Cat unveils MH3040 Materials Handler: New 40-tonner is quicker, boasts next-gen cab, new controls (VIDEO)

In 2015 Caterpillar discontinued its largest materials handler, the M325D L MH. Since then clients have been asking Cat for a mannequin to fill the hole left by that machine’s elimination from the lineup. That’s the place the model new 40-metric-ton MH3040 is available in.

The MH3040 is a big improve over its predecessor in additional methods than one—a machine that has the potential to make you extra money whereas costing you much less to do it.

Our video on the MH3040 has all the main points on this new machine. Or in the event you desire textual content, learn on after the break.

Cat didn’t essentially begin from scratch when growing the MH3040. Whereas this machine advantages enormously from the structure of Cat’s next-generation excavator lineup, as a result of how a lot clients beloved the M325D L MH, the inspiration of the brand new machine is fairly acquainted.

The undercarriage, entrance buildings and cab risers are all the identical as these discovered on the M325D L MH. Cat carried these parts over to the brand new machine as a result of they’re essential to the essential performance of those machines they usually’ve confirmed themselves when it comes to sturdiness and reliability over the course of about twenty years.

Nevertheless, Cat additionally took these established parts and made a number of upgrades for his or her placement within the MH3040.

First off, Cat made some tweaks and enhancements to the undercarriage due to this new machine’s added weight and its improved hydraulic energy. The MH3040 weighs in at 84,940 kilos, a few 3 or 4 ton—or 9 p.c—improve over the M325D L MH.

On the growth and stick, Cat made some enhancements to the geometry of those entrance buildings to make the MH3040 simpler to move. You may really load and haul this machine with out taking the stick off by folding it beneath, and when you’ll nonetheless have to take away the grapple, having the ability to preserve the stick on when trailering will prevent a variety of time.

Talking of the entrance buildings, Cat will supply one materials handler growth on the MH3040 and two drop nostril stick choices. The lengthy drop nostril stick is aimed primarily at scrap functions and it gives you a attain of 50 toes, 10 inches. For mill yards and log loading functions there’s a brief stick that gives you a attain of 47 toes.

Normal on the stick, growth and cab of this machine are 1,800-lumen LED lights that present nice lighting for nighttime work. And if you’ll want to energy a magnet, Cat gives an optionally available 20kW generator.

One other word on the entrance buildings, Cat has bolstered the stick, growth and different high-stress areas of the machine with multi-plate fabrications, castings and forgings.

Other than the growth, stick and cab risers, the remainder of the higher portion of the MH3040 is constructed on Cat’s next-gen excavator platform.

One of many issues Cat heard from materials handler clients is that whereas they beloved the facility and sturdiness of the M325D L MH, they wished it had been a bit of extra gasoline environment friendly. So, within the MH3040, Cat has dropped in a brand new Tier 4 Last Cat C7.1 engine. And whereas the 202 horsepower it delivers is a pair fewer than what the Tier 3 C7 managed on the M325D L MH, the brand new engine’s aftertreatment requires no upkeep or downtime and makes use of as much as 25 p.c much less gasoline. The engine can be able to operating as much as B20 biodiesel.

The cooling package deal on the MH3040 can be new with electro-hydraulic, auto-reversing followers customary. You’ll be capable to manually activate these followers as nicely, or set them to toggle by a timer.

Because of the improved hydraulic system on the MH3040, swing velocity is now 12 p.c quicker than it was on the M325D L MH. Plus, operators can toggle between two optimized hydraulic modes: if gasoline consumption is your precedence, you possibly can toggle on Good Mode which robotically matches engine and hydraulic energy to your working situations. But when you’ll want to maximize productiveness, you possibly can swap on Energy Mode to squeeze the utmost quantity of energy potential from the machine.


Subsequent-gen cab

As a result of this machine is essentially derived from the Cat next-gen excavator platform, the cab is all new and similar to what you’ll discover on new excavators just like the 395.

It’s a bigger, extra spacious and quieter cab that additionally gives elevated visibility. Entry is made simpler due to a tilt up left console. Cat has redone the format of the controls to ensure every part is in entrance of you so that you’re not reaching behind you for the radio or to regulate the air. There’s additionally an air suspension seat with headrest, that’s each heated and ventilated.

With this cab design, Cat has managed to cut back the scale of the pillars for bigger home windows. And for much more visibility, Cat features a rearview and a proper hand aspect digital camera customary.

These digital camera feeds and machine diagnostics are fed into a brand new 10-inch touchscreen show. This new show additionally enables you to dial in your most well-liked management settings for the MH3040’s joystick-based electro-hydraulic management system. And people settings may be saved to your private operator ID which you’ll rapidly name up through the monitor as nicely.

Talking of controls, you’ll discover that there isn’t a steering wheel within the cab. This machine is solely managed through the joysticks. Cat says it removed the steering wheel to offer extra visibility, to make it simpler to get into and out of the cab and to offer extra legroom for operators who’re spending enormous chunks of time operaitng this machine.



A major piece to the MH3040’s story is the enhancements to the upkeep of this machine. Proper off the highest, Cat says in the event you’re coming from a M325D L MH, your upkeep prices may very well be lower by as much as 20 p.c.

The entire gasoline filters on this machine are on a synchronized 1,000-hour interval. The brand new air consumption filter with precleaner additionally has a 1,000-hour change interval, and the change interval on the brand new hydraulic oil filter has elevated by 50 p.c to each 3,000 hours. Cat has additionally carried out new anti-drain valves that preserve the hydraulic oil clear throughout filter alternative.

You may monitor filter life and upkeep intervals via the in-cab show and on your day by day checks, the MH3040 has a brand new right-hand-side service entry level for straightforward refueling and engine oil checks.