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New Caterpillar M316 wheeled excavator delivers improved performance

January 12, 2021  By Rock to Road

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The new Cat M316 Next-Generation wheeled excavator features advanced hydraulics that the company says provides a balance of power and efficiency, offering the control needed for precise working requirements.

“Today’s M316 gets the job done faster with up to 14 per cent more swing torque, while auxiliary hydraulic options deliver the power and versatility to efficiently use a wide range of Cat attachments. Its dedicated swing pump provides consistent power to the machine for improved multitasking capabilities,” said the company.

The available deluxe and premium cab designs for the new M316 are more spacious and offer improved entry and exit 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 cut down on operator fatigue. The deluxe cab features a seat that is heated and air-adjustable, while the premium seat is heated and cooled, plus it adjusts automatically.

The new M316 excavator delivers improved visibility into the trench, in each swing direction and behind the machine with its low-profile engine hood design, large front, rear and side windows, and small cab pillars. Standard rearview and sideview cameras further improve visibility of the operating area.


Lower maintenance costs

Several design upgrades 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. Two-level fuel filtration helps to better protect diesel fuel purity to improve machine uptime reliability. The operator tracks filter life and maintenance intervals on the in-cab touchscreen monitor, aiding in machine maintenance planning.

Technology boosts efficiency

Standard Product Link technology on the new M316 wheeled excavator 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.

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