• February 22, 2019
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Equipment Focus: Caterpillar 140H Grader

Equipment Focus: Caterpillar 140H Grader

If you’re considering buying a Cat 140H grader for sale, you want to know whether it’s a good investment.

We’ve done all the gruelling research for you, so you can find just about everything you need to make a decision right here in this article. So, let’s get into why the Caterpillar 140H could be a good choice for your next project.

Related: 7 big reasons the Cat 140M is a standout machine

In this article:

  • Cat 140H grader overview
  • Video walkaround of a Cat 140H
  • Caterpillar 140H features
  • Cat 140H price
  • Common Cat 140H problems
  • Cat 140H Specs

Cat 140H Grader Overview

First produced in 1995, the Cat 140H grader is a trusted classic in motor graders. While there have been many advancements in Caterpillar graders since then, many still prefer the grunt and controls of the older 140H grader.

The 140H grader is articulated and a little less powerful than the newer 140M grader, with 165 base HP (compared to 183 for the M series), but as an older model that’s to be expected. It’s still a reliable, durable machine that seems to be a favourite among operators and owners alike.

Cat 140H Motor Grader Walkaround

Disclaimer: The grader in this clip may be an overseas model. The Australian model may vary from above.

Cat 140H Features

In the Cab

For its time, the 140H does have a spacious and (somewhat) comfortable cab, thanks to its adjustable suspension seat and armrests. The cab also includes:

  • Electronic clutch pressure control (ECPC) system
  • Electronic throttle control
  • Monitoring system with diagnostic capabilities
  • Large side windows and improved forward visibility (compared to the G series)
  • Reduced engine noise in cab

The 140H includes innovative changes to improve operator efficiency and, in turn, greater machine productivity.

Under the Bonnet

There’s a lot going on in the 140H that makes it powerful and reliable. The engine itself is designed for high torque output, extended life, fuel efficiency and variant horsepower for easier operation. All while being emissions compliant for its time. When looking at the rest of the machine, Cat have thought of just about everything:

  • Electronic overspeed protection
  • 8 forward and 6 reverse speeds
  • Power shift transmission
  • Direct drive
  • Balanced flow, blade float & load-sensing hydraulics
  • Independent oil supply

The 140H frame and engine is designed and built to exceed the expectations of the customer.



When designing the 140H, Caterpillar placed a lot of emphasis on serviceability and easy maintenance. They did this by focusing on creating a ‘service center’ as one central point for most routine inspections and maintenance needs. Other serviceability features include:

  • Ground-level fuel tank
  • Extended oil change interval
  • Cat XT hose technology
  • Radiator cleanout access

Cat 140H Price

Cat 140H motor graders cost between $62,300 and $325,000, averaging at $181,788 (used). The average price of a 140H listing on Machines4U is $82,500*.

Common Cat 140H Problems

As with any machine with lots of moving components and hydraulic systems, the Cat 140H is susceptible to issues. Here are the most common complaints we’ve found when it comes to this piece of kit:

  • Hydraulic pressure issues
  • Overheating problems
  • Transmission problems

Of course, these issues can occur in any machine and (generally) can be easily fixed should they occur.

Cat 140H Specs

Engine Cat 3176 STA engine, variable HP
Net Base Power (all gears) 165 HP
Operating Weight (Max) 21,261 kg
Transmission Direct drive, powershift
Forward/Reverse Gears 8 fwd, 6 rev
Fuel Capacity 397 L
Turn Radius 7.5 m
Top Speed 44km/h fwd, 34.7 km/h rev
Moldboard Blade Width 3658 mm
Moldboard Height 610 mm
Max Cut Depth 715 mm
Blade Pull at Max Weight 19,135 kg

Do you have something to add to this article? Let us know in the comments below!

Check out Cat 140H graders for sale here.

*Prices are indicative of Machines4U listing data by sellers/advertisers and are an approximation only. Data is correct up to and at time of publishing. Prices may change and need to be verified with individual sellers.

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