Review: 2002 Caterpillar 140H Motor Grader
2002 Caterpillar 140H Motor Grader: The Introduction
I can no longer remember the last time I have reviewed a Caterpillar product. So, today, I’ve decided to feature an equipment from this “construction giant,” which we were able to get our hands on during a quick visit to a project site. The model is the 2002 version of the 140H motor grader.
Essentially, the 140H, just like other graders on the market, is specifically built for constructing and maintaining gravel and dirt roads. Not only can it make your exhausting jobs much easier, it can also make your operators’ work more productive. Now, I don’t want you to wait a little longer so let me finally begin with my review of the Caterpillar 140H. Let’s find out whether it can really provide efficiency to our most demanding road construction projects.
2002 Caterpillar 140H Motor Grader: Key Features
The 2002 Caterpillar 140H integrates the innovative Cat 3176 diesel engine. When you see it, this engine only brings a compact design yet it can deliver a large, outstanding performance. It incorporates a high displacement and a low rated speed, enough to enable it to provide an excellent fuel economy and durability that can definitely reduce your operating costs.
Taking full advantage of this 3176 motor, though, is the power shift transmission. Personally, what I loved about this part is the it is specifically designed for Caterpillar motor graders. It can provide an inching capability along with an on-the-go and full-power shifting.
Given that it is Cat’s own, we already knew that it can perform at a top level. During our test, its Y-frame drawbar, which is made up of two solid beams, was able to give us a precise blading control. Its blade, on the other hand, assured us nothing but reliability and optimum strength. Thanks to is tough-hardened cutting edge and large diameter bolts.
There are actually other outstanding components that also let the 140H deliver maximum productivity. These include the circle construction, the circle drive slip clutch, the long wheelbase, and the replaceable wear items.
The 140H’s cabin has numerous features to brag about, but let me just focus on the most noteworthy ones. These are the EMS III monitoring system and the nice ventilation that gives the operator a world-class comfort and control. It has a superb visibility to the front and rear, too, which increases the driver’s productivity and confidence.
Inside it, meanwhile, is a contour series suspension seat that sports a retractable belt and fold-up armrests. An electronic throttle control comes as standard as well, along with the unique Electronic Clutch Pressure Control and the ergonomically laid out switches on the steering console.
2002 Caterpillar 140H Motor Grader: Price
Used: $127,000 AUD ($139,700 GST Inclusive) – Allied Equipment Sales
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2002 Caterpillar 140H Motor Grader: The Verdict
Summing it all up, the 2002 Caterpillar 140H can truly provide utmost efficiency to your most demanding road building projects. For me, one of its best advantages is its robust blade and moldboard as they can deliver excellent grading results every time. I find its power train a plus point, too. The 3176 diesel engine and the power shift transmission can definitely deliver responsive performance and reliability. Though just bear in mind that this grader that we’ve tested is not a brand new model, thus, I’m afraid it may require regular maintenance and checking. But, don’t fret too much because Cat has integrated what they call the “Service Center” so you can easily access and inspect the maintenance points. Overall, the 140H is a high performance motor grader that deserves a place in your construction site.