Caterpillar’s new material handler balances power and efficiency  

Caterpillar's new MH3050 material handler
Caterpillar's new MH3050 material handler

Cat is expanding its material handler lineup with new MH3050, which features a 48-tonne operating weight and 18-metre maximum reach.

The machine is equipped with an advanced electrohydraulic system that optimizes the balance of power and efficiency, improving cycle times to handle more material in the same amount of time.

The next generation material handler is powered by a 258 hp Cat C9.3B engine and able to operate on up to B20 biodiesel. The engine meets Stage V and Tier 4 Final emissions standards, and the maintenance-free aftertreatment system lowers operating costs and maximizes uptime.

Fine-tune power requirements to the task at hand with the choice between Power, Smart and Economy modes, lowering fuel consumption without sacrificing machine performance.  

Boom and stick offerings combine to provide up to 18 metres of reach, allowing operators to move more material without repositioning the machine.

The MH3050 also offers high swing torque to quickly move material. SmartBoom the boom to freely travel up and down without using pump flow, which enables the operator to focus on stick and grapple control for a more fuel-efficient cycle.

A range of attachments are available increasing operating flexibility as well as an optional 25 kW generator is available ex-factory for magnet applications.

Packed with tech

The Cat MH3050 material handler is equipped with several tech features as standard, including:

  • E-fence prevents the machine from moving outside operator defined envelopes
  • Cab Avoidance stops any potential contact between the attachment and the cab
  • Cat Payload helps to achieve precise load targets to improve operating efficiency. The operator can pick up a load of material (with grapple and clamshell attachments) and get a real-time weight estimate without swinging.
  • Operator ID stops the machine from unauthorized use by requiring a PIN code to start the engine.
  • Product Link captures operating data such as location, hours, fuel usage, productivity, idle time, maintenance alerts and fault codes, which can be remotely accessed and tracked to boost fleet management efficiency

To enhance visibility, the material handler features large tempered glass windows with small pillars on the reengineered cab design. As well, right-side and rear-view cameras, with the option to upgrade to 360-degree vision, further improve visibility. For low light operation, the machine is equipped with 1,800-lumen LED lights on the chassis, boom and stick, offering greater safety and full visibility while operating in the dark.

A ground-level shutoff switch stops all fuel to the engine and shuts down the machine. Boom and stick lowering check valves prevent reverse oil flow in the event of unexpected loss of hydraulic pressure to keep the front linkage securely in place.

Material handler cab

The MH3050 material handler is equipped with a premium cab that includes joystick steering to improve forward visibility, legroom and ease of cab entry.

All controls are positioned in front of and within easy reach of the operator to avoid unnecessary movements. A large, 254-mm high-resolution touchscreen monitor with jog-dial offers easy navigation of operator controls.

The hydraulic cab riser, with new dampening system, improves all-around visibility and provides cushion from external vibrations.

Extended filter change intervals

The new hydraulic oil filter improves filtration and increases change intervals to 3,000 operating hours, more than 50 per cent longer than previous designs.

As well, a new anti-drain valves keep the hydraulic oil clean during filter replacement. Fuel filter change intervals are now coordinated to 1,000 operating hours to reduce maintenance requirements.

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Operators can track filter life and maintenance intervals on the in-cab high-resolution monitor.

A standard autolube system simplifies maintenance by automatically keeping the machine greased from the swing bearing and cab riser to the stick end.

Eliminating the need for operator interaction, the cooling fan features a standard automatic reverse function to keep the cores clean, maximizing machine uptime.