New Caterpillar excavators offer optimised productivity and low operating costs

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Caterpillar has unveiled two new hydraulic excavators, the Cat 336 and the 340.

Both offer class-leading production and low-cost operation, whilst their powerful hydraulic system delivers strong digging forces and swing torque to boost production in the most demanding applications.

“Our new Cat 336 and 340 models deliver the right balance of power and payload,” commented Brian Abbott, Caterpillar global product manager for large hydraulic excavators. “The result is rugged and reliable machines that deliver excellent production along with low owning and operating costs.”

Built rugged, less maintenance

With their strong structures, the 336 an 340 excavators will deliver reliable operation in a variety of applications. The Cat C7.1 engine’s four million hours of service attest to its long-term reliability. Three engine modes match excavator power to the demands of the job while saving fuel. Power mode delivers maximum power to meet the most demanding tasks; Smart mode automatically matches engine and hydraulic power to digging conditions to lower fuel consumption. Reducing engine speed to a constant 1500 rpm, Eco mode minimises fuel consumption.

Synchronised 1,000-hour oil and fuel filter service intervals reduce downtime. The extended intervals also eliminate labor cost for nine oil and fuel filter changes and parts cost for 27 oil and fuel filters over 10,000 machine operating hours compared to many competitive 30-40 ton excavators.

High-ambient temperature capability of 52˚ C (125˚ F), cold-start capability at -18˚ C (0˚ F), and the ability to work at up to 4500m (14,764 ft) above sea level enable the machines to work in various climates. Auto hydraulic warmup in cold temperatures gets the machine to work faster and prolongs the life of machine components. The air intake filter with pre-cleaner features high dust capacity, and a high-efficiency hydraulic fan offers optional automatic reverse to keep cores free from debris.

Product Link collects data automatically. View information like location, hours, fuel usage, idle time, maintenance alerts, diagnostic codes, and machine health online through web and mobile applications. Maximising machine uptime, Remote Troubleshoot and Remote Flash allow dealers to remotely connect with the machine to diagnose fault codes and update operating software.

Simple, comfortable operation

From Deluxe to Premium, Next Generation cab trim levels are available. Deluxe cabs come with a heated air-suspension seat; Premium cabs come with a heated and ventilated air-suspension seat. Both have a tilt up left-hand console for easier access in and out of the machine.

A touchscreen monitor and jog dial offer quick navigation through machine controls and provide easy access to the machine’s digital operator’s manual. Keyless pushbutton start is standard, and Bluetooth® key fob is available. An Operator ID passcode allows for engine starting, and Operator ID can quickly save and restore joystick button, response, and pattern preferences for individual operators.

Optional Cat Stick Steer makes travel and turning much easier. A host of standard technologies – Cat Payload on-board weighing, Grade Assist for maintaining grade, and 2D Grade with depth and slope indication – elevate operator efficiency and machine productivity. All Cat Grade systems are compatible with radios and base stations from top third-party technology suppliers. Operators can store up to four depth and slope offsets to quickly cut to grade without a grade checker. Auto Hammer Stop warns operators after 15 seconds of continuous firing and then shuts off the hammer after 30 seconds to prevent wear and tear. Auto Dig Boost and Auto Heavy Lift increase bucket penetration and lift capacity by 8%, and Lift Assist helps operators avoid tipping the machine.

 

 

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