The 14M3’s front frame is a single, heavy-duty steel casting designed to dissipate working forces, and the rear frame features two bumper castings and thick hitch plates.
The Cat C13 ACERT engine features an ECO mode that boosts fuel economy by limiting the engine’s high-idle speed to 1,750 rpm in working gears, while maintaining machine power. The Shuttle-Shift feature enables directional shifts without slowing engine speed or using the inching pedal, and an available Autoshift system allows programming shift points to best match requirements of specific applications.
Blade-float features allow the entire blade to follow ground contour, or the toe of the blade can follow a hard surface, while the remaining cylinder is controlled manually. A 14-foot moldboard is standard; a 16-foot version is optional. A range of cutting edges and bits are available, as are a three-shank ripper, scarifier, and snow plow and snow-wing options.
A factory integrated Cat GRADE with Cross Slope system allows operators to easily maintain desired cross slope by automatically controlling one side of the blade. Cat Advanced Control Joysticks are optional with Cat GRADE with Cross Slope, and they also allow precise operation with AccuGrade and when using snow wings.
Joystick controllers in the 14M3 replace the multiple levers and steering wheel of conventional motor graders, reducing hand and arm movement by up to 78 percent for less operator fatigue. Selectable blade-lift modes fine, normal, and coarse match blade control to the application, and the “Return-to-Center” system automatically restores straight-frame travel from any angle.
The 14M3’s large windows provide excellent all-around visibility, and the optional rearview camera enhances sight lines to the rear. The standard suspension seat features side bolsters for comfortable side-slope operation, and heated/ventilated seats are available. The high-capacity HVAC system pressurizes and dehumidifies the cab for year-round comfort.