The new grader features options for tailoring to customer preferences and applications.
The Cat C7.1 engine uses up to 15 percent less fuel when paired with the standard ECO mode. There is a choice of joysticks or traditional steering wheel and lever controls. With 45 years of refinement, the traditional lever and steering wheel controls are familiar. The control console adjusts to the operator’s preference. With the option to integrate automatic grade control switches and buttons on the levers, full control is within arm’s reach. Joystick controls reduce hand and arm movement up to 78 percent. This enables the operator to work without the fatigue of added arm movement using joystick controls. Technology options are integrated into the joysticks to make it a seamless motion. The angled joystick cab provides extra blade visibility.
The new cab has a rear window design for better visibility, which can be supplemented with the Cat Detect Vision System. The heating and cooling system dehumidifies and pressurizes the cab, while circulating fresh air, sealing out dust, and keeping windows clear. Seat upgrades include air suspension, heated and cooled with air-adjusted side bolsters. View machine information and control Cat GRADE technology on the easy-to-read 10-inch (254 mm) colour monitor or touchscreen monitor.
A new filtration system reduces typical operating expenses up to 15 percent. Extended engine oil, hydraulic, and transmission filter change cycles keep the new 120 motor grader active on the job site. Service are faster with the filters in a central location. Filters are grouped together for easy access to do preventive maintenance quickly and move on to the next task. The circle drive slip clutch protects the pinion drive and circle teeth from potential damage. Reduce daily greasing requirements and costly repairs to the circle and pinion with the Circle Saver option. The grease fitting is easy to access and maintain. Labour costs are saved with wear inserts using the top adjust drawbar circle option for maximum tightness and precision grading.
Scalable Cat GRADE technologies provide grade control options for customers with different application requirements and budgets; which are all aimed at allowing operators to work faster and more accurately for increased productivity. Cat GRADE technologies include Cross Slope, Cross Slope Indicate, Digital Blade Slope Meter, and the Attachment-Ready Option, which integrates with grade control technologies. In addition, the optional Stable Blade system automatically slows the machine if the grade will be adversely affected by machine bounce.
When selecting the all-wheel drive option, the net power range is 145 to 189 hp (108 to 141 kW). Standard tandem power range is from 139 to 165 hp (104 to 123 kW). The all-wheel-drive system provides a front wheel only creep mode for precise grading. The all-wheel drive option assists with traction and manoeuvring in loose material. The increased power handles rough terrain for better productivity. Rippers and blades can expand the versatility of the machine by utilizing a variety of Cat Attachments. Each one is designed to fit the needs for improved performance, safety, and stability. For added operator safety, the standard secondary-steering system automatically activates should main-pump pressure drop. Source