Compact Equipment

NOV-DEC 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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Page 26 of 51 27 Small excavators get little love. Mini ex- cavators in the smallest 1- to 2-ton class usually come bare bones because they're often rental units; rental being an indus- try that values ROI over everything else. Caterpillar rarely does anything unembel- lished, and this fall announced maybe the nicest compact excavators on the market. Four new models of Cat mini hydraulic excavators took a customer-centered ap- proach to incorporate industry-first stan- dard features, such as LCD monitors, tilt- up canopies or cabs and joystick steering called Stick Steer, which is something no one else has. The new model range in- cludes the 301.5, 301.7 CR, 301.8 and 302 CR (CR standing for compact radius). Dig depths are 7 ft, 8 in. or 7 ft, 9 in., depend- ing on the model, and an available long stick increases depth to 8 ft, 4 in. or 8 ft, 5 in. The design of these Next Generation models emphasizes the comfort, conve- nience and safety of the operator. The cab, optional on the 301.8 and 302 CR, is pressurized and sealed to reduce dust in- trusion and is fitted with a climate control system (with or without air conditioning). The front window slides upward and stores overhead. The operating consoles feature adjustable wrist rests, and a suspension seat is available. A machine security sys- tem is standard — key it with a pass code or push to start with a fob. The LCD moni- tor provides this easy-to-read machine info and features a jog dial for ergonomic in- teraction with the monitor. Coolest of all: Stick Steer allows the operator to switch (with the touch of a button) from conven- tional lever/foot-pedal steering controls to left-hand joystick control. For more info, visit Caterpillar's Smallest Mini Ex Models Redefine Deluxe Standards

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