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Caterpillar introduces material handler designed to reduce operating costs

The company says the Cat MH3026 material handler offers high performance with lower operating costs.

January 24, 2022

Construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, Deerfield, Illinois, has launched the Cat MH3026 material handler. The company says the loader is designed to provide superior performance, low operating costs and improved operator efficiency. 

According to a news release from Caterpillar, the material handler is powered by the Cat C7.1 engine, capable of operating on up to B20 biodiesel and meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final Tier 4 emission standards. The company says the engine’s maintenance-free aftertreatment system lowers operating costs and maximizes machine uptime. It also offers the choice between power and economy modes, offering up to 10 percent lower fuel usage than previous models without sacrificing machine performance.

The company says the loader has Standard Product Link, which captures operating data such as location, hours, fuel usage, productivity, idle time, maintenance alerts and fault codes, which can be remotely accessed and tracked to boost fleet management efficiency.

The loader also features an electrohydraulic system the company says optimizes the balance of power and efficiency, improving cycle times to handle more material in the same amount of time. The new hydraulic oil filter improves filtration and increases change intervals to 3,000 operating hours and lasts 50 percent longer than previous designs. New anti-drain valves keep the hydraulic oil clean during filter replacement. 

All engine filters feature a coordinated 1,000-operating-hour change interval. The air intake filter with precleaner lasts up to 1,000 hours to reduce maintenance requirements, according to Caterpillar.

The vehicle’s cooling fan features a standard automatic reverse function to keep the cores clean, maximizing machine uptime. An optional vibrating cooling screen activates during reverse fan operation to further improve dust and debris removal.

For more information about the new Cat MH3026 material handler, click here.