Cat's wheeled excavator optimized for waste

  • 17-Jul-2013 01:31 EDT

Caterpillar's M318D MH waste handler features a purpose-built undercarriage that preserves the rugged strength of the conventional M318D MH undercarriage but adapts the structure to the machine's specialized application.

Caterpillar's M318D MH waste handler is a wheeled excavator designed specifically for use in work areas with limited space indoors or outdoors, whether overhead or adjacent to the machine. This new configuration, which Cat says "meets accepted industry criteria to ensure safe operation and high production when working in close quarters," incorporates significant undercarriage and boom modifications, while retaining the proven features of its conventional M318D MH counterpart: fuel-efficient Cat C6.6 ACERT engine, load-sensing hydraulics, dedicated swing pump, heavy-duty axles, stabilizer configurations, and spacious cab with optional joystick steering.

The M318D MH waste handler version features a purpose-built undercarriage that preserves the rugged strength of the conventional M318D MH undercarriage but adapts the structure to the machine's specialized application. The heavy-duty swing-bearing tower is now centered on the undercarriage, placing it equidistant from axles and stabilizers for symmetry and optimum balance, whether working over the front or rear. In addition, the tower is larger to accommodate the hydraulic cab-riser swing bearing. The new compact undercarriage is compatible with all sticks and booms available, including MH, standard, and one-piece booms.

A new boom for the M318D MH waste handler is now available to fit the machine to its tasks. The new boom has a shorter pin-to-pin length of 5.35 m (17.55 ft), compared with the conventional M318D MH's dimension of 6.4 m (21 ft). This compact material-handling boom, designed for use either with the 4200-mm (13.78-ft) stick or the 4900-mm (16.1-ft) drop nose stick, features a welded box-section design with thick multiplate fabrications in high stress areas for improved durability.

These modifications ensure that the waste handler meets all dimensional requirements and allows the new configuration to maintain a competitive edge in reach, height, and lifting capacity. Cat says the machine delivers more working power than its competitors, having a net engine-power rating of 124 kW (168 hp), main hydraulic pressure (implement circuit) of 350 bar (5076 psi), and a rated hydraulic flow of 290 L/min (77 gal/min) for the implement and 112 L/min (29 gal/min) for the swing.

An optional waste handling package specifically equips the machine to work efficiently in waste transfer stations or other dusty applications. The option features an automatic, hydraulically driven fan that cleans debris from the radiator by periodically reversing airflow after a specified interval (from two to 60 minutes, set manually at the monitor). A dense wire-mesh hood complements the automatic fan by facilitating optimum cooling and reducing radiator clogging, and a new seal has been added around the engine hood. For added engine protection, a precleaner separates and ejects debris from engine intake air before the air reaches the machine's primary air cleaner.

For efficiency and low-cost operation, the machine's C6.6 engine is electronically controlled to maintain consistent net power in all operating situations. Electronic control, coupled with the engine's common-rail fuel system, helps reduce fuel consumption, whether the machine is working or traveling. Added fuel savings result from the reversible cooling fan, which is also an electronically controlled, on-demand type that automatically adjusts its speed based on coolant and hydraulic-oil temperature.

For increased durability, the cab uses heavy steel tubing around its exterior bottom perimeter for resistance to fatigue and vibration. This design also allows a falling-objects guard to be bolted directly to the frame, but the guard can be raised easily for convenient windshield cleaning. A rearview camera is standard and displays images on the in-cab monitor.

As with other Caterpillar wheeled material handlers, the M318D MH waste handler can be equipped with a quick coupler and a range of specialized work tools. The new configuration's overall design retains ground-level access to routine maintenance points, including remote grease points.

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