Cat® MH3022 and MH3024 Wheeled Material Handlers Deliver Added Performance, Operator Convenience, Lower Operating Costs

For Release in Australia & New Zealand: January 2016 
Release Number: 18PR16

The new Cat® MH3022 and MH3024 are the smallest models in the new Caterpillar line of wheeled material handlers in the greater-than-20-ton size class. Building on the solid reputation of their predecessor models, the M318D MH and M322D MH, the MH3022 and MH3024 feature a new engine and redesigned hydraulic system that combine to reduce fuel consumption by up to 10 percent. Redesign of the cab and cab access, added lighting, and vision-enhancing cameras promote greater safety, comfort, and convenience for the operator, and a wide choice of dedicated front linkages, attachments, guards, and undercarriages allow the new purpose-built models to work productively and durably in industrial, scrap-recycling, mill-yard, and waterway applications.

Intensive field surveys help Caterpillar continuously improve the design of wheeled material handlers for low-cost operation and maximum customer value, while maintaining proven Cat quality, reliability, and features, such as the Cat Smartboom™, load-sensing hydraulics, dedicated swing pump, and large working envelope.

Fuel Efficiency and Sustainability

The MH3022 and MH3024 use the Cat C7.1 ACERTTM engine, rated at 169 horsepower (126kW), and have operating weights of 22.7 and 25.7 metric tons (50,045 and 56,659 lbs.), respectively.

The engine meets US EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emission standards and features refinements that yield added torque and faster response to changes in load. With a durable, field proven design, the engine now integrates an emissions aftertreatment system, which requires no attention other than periodically replenishing the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank.

Emissions technology includes the Cat NOx-reduction system, selective catalytic reduction, diesel oxidation catalyst, diesel particulate filter (DPF), and high-pressure/common-rail fuel system. The DPF features passive regeneration which does not require operator intervention and causes no interruption in the work cycle. The design of the engine and the aftertreatment system results in low fluid consumption for new models, conserving both fuel and DEF to lower operating costs.

An engine-idle shutdown system saves fuel by shutting down the engine when it has been idling for a preset amount of time.  In addition, the Eco Mode has been refined and reduces engine speed with no reduction of power, providing reduced fuel consumption with no compromise in performance.

A new electronically controlled hydraulic system combines with new medium-pressure pumps and new fan pump to enhance hydraulic response and reduce overall load on the engine for greater fuel efficiency. The optional Cat Bio HYDO™ Advanced hydraulic oil and bio-diesel blends up to B20 can be used without reducing the life of these systems.

Comfort and Safety

The exterior of the new models has been completely restyled, including a new operator station, featuring higher pressurization, larger door with added glass, new windshield with parallel wipers, new mirrors (with a heated option), new rain visor and light protectors, larger skylight, standard rearview camera (housed in the redesigned counterweight), and a right-side camera with a separate in-cab monitor. The new one-piece windshield and top window with thicker laminated glass (10mm / 0.4”) fulfills EN356 P5A standards. For even further protection, 26mm (1”) high resistant laminated glass for windshield and cab windows is also offered.

Cabin front and top guards are still available for additional operator protection when required and can be bolted directly on the cab.

Entering and exiting the cabin is now easier with redesigned three access steps and a newly design door handrail. A fourth step is integrated directly into the skirt of the upper carriage, just below the cab door. Inside the cabin, the left-hand console tilts to facilitate entering and leaving the seat, and the console includes an integral safety lever. A ladder is also available for Material Handling Undercarriages as an option. The ladder, bolted on the rear end of the cab access steps, stands before the rear tire (right side of the machine), allowing straight access into the cab when the upper carriage is positioned at 90°, with no restriction on the wide oscillation offered by the front axle.

Also new is the steering wheel, which is height adjustable and features a tilting column. The new cabin has an interior sound level of just 71 dB(A), and vibration levels have been reduced.

The standard lighting package for the new models, now includes a counterweight light (enhancing the rearview camera function at night), three cabin-mounted lights, and light on the boom as well as new stick lights. Standard LED lights replace the previous halogen working lights for enhanced illumination, lower power consumption, and longer life. Optional guards are available on the front linkage lights for applications in which falling and flying debris are hazards. Two counterweights are available to match application needs, increase stability, and provide great lift capacities.

The MH3022 and MH3024 also incorporate a PIN-code anti-theft system. For operator convenience during short breaks in production, the system remembers the last code entered before engine shutdown and allows that code to remain active for a period of time.

Easy to operate, maintain and service

An automatic system, when enabled by the operator, senses machine parameters and locks the axle-oscillation function and sets the service brakes, readying the machine to work. This feature reduces operator fatigue by removing the need to constantly press the brake pedal and results in added productivity. Brake and axle lock are automatically released when the operator presses the travel pedal again. Also, a new travel-lock system, engaged via the switch panel, combines implement-stop and swing-lock functions.

The engine, as in predecessor models, is longitudinally mounted with the cooling package forward of the engine, resulting in easy, ground-level access to routine maintenance points. An electric fuel-priming pump eliminates filling filters before installation. All the coolers are now grouped in the same compartment, and the condenser can be tilted with no tool for ease of cleaning. A new industrial package will provide improved protection when working in harsh environments, including a thin-grid mesh and engine air pre-cleaner. For further protection, the machine can be equipped to with a reversible fan (intervals can be adjusted from the monitor) and a vibrating cooling grill, which will automatically remove accumulated particles from the grill.

Electrical and hydraulic components are now grouped in specific areas for ease of service, and an automatic centralized greasing device (Auto-lube) is standard for straight sticks, allowing operators to remain focused on the job. The industrial stick of the MH3022 is also equipped with auto-lube. Access to the top platform is also improved, including a new service platform for DEF and fueling, as well as new handrails. Drive shaft greasing intervals have also been extended to 1,000 hours.

Integrated Cat Connect Technologies

To assist customers in improving jobsite efficiency and managing the MH3022 and MH3024 for optimum return on investment, Cat Connect offers LINK and DETECT technologies. Product Link™ helps fleet owners track locations, hours, fuel consumption, idle time, events and diagnostic codes by wirelessly reporting all via the online VisionLink® user interface to help lower owning and operating costs. 

Versatility and Attachments

The MH3022 and MH3024 can be equipped with a Variable Adjustable boom, One-Piece boom, or Material Handling boom, as well as a choice of various undercarriages, sticks, and quick couplers. Hydraulic quick coupler lines and circuits are standard and compatible with the new Cat Pin Grabber coupler, with no need to add any other line or circuit. As matching attachments with the machine is critical for productivity and efficiency, a variety of Cat attachments are offered to dig, sort, load or strip any kind of material. Machine hydraulic pressures and flows can be easily adjusted from the in-cab monitor, while the operator can adjust the machine behavior to the task and to personal preference. A 15kW generator is also available from factory. 

MH3022 & MH3024 Specifications

Engine Cat C7.1 ACERT
Net power,  MH3022 & MH3024  169  hp (126 kW)
Emissions Standards US Tier 4 Final/ EU Stage IV

Operating weight, MH3022*

22.7 metric tons / 25 tons
(50.045 / 55115 lb)
Operating weight, MH3024** 25.7 metric tons / 28.3 tons
(56.659 / 62391 lb)

* MH3022 equipped with a 6.4 m (21’0”) MH boom, 4.9 m (16’1”) drop nose stick, and solid rubber tires
**MH3024 equipped with a 6.8 m (22’4”) MH boom, 5.9 m (19’4”) drop nose stick, and solid rubber tires

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