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What’s New In Plant & Equipment

wirelessly connect owners to their machines, providing

access to data—such as location, hours, fuel consump-

tion and idle time.

Such technology put fleet owners and plant hire

companies in control, in real time. The ability to see

if a machine is where it should be and doing what it is

supposed to be doing has to be a welcomed service.

All this contributes to increased productivity which

means more time in the cab of the operator. Hence

the roll-over-protective-structure (ROPS) cab is spa-

cious and quiet with large glass areas for all-around

visibility. Positive air filtration pressurizes the cabin

to keep out dust, and height-adjustable joystick con-

soles, large colour monitor, and available air-suspen-

sion/heated/ cooled seat ensure operator comfort.

Operators will also appreciate the interior sound level of

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For enhanced safety, standard equipment includes

time-delay working lights and a rearview camera.

Take Your Pick

With the introduction of the Cat 313 F L GC excavator,

Caterpillar is trying to satisfy different customer needs.

This model is configured for what the company refer to as

‘Life Cycle Value Customers’ - that is customers who have

a relatively low machine utilization; work at a low cost

per hour and where productivity is balanced to the job

requirements.

Matthew Newman, Global Product Application

Specialist explained that not all customers have the same

demands and, for many, they had to make a compromise in

selecting the most suitable sized machine for their typical

jobs. It will also be a popular choice for rental companies.

T h e

Cat 313 LC is configured to reduce

the need for a compromise by providing durability and

lower cost of ownership. In performance terms, it has al-

most the identical working envelope as the 312E.

The machine’s new and simple hydraulic system deliv-

ers ample and reliable power for digging, lifting, and at-

tachment use. The load-sense pump and main control

valve calculate exact work demands—all to deliver the stick

and bucket force needed to get work done with low own-

ing and operating costs. For added machine versatility, the

model can be equipped with high- and medium-pressure

hydraulic circuits along with a quick coupler to handle a

range of Cat buckets and work tools.

Latest Mini-Excavators

The Caterpillar event was also an opportunity to get close

up to the company’s latest mini-excavators that were intro-

duced late last year. (See

Contractors World UK & Ireland Vol 4 No 4 )

.

The 305E2, 305.5E2 and 308E2 are direct replacements

for existing E series models.

Further Enhancements to Loaders

Malaga was the launch platform for several new models

from the Caterpillar wheel loader range. These included

the M318F, M320F, 938M, 950M, 960M and 963K tracked

loaders together with the MH3022, MH3024 and MH3037

material handlers.

The latest in compact M-Series wheel loaders use a 56

kW (75-gross horsepower) Cat C3.3B engine with an elec-

tronically controlled hydrostatic drive system that meets

US EPA Tier 4 Final / EU Stage IIIB emission standards.

The Cat Hystat system can achieve up to a 36 km/h

(22 mph) top speed for these models with the optional

stop-to-shift transmission that allows the operator to

Cat 313F L GC excavator designed for cost-

conscious customers who do not need a ma-

chine that’s working continuously.

Cat Compact Wheel Loaders now Tier IV Final

engine compliant.

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