Caterpillar’s new wheeled excavator boasts advanced hydraulics

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Caterpillar has equipped its new M316 next generation wheeled excavator with advanced hydraulics, to provide an optimum balance of power and efficiency.

The new M316 delivers up to 14 per cent more swing torque, while auxiliary hydraulic options deliver the power to efficiently use a wide range of Cat attachments. As well, its dedicated swing pump provides consistent power to the machine for improved multitasking capabilities.

With a travel speed of 35 km per hour, the wheeled excavator is also able to quickly travel between jobsites, so it spends more time working.  

The Cat C4.4 engine enables the wheeled excavator to efficiently complete tasks in multiple markets with its standard high-ambient temperature capability of 52 C and low cold-start capability of -18 C. The fuel-efficient, 148-hp engine meets Tier 4 Final emission standards.

To simplify operation of the wheeled excavator, the M316 can be started via push button, Bluetooth key fob or operator ID. Machine controls are easy to use and navigate with the new large, 24 cm touchscreen monitor or with the jog-dial control.

Using the unique ID, operators can program power mode and joystick configuration to their preferences, and the wheeled excavator remembers each operator’s settings on start-up.

Furthermore, auto axle lock detects when the service brake must be locked or unlocked and releases it automatically when the travel pedal is pressed, reducing the number of actions required by the operator.

The available deluxe and premium cab designs for the new M316 are more spacious and offer improved entry through the new tip-up left control console and tilting steering column. Advanced viscous mounts reduce vibration feedback to the cab by up to 50 per cent to reduce operator fatigue. The deluxe cab also features a seat that is heated and air-adjustable, while the premium seat is heated, cooled and adjusts automatically.

Improved view

With a low-profile engine hood design, large front, rear and side windows and small cab pillars, the M316 wheeled excavator delivers improved visibility into the trench, each swing direction and behind the machine. The excavator is also equipped with standard rearview and sideview cameras to further improve visibility of the operating area.

Next gen design

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Numerous next generation design upgrades from Caterpillar allow the new M316 wheeled excavator to provide up to 10 per cent savings in maintenance compared to the M316F.

All fuel filters have a synchronized, 1,000-hour change interval, doubling the filter life. Its new hydraulic oil filter delivers improved filtration and a 50 per cent longer change interval at 3,000 operating hours for reduced maintenance. To protect diesel fuel purity, two-level fuel filtration is included. The operator tracks filter life and maintenance intervals on the in-cab touchscreen monitor, aiding in machine maintenance planning.

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A ground-level shut-off switch stops all fuel to the engine and shuts down the machine, enhancing servicing safety. All daily maintenance checkpoints are made from ground level, improving convenience and safety for service technicians. Caterpillar’s SOS ports are also accessed from ground level for sample fluid extraction, simplifying maintenance. Anti-skid punch plate stairs provide access to the upper-level service platform and to help prevent slipping.

Tech boost

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Standard Product Link technology on the new M316 provides managers with critical machine operating data such as location, hours, fuel usage, idle time and diagnostics codes to boost fleet management efficiency.

Reported excavator data is conveniently accessed on demand wherever an internet connection is available through VisionLink or the Cat App. New remote diagnostics tools available for the M316 help save service trips to the jobsite to increase machine servicing efficiency.

Remotely performing diagnostics testing without impacting machine productivity, new Remote Troubleshoot allows dealer technicians to detect potential issues by analyzing real-time machine data captured by Product Link. C

ompanies can now download and install the most current version of on-board software for the M316 when it’s most convenient using new Remote Flash technology, so it delivers maximum performance with minimum downtime.