Tight deadlines. Shrinking margins. A skilled labor shortage. How do you cope with the pressure? Control what you can and manage the rest. Caterpillar invites you to take control of motor grader productivity with a suite of technologies for all M Series, M Series 2 and M Series 3 models. With Cat GRADE with Cross Slope, Stable Blade, Auto Articulation and Advanced Control Joysticks, you’ll be in a stronger position to control production efficiency and operating costs.
Get to grade faster and more accurately with this simple blade control system that requires no satellites or infrastructure. It automatically adjusts pitch on one side of the blade based on the operator’s manual input. The adjustment happens immediately, delivering a uniform elevation change across the cutting edge. The result is quick, precise grading with less fuel, material and effort. Curious about how much time and money this technology actually saves? Review results from a real-world production study conducted by a county highway department in rural South Dakota.
When a machine bounces, it can be nearly impossible to achieve a smooth, even grade. That’s why Caterpillar developed Stable Blade, a patented technology that detects and reduces bounce before it destroys your work. When Stable Blade senses bounce, it automatically reduces engine speed at 15 percent intervals until the machine stabilizes. Then it increases rpm systematically until a pre-set level is reached. Engine settings can be easily adjusted to match operator preferences and site conditions. Get this option on new M Series motor graders or order a retrofit kit for the machine you’re already running.
Improve performance and maneuverability in tight spaces with Auto Articulation, a simple technology that lets your M Series grader articulate automatically as it’s steered. Using Auto Articulation and other integrated technologies reduces operator fatigue and improves productivity, especially on sites with curves, obstacles and turnarounds. New M Series and M Series 3 graders come from the factory with Auto Articulation hardware and include a 500-hour software demo. Retrofit packages are available for M, M2 and M3 models.
Equip your motor grader with Advanced Control Joysticks to boost operator safety, efficiency and productivity. Easy to learn and easy to use, these revolutionary controls let operators steer, shift, articulate, adjust the blade, use automated grading systems and control auxiliary hydraulics—without taking their hands off the joysticks. An exclusive feature allows up to five frequently-used slopes to be saved and returned to in an instant for quick transitions between grades. Whether you’re clearing land, maintaining a road or removing snow, Advanced Control Joysticks will help you maximize efficiency.
The best way to understand how these technologies can benefit your business is to team up with your local Cat dealer. Dealer professionals can help you choose the right systems and use them to their full potential. They’ll also share insights about fleet optimization, equipment management, financing and more. With support and advice from your Cat dealer, you’re better able to take control.