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New 140M2 grader joins Cat line-up at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011

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New 140M2 grader joins Cat line-up
The Cat 140M2 grader offers a wider horsepower range for enhanced productivity.

More than a dozen new Caterpillar machines made their North American debut at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011, including the 140M2 all-wheel-drive grader.

The newest grader models from Cat are the 140M2 and the 160M2, along with their all-wheel-drive (AWD) counterparts, the 140M2 AWD and 160M2 AWD. They are equipped with engines meeting Tier 4 Interim/Stage IIIB emissions standards. The company said that new models also deliver added value for the customer by lowering operating costs and enhancing productivity, operator convenience and serviceability. M Series 2 models are designed for a broad range of tasks, including heavy blade work, road maintenance, ripping and precision-finishing applications.

They feature emissions reduction technology from the Cat NOx-Reduction System, which captures and cools a small volume of exhaust gas, then returns the cooled gas to the combustion chamber to reduce nitrogen-oxide emissions.

At the heart of the M Series 2 design is the Cat control system, whose two electronic joysticks are designed provide complete, precise control of the machine. The company claims that the control system results in nearly 80% fewer hand and wrist movements compared to conventional motor-grader controls; it says that the net result is enhanced operator comfort and efficiency.

The new M Series 2 motor graders also feature electronic vertical adjustment of the joystick control pods, allowing each operator to tailor joystick height. Selectable blade lift speed modes allow more precise control to match lift response to the job.

Other features include optional anti-icing glass for the windshield and right door to keep their surfaces clear in cold weather.

Booth: N-1913