Southern African dealer for Caterpillar earthmoving equipment Barloworld Equipment officially launched three new Cat excavator models – the 320, the 320GC and the 323 – at an event held at the Nasrec Exhibition Centre last month.
All three boast increased operating efficiency and lower fuel and maintenance costs, as well as improved operator comfort, compared with previous models. Moreover, the new excavators offer unique combinations of purpose-built features designed to match customer productivity and cost targets.
The Cat 320 targets customers looking for optimum efficiency, its integrated Cat Connect technology enhancing productivity. It delivers low-cost production in medium- to heavy-duty applications.
Designed for low- to medium-duty applications, the Cat 320 GC combines productivity features with reduced fuel consumption and maintenance costs, resulting in high reliability and low cost-per-hour performance.
Delivering high production performance, the new Cat 323 boasts standard integrated Cat Connect technology and the most power and lift capacity in the line. These features combine with lower fuel consumption and reduced maintenance costs to deliver maximum productivity.
The 320 and the 323 have the industry’s highest level of standard factory-equipped technology to boost productivity. Both models are equipped with integrated Cat Connect technology, which increases operating efficiency by up to 45% over traditional units.
Offering guidance for depth, slope and horizontal distance to grade, the Cat Grade, equpped with the 2D system, helps operators reach desired grades quickly and accurately. Using the system’s E-fence feature enables the machine to work safely under structures or near traffic by preventing any part of the excavator from moving outside operator-defined set points. The standard 2D system can be upgraded to Cat Grade with Advanced 2D or Cat Grade with 3D.
The next-generation machines consume up to 25% less fuel than previous, corresponding models. The new Smart mode operation automatically matches engine and hydraulic power to digging conditions, optimising both fuel consumption and performance. Engine speed is automatically lowered when there is no hydraulic demand to further reduce fuel use.
Additionally, the new range reduces maintenance costs by up to 15% over the previous series costs. Featuring higher dirt capacity, the new hydraulic return filter boasts a 3 000-hour service life, which is a 50% increase on previous filters.
A new Cat air filter with integrated pre-cleaner and primary and secondary filters extends service life to 1 000 hours, a 100% increase on previous designs, while a new fuel tank cap filter extends service life to 2 000 hours. The three fuel system filters each offer a 500-hour service interval.
ll three excavator cabs come equipped with standard features like keyless push-button start and a 203 mm touchscreen monitor, with jog dial keys for control and sound-suppressed rollover protective structures to enhance operator comfort, safety and quiet operation.