Integrated technology solutions make Cat 14M3 motor grader even more productive
The 14M3 features a full suite of integrated technology solutions that improve operator performance and productivity, while reducing operating costs. Caterpillar says that the 14M3, compared to its predecessor model, has a larger engine, increased fuel efficiency, improved machine balance, enhanced transmission performance, more powerful telematics and added operator safety and convenience features.
The fully scalable, factory-integrated Cat GRADE with Cross Slope system allows operators to easily maintain desired cross slope by automatically controlling one side of the blade, ensuring the targeted slope is always met.
Using this system is even easier with the new, larger Message Display fully integrated into the front dash, providing better visibility to the cross slope performance screen and in direct line-of-sight to the blade. Now, whether using cross slope in the automatic mode or as manual indicate-only, operators have a clear view of critical slope information required during operation.
In conjunction with Cat GRADE with Cross Slope, the Cat Advanced Control Joysticks allow the operator to easily manipulate any Cat GRADE or AccuGrade blade control system while maintaining control of all other machine and implement functions. The joysticks can also be configured for use with auxiliary functions, such as snow wing control, for more effective and safer snow removal operations. They come standard with Cat GRADE with Cross Slope or can be ordered as a stand-alone attachment.
Stable Blade: anti-bounce system is first of its kind for a motor grader
The newly patented Stable Blade feature detects and minimizes machine bounce by automatically controlling the throttle during operation, with no operator intervention required. The system helps eliminate rework, saving time and reducing fuel burn.
Auto Articulation combines two functions into one by automatically articulating with steering input. This improves the ability to maneuver in tight working spaces.
The Cat Product Link telematics system allows remote monitoring of machine location, fuel usage, machine performance and fault codes via the secure VisionLink user interface.
A whole slew of features
A Cat C13 ACERT engine replaces the C11 used in the predecessor model, providing up to 8 percent more power and 8 percent more torque. It features a standard ECO mode that boosts fuel economy by limiting high idle speed to 1,750 rpm in working gears, while still maintaining lugging power. The standard Variable Horsepower system is designed to effectively match power requirements in all gears, and the Consistent Power To Ground feature automatically changes engine power levels to compensate for cooling fan speed variations, providing consistent power delivery in all ambient temperatures and working conditions. The C13 ACERT engine is available in three versions to suit emissions standards in the area of use. All emissions solutions are transparent to the operator and do not interrupt working cycles.
An engine over-speed protection system prevents downshifting at excessive ground speeds. Under-speed protection prevents the engine from stalling by automatically downshifting the transmission at lower ground speeds, allowing recovery to peak torque levels.
The standard automatic differential lock disengages and re-engages automatically when threshold parameters are met, simplifying operation and protecting the powertrain.
The 8F/6R power-shift transmission has a wide operating range. This means greater flexibility and productivity in a range of applications.
The Cat Advanced Productivity Electronic Control Strategy (APECS) improves gear-to-gear shifting, through improved software intelligence that maintains consistent torque and smooths out the shift points.
The Shuttle Shift feature enables directional shifts without slowing engine speed or using the inching pedal, and an available Autoshift system allows programming shift points to best match requirements of specific applications.
Standard blade float feature allows the entire blade to follow the ground contour, or the toe of the blade can follow a hard surface, while the remaining cylinder is controlled manually. A 14-foot (4.3-m) moldboard is standard; a 16-foot (4.9-m) version is optional. There is also a range of cutting edges and bits available, as well as a three-shank ripper, scarifier, snow plow and snow-wing.
Keeping the operator and grader productive
There have been improvements to the lumbar and thigh supports of the Cat Comfort Series seat and options include heat and/or ventilation capability and an seat belt indicator. There are more and better storage areas throughout the cab to keep those must-have items at hand, and the high-capacity HVAC system pressurizes and dehumidifies the cab for comfort in all weather conditions.
The operator has excellent all-around visibility through the large windows but if even greater and easier visibility to the rear is desired, there is an optional rearview camera available.
Selectable blade-lift modes – fine, normal, and coarse – match blade control to the application, and the Return-to-Center system automatically restores straight-frame travel from any articulation angle.
A series of patented, easily installed “top-adjust” metallic or nonmetallic wear strips ensure that drawbar-circle-moldboard components maintain a “factory-tight” condition. The metallic wear strips are recommended for heavier applications like quarry or mining where durability is key. An adjustable circle drive also assists in maintaining assembly tightness.