Caterpillar packs more power into PM300 series cold planers

A PM300 cold planer at work

Caterpillar has updated its PM300 cold planer series to deliver more milling power and improved containment of material. 

The PM300 series excels in small to medium applications where a compact and manoeuvrable machine with high production capabilities is required.

The cold planer series includes the PM310, PM312 and PM313.

The latest PM300 models integrate the Cat C9.3B engine, which increases gross power and available torque, based on standard performance testing.

Delivering 343 hp, the Cat C9.3B is available in configurations that meet Tier 4 Final, Stage V, Korea Stage V or Brazil MAR-1 emission standards.

The Cat C9.3B engine features lower complexity and improved electronic, fuel and air systems. Easier access to engine oil filters simplifies maintenance, while multi piece, cartridge-style engine filters reduce waste and lower replacement costs.

The latest cold planers also include a redesign of the transition flashing between primary and loading conveyors. This improves containment of material and reduces build-up on the front machine frame. 

Further containment of material is achieved through feature enhancements to the right-hand side plate, chamber-to-conveyor sealing and loading conveyor belt sealing. Track deflectors positioned in front of the drive motors offer added protection from debris impact and build-up to improve service life.

A new adjustable on-screen guidance line feature for the left-hand camera now allows operators to track the cutting edge from either side of the machine. Ground personnel can also now control the obstacle jump capability from the rear ground controls to improve milling efficiency.

Wide-dispersion LED working and LED roading light options for the PM310, PM312 and PM313 improve safety and visibility during milling and transportation around the jobsite. Offering the ability to be stowed when not in use, an exhaust deflector option redirects exhaust away from buildings and ground personnel to improve the working environment. 

The optional dust abatement ducting has been redesigned to further increase sealing and suction.