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Caterpillar launch next-generation M316 wheeled excavator

New Caterpillar M316 wheeled excavator

New Cat machine delivers improved performance, lower operating costs and simplified maintenance

ACCORDING to Caterpillar, the next-generation M316 wheeled excavator features advanced hydraulics, providing the optimum balance of power and efficiency whilst delivering the control needed for precise working requirements.

Quickly tackling a range of projects from utility work to general excavating to trenching, the M316 efficiently completes the task at hand thanks to a high travel speed of 35km/h (21.7mph) and up to 14% more swing torque.

The wheeled excavator also comes with a number of auxiliary hydraulic options to offer the power and versatility required to use a wide range of Cat attachment, whilst a dedicated swing pump provides consistent power for enhanced multitasking capabilities.

Powered by the Cat C4.4 engine with a 148hp (110kW) gross power rating, the M316 meets stringent US EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage V exhaust emissions standards.

One of the key features of the wheeled excavator is its operating simplicity. From remote machine start-up using a Bluetooth key fob to unique operator ID recognition and the programming of power mode and joystick preferences, the machine is easier to operate and intuitive than ever before.

Raising the standards in comfort and productivity, the available deluxe and premium cab designs for the M316 are more spacious and offer improved entry/exit through a new tip-up left control console and tilting steering column.

The deluxe cab features a heated and air-adjustable seat while the premium seat option can be heated/cooled and adjusts automatically. Advanced viscous mounts reduce vibration feedback to the cab by up to 50% to cut down on operator fatigue.

Overall visibility is enhanced with a low-profile engine hood design, large front, rear and side windows, and small cab pillars. Standard rear-view and sideview cameras further improve visibility of the operating area.

A host of Next Gen upgrades have been built into M316 wheeled excavator to provide up to 10% savings in maintenance costs, compared with the M316F.

All fuel filters, for example, have a synchronized, 1,000h change interval, doubling the filter life, while a new hydraulic oil filter delivers improved filtration and a 50% longer change interval at 3,000 operating hours for reduced maintenance. In addition, the M316 has two-level fuel filtration which helps to better protect diesel fuel purity, improving machine uptime reliability.

Standard Cat Product Link technology on the new M316 excavator connects the machine wirelessly to the office, allowing fleet managers to monitor operating data such as location, hours, fuel use, productivity, idle time and diagnostics codes through VisionLink or the Cat app.

New remote diagnostic tools, in the form of Remote Troubleshoot, combined with machine-monitoring benefits will allow Cat dealer technicians to detect potential issues by analyzing real-time machine data (captured by Product Link), thereby increasing machine efficiency, optimizing performance and reducing downtime.

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