Next generation Cat mini excavators unveiled

Five new models in the Cat mini hydraulic excavator line-up, engineered and manufactured by Caterpillar, are designed to provide users the best performance, versatility, safety, operator convenience—and affordability— in the smallest possible packages for 1-to-2-ton class machines.

This customer-centered approach to engineering results in the new models incorporating industry-first standard features, such as joystick steering (stick steer) and a tilt-up canopy or cab, as well as new options, including air conditioning and expandable undercarriages across the range.

The new model range allows customers expanded choices for matching machine capabilities and machine features to the applications: 301.5 (1.5-ton class, standard tail swing, with canopy); 301.6 (1.5-ton class, standard tail swing, with cab); 301.7 CR (1.7-ton class, compact radius, with canopy); 301.8 (1.8-ton class, standard tail swing, with either canopy or cab); 302 CR (2.0-ton class, compact radius, with either canopy or cab).

Minimum operating weights (approximate) for the new models range from 1575-2045 kg, with weights increasing to 1760-2200 kg, depending on specific machine configuration. Dig depths are 2340 or 2370 mm, depending on the model, and an available long stick increases depth to 2540 or 2570 mm. Rubber track undercarriages are standard, with steel tracks available for all models.

All the new models use the Cat C1.1 engine, a three-cylinder diesel rated at 14.3 net kW (19.2 net hp), available in configurations that meet EU Stage V emission standards as well as the requirements of less regulated countries.

The C1.1 features a power-dense design and delivers consistent performance through a wide speed range. Fuel efficiency is enhanced with engine idle control and automatic shutdown systems.

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