New Landfill Compactor

The new Cat 816K landfill compactor builds on the established performance, durability, and reliability that the model 816 has demonstrated since 1972.

“The new K Series model, designed with heavy-duty main structures that support multiple life cycles, features a fuel-efficient Cat C7.1 Acert engine, single-lever steering, pressurized cab, and wheel/tip options that provide extended service life,” the provider Caterpillar stresses. Available Cat Compact Technologies, such as Compaction Control, would further enhance compaction performance and consistency by providing accurate compaction values and 3D mapping.

According to the information, the foundation of the 816K’s purpose-built design is its massive, robotically welded main structures, “featuring a full box-section rear frame that resists torsional shock and twisting forces, heavy-duty steering cylinder mounts to efficiently transmit steering loads into the frame, and an axle-mounting design that is optimized for increased structural integrity.” As reported, three new wheel and tip configurations allow matching the landfill compactor to the application. “The Paddle Tip reduces weight and provides high performance with reduced fuel burn. The Plus Tip provides increased side-slope stability, and the Combination Tip provides an effective compromise of performance, fuel economy, and side-slope stability.”

In addition, specialized guarding protects components from damage, debris accumulation, chemicals, and premature wear, including axle guarding that prevents material from wrapping and binding around the axles. The transmission oil tube is also guarded, and the fuel tank is positioned away from debris in the front frame. A screened air inlet for the radiator is placed high at the rear of the machine to prevent debris from blocking airflow, and the grille’s design allows trash to fall away. Striker bars are designed to keep wheels free of debris, and optional cleaner fingers are available for use in cohesive soils and in material that packs between tips.

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