New excavator from Caterpillar

Louise Smyth

The new 26 ton Cat 326 excavator delivers improved fuel savings, lower maintenance costs and improved operator comfort with all-new cab designs.

Key to the design is operating simplicity. From remote start using a Bluetooth key fob or the unique Operator ID function to operator-specific programming of power mode and joystick preferences, the excavator is easier to operate than ever before. The machine’s 8 inches (203 mm) high-resolution touchscreen monitor delivers intuitive navigation through the menus and includes a digital version of the operator’s manual.

Meeting the most stringent emissions standards, the Cat 7.1 engine efficiently powers the new 326 excavator with up to 15 per cent lower fuel consumption compared to the F Series. The new Cat model features three selectable power modes and one-touch low idle with automatic engine speed control. It also boasts a standard high-ambient temperature operating capacity of 125 degrees Fahrenheit (52 degrees Celsius) and standard cold start capacity of 0 degrees F (-18 degrees C).

The machine’s 12 per cent improvement in swing torque makes it easier to swing, especially on inclines with fully loaded buckets. SMART-mode operation automatically matches engine speed and hydraulic power to digging conditions, while offering an additional 5 per cent fuel savings without impacting productivity.  

Optional Smartboom allows the boom to lower freely without using pump flow, therefore saving fuel. It can also be used when hammering to apply just the right amount of down force.

Advansys bucket tips are quickly changed with a lug wrench versus a hammer or special tool to improve safety. The excavator features auxiliary hydraulic options for using a wide range of attachments.


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