January 2018 Vol. 73 No. 1

New Products

More Choices With Next-Gen CAT Excavators, New Utility Vehicles

Three Next Generation 20-ton size class excavators from Caterpillar increase operating efficiency, lower fuel and maintenance costs, and improve operator comfort compared to previous models.

The New Cat 320 GC is designed for low- to medium-duty applications and the 320 is for medium- to heavy-duty. The premium 323 offers the most power and lift capacity in the line. All three offer unique combinations of purpose-built features designed to match customers’ productivity and cost targets.

Durable, efficient Cat engines provide duty-matched power ratings from 121 to 162 horsepower, and consume 20 to 25 percent less fuel than the previous models. New smart-mode operation automatically matches engine and hydraulic power to digging conditions, optimizing both fuel consumption and performance. In addition, engine speed is automatically lowered when there is no hydraulic demand.

The new cooling system employs multiple electric fans, which independently monitor hydraulic oil, radiator and air-to-air after-cooler temperatures to deliver the exact airflow required. Featuring a main control valve that eliminates the need for pilot lines, the new hydraulic system requires 20 percent less oil and lower long-term operating costs.

Reduced maintenance costs – as much as 15 percent over the previous series – are due to the excavators’ extended and more synchronized maintenance intervals. With higher dirt capacity, the new Cat hydraulic return filter boasts a 3,000-hour service life – a 50 percent increase over previous filters. An air filter with integrated pre-cleaner, and primary and secondary filters, extends service life to 1,000 hours – a 100 percent increase – while a new fuel tank cap filter extends service life to 2,000 hours. Each model’s fuel system filter has a 500-hour service interval.

Equipped with standard features like keyless push-button start, large standard 8-inch touchscreen monitor with jog dial keys for control, and sound-suppressed rollover protective structures (ROPS), all Next Generation Excavator cabs offer the next level of operator comfort, safety and quiet operation.

In addition, the new 320 and 323 are equipped with integrated Cat Connect Technology, which increases operating efficiency by up to 45 percent over traditional grading operations.

Utility vehicles built to work

Caterpillar’s first-ever utility vehicles, the CUV82 and CUV102D, offer durability, comfort and maintenance simplicity at a competitive price.

A rugged steel cargo bed, with 1,000-pound total rear cargo capacity and 2,000-pound towing capacity, is designed for outstanding performance in a variety of applications. A four-wheel independent suspension system, with a front sway bar, provides unmatched stability at full load. A long swing-arm suspension, custom-tuned springs and shocks balance a smooth ride with hauling loads. Ample ground clearance ensures these vehicles navigate rough terrain with ease.

These new Cat UTVs efficiently complete hauling tasks, quickly maneuvering over rugged terrain at speeds reaching 45 mph, depending on model. The CUV82 is powered by a 0.8L, three-cylinder, 50-horsepower gasoline engine; the CUV201D has a 1.0L, three-cylinder, 25-horsepower diesel engine.

Features such as smooth acceleration, clear sightlines and engine braking capability make the Cat UTV well-suited for hauling and towing. The intuitive column shifter allows the driver to easily maneuver through all the gears. Both models feature a continuously variable transmission, tuned specifically for work applications, offering smooth transitions and the ability to handle loads.

The choice of two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive or four-wheel drive/lock modes permits the driver to match vehicle drive to ground conditions.

Easy access to service points simplifies vehicle maintenance, while on-board advanced diagnostics reduce troubleshooting time.

Caterpillar Inc., (309) 675-1000, cat.com

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