft

Ground Contact Area

31,900 cm² – 34.3 ft ²

Ground Pressure

0.62 kg/cm² – 9 lb/in²

Number Of Bottom Rollers


Number Of Carrying Rollers


Fluid Capacities
Fuel Tank

290 L – 76 U.S. gal

Hydraulic System Circuit

175 L- 45 U.S. gal

Cooling System

22 L / 5.7 U.S gal

Engine Oil

16 L / 4.2 U.S. gal

Final Drive Each

16+16 liters – 4.2+4.2 U.S. gal

Electric System
Operating Voltage

24 V

Supplied Batteries


Starter Capacity

8 kW


55 A

Hydraulic Winches
Hook Speed

0-13 m/min / 0-43 ft/min

Hydraulic Tank
Hydraulic Tank Max Capacity

125 liters – 33 U.S. gal

Filter Maximum Capacity

500 liters/min – 132 U.S. gal/min


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Transmission Pilot Levers

Assist the operator in making precise pin-point maneuvers for coupling pipe.

Anti tipping


Monitors different lifting operations to avoid dangerous tilting.


Boom Kick-out

Prevents the boom from bending by excessive upward travel.

Anti two block

Anti-two Block

Prevents the top and bottom blocks from touching.

Free-fall System

Emergency feature: when the button is engaged, the load free-falls all the way to the ground.


Single Joystick Control

Controls both the line and the boom with a single joystick, greatly simplifying operation.




Roll Over Protection Structure
SUPERIOR Manufacturing designs and manufactures Roll Over Protective Structures (ROPS) for 561/571/572/583/594 model pipelayers. We have an 
understanding of our customer’s needs and applications, producing ROPS that are fully engineered and tested to meet various codes and standards. 
Our engineering department is fully integrated with our capabilities including:

  • CADD – Computer Aided Design and Drafting modeling software
  • FEA – Finite Element Analysis stress and deflection software
  • Specification and functional development

Features Include:

  • Easy access for operators
  • Operator protection in the event of a roll over
  • No modifications to frame of draw works
  • Installation mounts are welded on
  • ROPS can also be installed on dozers converted to pipelayers, including Midwestern.



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