Caterpillar cuts operating costs with new motor grader


Caterpillar has combined high performance with low operation costs in its latest motor grader.

Drawing on 45 years of refinement, the new 140 GC is equipped with a powerful in-house C.71 engine offering between 131kW and 147kW (176-196hp) and will be available for distribution in Africa, Middle East, Turkey, South America, China, India, Indonesia.

Complementing the engine is an automatic power-shift transmission including six forward gears and three reverse gears as well as an upgraded hydraulic system to ensure balanced performance in diverse operating conditions.

Oil-bath, multi-disc service brakes are hydraulically actuated for smooth, predictable braking and lower operating costs, while a circle-drive slip-clutch option protects the pinion drive and circle teeth from damage.

Fuel consumption can be reduced by making use of the Eco operating mode and demand-fan, while extended maintenance intervals on the machine help cut costs further.

The 140 GC’s standard no-spin differential activates with no operator input to increase traction in poor ground conditions and to protect drive-train components from damage. The optional Digital Blade Slope Meter takes the guesswork out of slope control and keeps the jobsite safer by eliminating manual grade checks. Cat Detect with Vision System (optional) uses a rearview camera to show a wide view behind the machine.

Weighing 17,390kg (38,338 lb), the motor grader has been designed to enable operators of all skill levels to quickly become proficient drivers of it and includes optional comfort features such as adjustable seats and efficient heating/cooling systems.

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