Cat 24 mo­tor grader

Cater­pil­lar has in­tro­duced the new Cat 24 mo­tor grader

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Cat says the 24 mo­tor grader is a high­per­for­mance ma­chine built for con­struc­tion and main­te­nance of mine roads for medium to large min­ing op­er­a­tions. The grader fea­tures a mod­u­lar de­sign, with com­po­nents able to be swapped out quickly, easily and safely.

The 24 is pow­ered by a Tier 4 Fi­nal Cat C27 ACERT diesel and can pro­vide a 15 per cent low-end torque boost over the pre­vi­ous model. The grader’s au­to­matic power shift trans­mis­sion uses Cat’s pro­pri­etary Ad­vanced Elec­tronic Con­trol Strat­egy (APECS) to en­sure smooth gear changes and ex­tend the life of its com­po­nents. The Cat 24 has re­ceived an 11 per cent in­crease in ma­chine weight over pre­vi­ous mod­els, re­sult­ing in a greater blade down pres­sure and in­creased trac­tion. This in turn helps to main­tain a con­sis­tent ground speed, es­pe­cially when car­ry­ing a large load.

As men­tioned, the new grader has a mod­u­lar de­sign that greatly re­duces the downtime as­so­ci­ated with re­plac­ing parts and main­te­nance in­ter­vals for the trans­mis­sion, hy­draulic fil­ter and en­gine air fil­ter have been dou­bled.

The grader has re­ceived a num­ber of safety en­hance­ments in­clud­ing mini-plat­forms, walk­ways, grab han­dles, non-slip steps, se­cure handrails and hand­holds. The Cat 24 also fea­tures 15 strate­gi­cally lo­cated tie-off points to pro­tect tech­ni­cians dur­ing ser­vice op­er­a­tions.

A num­ber of au­to­mated fea­tures pro­tect the Cat 24 from op­er­a­tor or main­te­nance er­rors in­clud­ing en­gine un­der­speed/over­speed mon­i­tor­ing, trans­mis­sion slip de­tect, ar­tic­u­la­tion eS­top, im­ple­ment lock­out and fluid mon­i­tor­ing.

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