Caterpillar executives and motor grade production team members assembled at the OEM’s Decator, Ill., facility to celebrate the production and sale of its 1,000th Cat 24 motor grader, which is headed for the Rio Tinto’s Pilbara operations in Perth, Australia.
The machine was sold by Cat dealer WesTrac.
The Cat 24 motor grader was first introduced in 1995 and was specifically designed to build and maintain haul roads at mining sites with ultra-class haul trucks. Now in its third generation, the Cat 24 offers 399- to 518-kW (535- to 694-hp) power, 61,950 kg (136,575 lb.) weight, a 7.3-m (24-ft.) moldboard with an 8.5-m (28-ft) moldboard option, and technology as standard to work wide haul roads efficiently.
Sam Vedhakumar Manoharan, vice president of product management, earthmoving, said the Cat 24 continues to be a game-changer for maintenance efficiency.
“We thank the many global mining operations and dedicated Cat dealers around the world for their loyalty to the Cat 24 grader,” he added.
Today’s Cat 24 motor grader features more than 30% higher power, 13% more weight and a longer rebuild life than previous generations. It also offers an 8.5-m (28-ft.) moldboard option and will soon feature a high-performance circle design for further improved reliability.
The milestone machine includes a special 1,000th unit commemorative plate.