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
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
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.
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. (SeeContractors 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
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
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