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M Series 2 Motor Graders Deliver More Power From Cleaner Engines

The newest motor grader models from Caterpillar, the 140M2 and 160M2, along with their all-wheel-drive (AWD) counterparts, the 140M2 AWD and 160M2 AWD, are equipped with clean-burning, fuel-efficient engines meeting Tier 4 Interim/Stage IIIB emissions standards. The new models also deliver added value for the customer by lowering operating costs and enhancing productivity, operator convenience and serviceability. M Series 2 models continue to improve on the legacy of quality set by the original M Series and are designed for a broad range of tasks, including heavy blade work, road maintenance, ripping and precision-finishing applications.

Clean, efficient combustion
The new M Series 2 models all use the Cat C9.3 ACERT™ engine with Variable Horse Power (VHP), and all have a wider net-variable-horsepower range than their M Series predecessors. The 140M2 and 160M2 have ranges of 193 to 243 (144 kW to 181 kW) and 213 to 263 (159 kW to 196 kW), respectively. Net horsepower ratings for the 140M2 AWD and 160M2 AWD are 202 to 243 (151 kW to 181 kW) and 223 to 263 (166 kW to 196 kW), respectively.

The C9.3 ACERT engine complies with Tier 4 Interim/Stage IIIB emissions standards utilizing the building blocks of ACERT technology. The technology combines refined fuel, air-management and electronic systems with the Cat NOx-Reduction System and Cat Clean Emissions Module (CEM). The innovative air-management system, using optimized turbocharging, works with the electronically controlled, common-rail fuel-injection system to provide extremely clean, efficient combustion and optimum fuel economy.

Emissions reduction
The Cat NOx-Reduction System captures and cools a small volume of exhaust gas, then returns the cooled gas to the combustion chamber to reduce nitrogen-oxide emissions. The CEM is an efficiently packaged aftertreatment unit that includes a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC), a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and the Cat Regeneration System (CRS). The no-maintenance DOC assists in reducing the hydrocarbon within the exhaust stream and the DPF Particulate Matter (PM), or soot.

Under most operating conditions, exhaust heat continually oxidizes particulate matter collected in the DPF through a process called passive regeneration. However, if conditions are such that supplemental regeneration is needed, the Cat Regeneration System (CRS) elevates exhaust gas temperatures to oxidize soot within the DPF. The CRS is designed to work transparently, occurring automatically without any interaction needed from the operator and regenerating when conditions are optimal.

Complementing low emissions, overall efficiency and fuel economy of the C9.3 engine is a hydraulically driven demand fan, which automatically adjusts its speed to match cooling needs. The fan reduces horsepower draw, which further boosts fuel economy and allows more power to the wheels. Also, a new swing-out cooling fan package, with an easy-open latch, allows quick access to coolers for fast cleaning.

Operator amenities
At the heart of the M Series 2 design is the Cat control system, which uses two electronic joysticks to provide complete, precise control of the machine. The control system results in nearly 80 percent fewer hand and wrist movements compared to conventional motor-grader controls; the net result is enhanced operator comfort and efficiency. The intuitive design helps both new and experienced operators be more productive.

The new M Series 2 motor graders also feature electronic vertical adjustment of the joystick control pods, allowing each operator to tailor joystick height for optimum control and comfort, resulting in greater productivity. Selectable blade lift speed modes allow more precise control to match lift response to the job. The spacious M Series 2 cab, with standard air conditioning, uses angled doors and a patented sloping rear window to afford excellent visibility to the heel and toe of the moldboard and to the ripper. In addition, a 250-amp alternator is available. To further promote jobsite safety, an optional rear-vision camera provides a crisp, wide-angle view of the area behind the machine.

Integrated Technologies
Beginning mid-2011, the M Series 2 models will offer the new Cat Grade Control Cross Slope system. Cat Grade Control is a complete machine control and guidance system which integrates traditional grade control with standard machine components at the factory. This optional factory-installed and calibrated cross slope system provides automatic cross slope control capability, ready to operate from the moment it leaves the factory. In addition, Cat Cross Slope is fully upgradeable and compatible with AccuGrade™ systems to grow with customers.

In addition to Cat Cross Slope, the M Series 2 motor graders will also continue to offer the AccuGrade Ready Option which provides all the mounting hardware, controls and harnesses for easy installation of all AccuGrade kits.

Motor grader users can also utilize Cat Product Link*, which allows remote monitoring of equipment to improve overall fleet-management effectiveness. Product Link is deeply integrated into machine systems. Events and diagnostic codes, as well as hours, fuel, idle time and other detailed information are transmitted to a secure web based application, VisionLink™. VisionLink includes powerful tools to convey information to users and dealers, including mapping, working and idle time, fuel level and more.

Drive train and hydraulics
Operators can closely match machine ground speed to the operating situation with the 8F/6R direct-drive powershift transmission, which uses the Cat Electronic Clutch Pressure Control system to modulate gear changes and Controlled Throttle Shifting for smooth directional changes without the inching pedal. Programmable Autoshift lets the operator match shift parameters to the application.

A manually controlled differential lock improves traction in adverse ground conditions. When engaged, an automatic system locks and unlocks the differential as required to optimize traction while protecting the tandem chains and differential from possible damage. Multi-disc brakes at each tandem wheel provide large braking surfaces for sure stops and long brake life.

The new M Series 2 models are equipped with an advanced electro-hydraulic system for implement control, featuring an independent oil supply to prevent contamination from other systems and to assure proper cooling for extended component life. The load-sensing hydraulic system delivers consistent, predictable cylinder response and provides balanced flow, allowing implements to be used simultaneously with minimal effect on implement and engine speeds.

Durable structures and DCM
The M Series 2 front frame uses continuous top- and bottom-plate construction for exceptional strength, and the rear frame features a robust box-section hitch design, cast axle mounting and integrated rear bumper for durability in the harshest applications, such as ripping.

The massive, one-piece, forged-steel circle is built to absorb high stress loads, and the circle-drive slip clutch reduces the potential for damage from horizontal shock loads. Six circle shoes keep the circle tighter, longer, to assure maximum control in finish-grading applications. The A-frame-type drawbar, using a tubular design for high strength and optimum durability, features a replaceable ball, removable shims (to compensate for wear) and top-adjust wear inserts.

The optimally shaped moldboard and large throat clearance keep material moving easily, resulting in less horsepower draw, more production and greater fuel efficiency. The moldboard side-shift system uses a well-protected cylinder mounted to the left to avoid snow-wing interference. A shim-less moldboard-retention system maintains blade adjustment over extended operating intervals for precise control. The retention system also permits easy adjustment or replacement of worn inserts to significantly reduce maintenance time.

 

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Volvo C-Series Graders Offer Premium Grading Solutions

Volvo Construction Equipment has a long legacy of expertise in supplying and supporting a range of motor graders in North America. When the G900 Series of Volvo motor graders was first introduced in 2006, the machines were already ahead of the curve, incorporating first-in-the-market features such as an 11-speed transmission, programmable auto-shift, shuttle shift and creep mode. Since then Volvo has continually updated the model range in response to customer demand, as well as the Volvo core values of safety, quality and environmental care – and is now recognized as the industry leader in operator comfort, stability and productivity.

The Tier 4 Final / Stage IV-compliant C-Series motor graders consists of four models — G930C, G940C, G946C (AWD) and G960C, catering to customers’ typical grading applications. The G900C motor graders are built in the Volvo Construction Equipment manufacturing facility in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania and will be offered to customers throughout North America and Europe.

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Volvo G946C scores top grades in demanding conditions

The heavy-duty G946C motor grader from Volvo Construction Equipment features a powerful Tier 4 Final/Stage IV-compliant engine and delivers the ultimate in performance and precision – whatever the ground conditions.

Whether operating in gravel or heavy clay, the robust Volvo G946C motor grader – available with an optional dozer blade or scarifier – performs with the superior accuracy and productivity that customers expect from Volvo Construction Equipment. The 38,510 lb (17,470 kg)  machine’s heavy-duty circle, moldboard and drawbar (with a blade pull at base of 24,957 lb  (15,177 kg)) provide a stable and reliable platform, for even and precise grading, while the ergonomic human-machine interface (HMI) helps the operator stay in control at all times.

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New Cat® M Series 3 Motor Graders Deliver Greater Fuel Efficiency

The new Cat® M Series 3 motor graders—12M3, 140M3, 160M3 and their all-wheel-drive (AWD) counterparts—bring the latest emissions reduction technology to the most durable, productive and comfortable graders on the market. The new models offer greater fuel efficiency, more operator comfort and safety features, as well as enhanced serviceability. M Series 3 motor graders meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emission standards.

Fuel Efficiency and Emissions Reduction
M Series 3 motor graders meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emission standards using emissions reduction technology that is designed to be transparent, with no action required by the operator. There is no need to stop for regeneration. The system uses Caterpillar’s proven aftertreatment solution with the addition of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR). SCR utilizes Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), which can be conveniently filled from ground level when the machine is fueled. Because of improved fuel economy over Tier 4 Interim and efficient use of DEF, M Series 3 motor graders deliver excellent overall fluid efficiency.

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Hexangular-shaped cab provides greater visibility for Komatsu grader

Komatsu’s GD655-5 motor grader is powered by their 218-hp SAA6D107E-1 engine and has a standard configuration weight of 35,351 pounds. The power train design positions the engine at the rear of the machine, which – along with the increased weight on the front axle – provides better control.

Komatsu engine technology provides a three-stage, 2-mode system that produces higher power with reduced fuel consumption. The three-stage system offers three levels of power from gear one through gear eight, producing more productivity with a 20 percent fuel consumption savings when compared to the previous model, and there is a choice of economy mode or power mode, depending on the work application. 

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Cat 120M2 and 12M2 Motor Graders

The Cat 120M2 and 12M2 motor graders – with their all-wheel-drive (AWD) counterparts, the 120M2 AWD and 12M2 AWD – are equipped with low-emitting, fuel-efficient engines meeting Tier 4 Interim emission standards and are designed for a broad range of tasks, including heavy blade work, road maintenance, snow removal and precision-finishing.  

Clean, powerful engines
The new M Series 2 models are powered by Cat VHP (variable horsepower) engines with ACERT Technology and all have wider net-horsepower ranges than their M Series predecessors. The 120M2 and 120M2 AWD use the C7.1 ACERT engine, and the 12M2 and 12M2 AWD the C9.3 ACERT engine. Maximum net power ratings for the new models, respectively, are 189 horsepower (141 kW), 209 horsepower (156 kW), 223 horsepower (166 kW) and 243 horsepower (181 kW).

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Volvo G900B-Series graders are the kings of traction

Volvo Construction Equipment’s new G900B-Series generation motor graders have new engines and a comprehensive package of features designed to aid traction, moldboard control, productivity and ease of use.

When it comes to grader productivity, what really matters is blade down pressure and blade pull force. The new G900B-Series generation of motor graders from Volvo Construction Equipment has the highest blade down pressure in each weight class, thanks to optimal overall machine balance and the distribution of the main grader components. That’s not all: the new four-model range features new engines, rugged frames, sophisticated transmissions and a package of innovations that sets the G900 B-Series at the forefront of the global motor grader market.

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Case launches B Series motor graders

Case Construction Equipment has introduced the Case 865B VHP motor grader, powered by a Case 6.7-liter engine operating at 178 to 205 net hp (133 to 153 kW) to match various application requirements and deliver optimum fuel efficiency. Its rear-mounted cab gives operators a commanding view of the complete moldboard and ground-engaging equipment.

An exclusive multi-radius, involute moldboard lets the Case 865B VHP motor grader move more material with less horsepower and less fuel than competitive models. 

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"The Best on Earth" wins award for Ontario company

A piece of Canadian history has been beautifully documented by a Canadian company. The commemorative was developed for Volvo Construction Equipment and the Town of Goderich following the closure of the motor grader manufacturing plant in the town. 

Copies of “The Best On Earth” history can be viewed at www.marketingstrategiesandsolutions.com/thebestonearth.pdf

Consisting of a keepsake booklet and DVD package along with posters and a full page advertisement in the Goderich newspaper, “The Best On Earth” program celebrated the many industry achievements and contributions of the facility and its people through 100 years of continuous operation. The booklet package was distributed to all current employees at the plant as well as retirees in the area.

The company that developed the program received an award for it from the Construction Writers Association (CWA), the association that represents journalists, public relations professionals and advertising agencies who service the North American construction industry.

Marketing Strategies & Solutions was commended by attendees at the annual awards ceremony for creating a package that was sensitive to the community’s pride and sense of loss at the time. In presenting the award, the CWA noted, “this was a nice way to say goodbye.” The booklet and DVDs are designed to preserve a valued part of community history, acknowledging the esteem its people earned through more than three generations and several changes in ownership. For many years, Goderich was known as “the grader capital of the world”.

Robert Adeland, President of Marketing Strategies & Solutions, acknowledges that the farewell booklet presented a unique and bittersweet challenge. “We were closing the door on an era for the Town of Goderich and for ourselves, as well,” he said. “We had worked alongside the Goderich grader people from our first day of business, and even before. It was a very emotional time for everyone.”

Adeland’s firm was the only Canadian company to receive a Marketing Communications award at the ceremony in Chicago. Marketing Strategies & Solutions specializes in business-to-business communications, with a strong client base in heavy industry, construction and transportation. Major clients in Canada and the United States include SENNEBOGEN America, Titan Trailers, Winkle Industries, SMS Rents, Sommers Motor Generator Sales, Ammann Compaction (Canada) and Champion Motor Graders. The agency also serves numerous manufacturers and business services local to Southern and Southwestern Ontario. 

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Volvo CE completes major expansion of heavy equipment production facilities in Pennsylvania, begins increased production

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has completed a $30 million, 200,000 square-foot expansion of its manufacturing facility in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, and is now in full production of its comprehensive heavy equipment line. The broad-scale expansion of the facility began in June of 2009 to improve manufacturing flow and increase production capacity to meet an anticipated growth in the demand for construction equipment in North America and to incorporate the full-line production of Volvo motor graders.

The new facility now covers 580,000 square feet of highly-efficient manufacturing capability, and is a major member of the worldwide Volvo Construction Equipment industrial operations spread across four continents. Employment has risen to approximately six hundred (600) at the expanded Pennsylvania industrial complex.

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Champion Motor Graders expanding in Canada with help of dealer

Champion Motor Graders’ compact graders are expanding their niche in Canadian equipment fleets thanks to expert customer support by its top dealer, Strongco Equipment.

Champion Motor Graders has proved for nearly 30 years that “bigger is not always better”. With the recent announcement of Mississauga based Strongco Equipment as Champion’s top dealer in North America, that message has clearly been getting through to Canadian buyers.

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