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Cat updates three mini excavators, boosting performance, lowering costs

By On-Site Staff   


The latest enhancements to three machines in Cat’s mini excavator class will provide operators with more efficient and resilient equipment, while also lowering the cost of ownership.

Caterpillar introduced the new Cat 302.7 CR, 303 CR and 303.5 CR last week, bringing a host of new performance and updated tech features to the machines ranging from 2.7 to 3.5 tonnes.

Design enhancements deliver up to 10 per cent more performance for both travel and trenching, while hydraulic system improvements offer better lifting credentials and cycle times.

The expanded use of common parts throughout the line help contractors limit parts inventories and slim down on repair costs. The tilt-up cab design also simplifies servicing, which is performed on longer intervals. The equipment maker says it has lowered the total cost of ownership for the machines five per cent compared to previous models.

Customers can pick between a cab or canopy, with pressurized cab options being available with heating and air conditioning. Operators are offered an advanced touchscreen display and the Stick Seer system for travelling, among other features. For security, both passcode and Bluetooth key start are available.


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