‘Versatile’ Cat next gen wheeled excavator lands

CATERPILLAR has announced the launch of its new M316 next generation wheeled excavator.

The manufacturer revealed the machines offer up to 14% more swing torque, while auxiliary hydraulic options deliver the power and versatility to ‘efficiently use a wide range of Cat attachments’. A dedicated swing pump is said to provide consistent power for improved multitasking capabilities.

Suitable for projects such as utility work, general excavating and trenching, the machine’s high travel speed reaches 35km/h. The model is powered by a Cat C4.4 engine, which meets EU Stage V regulations.

Operators can programme power mode and joystick configuration to their preferences, while auto axle lock detects when the service brake must be locked or unlocked and releases it automatically when the travel pedal is pressed.

Cat said the machine’s new hydraulic oil filter delivers improved filtration and a 50% longer change interval at 3,000 operating hours for reduced maintenance. Two-level fuel filtration helps protect diesel fuel purity to improve uptime reliability.