The New Cat Hydraulic Excavator “In Sustainability”

The Caterpillar 350 Excavator

Caterpillar has launched a new 47-ton excavator, the Cat 350, which is said to burn up to 13% less fuel than the Cat 349 to cut costs, reduce CO2 emissions and operate more sustainably.

The model, which will initially launch in North America, also has three power mode options – Smart, Power and Eco – 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 goals,” said Brian Abbott, Caterpillar Global Product Manager for Large Hydraulic Excavators. “The 350 is our latest example of fulfilling this commitment.”

The new 350’s standard Cat 2D Grade system shows depth and grade on the monitor with alerts to increase operating efficiency. Grade Assist helps the operator stay level with single-lever digging. For truck and trench loading applications, Swing Assist automatically stops excavator swing at operator-defined set points to save fuel.

Lift assist helps prevent machine tipping by letting the operator know the load is within the safe working range. To navigate around obstacles safely, 2D E-Fence prevents the excavator from moving outside the set points set by the operator.

The new Cat 350 excavator can be equipped with large buckets up to 3.2 m3

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

Tech upgrades available in-cab include Cat Grade with Advanced 2D to create and edit grading designs via a second touchscreen and Cat Grade with 3D to create and edit designs on that second monitor and see the full range of motion of the front lift.

Cat claims that all of its Grade systems are compatible with radios and base stations from major third-party technology vendors.