On-Site Magazine

Cat excavator delivers productivity and sustainability

By Adam Freill   

Construction Equipment

(Source: Caterpillar)

Featuring powerful digging force and strong swing torque, the new Cat 350 Excavator can be equipped with buckets up to 3.2 m3 (4.2 yd3). Featuring three power modes: Smart, Power, and Eco, the 350 consumes up to 13 per cent less fuel than the Cat 349, and allows the operator to match the excavator to the job to further reduce fuel consumption.

“Caterpillar is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while helping our customers meet their climate-related objectives,” said Brian Abbott, Caterpillar global product manager for large hydraulic excavators. “The 350 is our latest example of delivering on that commitment.”

The excavator’s standard Cat 2D Grade system indicates depth and slope on the monitor with alerts to increase operating efficiency. Grade Assist helps the operator to effortlessly stay on grade with single-lever digging. For truck loading and trenching applications, Swing Assist automatically stops excavator swing at operator-defined setpoints to consume less fuel. Lift Assist helps to avoid machine tipping by letting the operator know the load is within safe working range limits. To safely work around obstructions, 2D E-Fence prevents the excavator from moving outside of operator-defined set points.

Cat Payload onboard weighing provides real-time weight estimates to achieve precise load targets and improve efficiency. When combined with VisionLink, Payload offers remote managing of production targets. Alternatively, the monitor’s USB port allows fleet managers to download up to 30 days of work for progress management without an internet connection or VisionLink subscription.

Available in-cab grade technology upgrades include Cat Grade with Advanced 2D for creating and editing grade designs via a second high-resolution touchscreen monitor and Cat Grade with 3D to create and edit designs on that second monitor plus see the front linkage’s full range of motion.

The 350 features keyless starting via a push button, Operator ID passcode, or Bluetooth key fob. Operators can program each joystick button to preference, including power mode, response, and pattern, using the unique Operator ID. The machine will recall individual preferences based on the ID. Its large, high-resolution touchscreen monitor with jog dial offers quick navigation through machine controls and provides quick access to the machine’s digital operator’s manual.

The deluxe cab features automatic climate control, a tilt-up left seat console for easy entry and exit, and a heated seat. With all controls ergonomically positioned in front of the operator, the layout helps to reduce fatigue and straining movements. Large cab windows, along with a lower front, right, and rear machine profile, offer outstanding visibility of the work area without straining.

The Cat C9.3B engine delivers 413 hp to the 47,700 kg machine. Maximum digging depth is 26’ 11”; reach at ground line is 39’ 10”; and max loading height is 24’ 3”.




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