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News » Canada » Cat launches lighter mini excavator » published 13 Oct 2017

Cat launches lighter mini excavator

Caterpillar has reduced the weight of the Cat 303E CR mini excavator to simplify transport of the machine.

The redesign is to accommodate customers who require a maximum 4,536kg transport weight. The company said that the performance of the lighter excavator has not been compromised when compared to the current model.

The new 303E CR weighs 3,062kg when equipped with a canopy, full fuel tank and 610mm bucket. The weight is down from the previous machine weight of 3,311kg, and the difference provides expanded margin to accommodate the trailer weight and ancillary equipment while keeping total weight less than 4,536kg.

The new 303E CR is 1,550mm wide across the blade and has zero-radius tail swing. The machine is designed to work in small spaces and on congested sites, as well as being easy to transport. The cab version will also benefit from the weight reduction.

For customers who do not need to meet the 4,536kg transport requirement and wish to maintain the current machine weight, an optional 267kg counterweight is available. This configuration is seen as especially useful in heavy-duty applications and when using heavy attachment configurations that include couplers and thumbs. The counterweight brings the machine weight back to the current model weight of 3,311kg with a tail swing of less than 127mm.



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This article was published on 13 Oct 2017 (last updated on 13 Oct 2017).

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