Compact Equipment

JAN 2019

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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10 Compact Equipment JANUARY 2019 "What if we could develop, design and build a machine that our customers want?" asked Greg Worley, senior prod- uct engineer at Caterpillar, during a classroom session. "AC on a micro machine. Machines that are easy to maintain, look after and that are affordable. Machines that are strong, do the work that customers expect. What if we bring things like Stick Steer and cruise control — never seen before fea- tures to the industry? What about putting a monitor on a 1-ton machine that is exactly the same as the monitor on the 10-ton machine? Well, that is what the Next Generation mini hydraulic excavators are. They have been inspired by our customers." While the Next Gen mini exs were the highlight, there was a metric tonne of cool equipment launched at the event. The heavy stuff ranged from ag-focused wheel loaders like the M Series 906M, 907M and 908M to a complete revamp of Cat's famed D6 dozer, which debuted the world's first high drive electric drive powertrain. On the small side, the company announced the aforementioned Next Generation mini ex- cavators, the ultra-small 903D compact wheel loader and the CUV85 and CUV105 D five-seat utility vehicles. We discussed all of these models with Cat product managers and custom- ers and then took the opportunity to get behind wheels and sticks in the indoor arenas at the Edwards Demonstration and Learning Center just outside of Peoria. Premium Diggers The 10 new Cat Next Generation excavators set a new standard for premium features on small excavators. The Next Generation covers two ranges — 1- to 2-ton and 7- to 10- ton variants. On the micro side, there's the 301.5, 301.7 CR, 301.8 and 302 CR. Dig depths are 7 ft, 8 in. or 7 ft, 9 in., de- pending on the model, and an available long stick increases depth to 8 ft, 4 in. or 8 ft, 5 in. Rubber track undercarriages are standard, with steel tracks available for all models. The expandable undercarriages (standard for all models) narrow to allow the new machines to enter worksites through re- stricted access points, then extend to provide a stable work platform. Undercarriages for all models, except the 302 CR, retract from 51.2 to 39 in.; the 302 CR retracts from 55.1 to 42.9 in. "There is nowhere that these first four model machines cannot get to and work in," said Worley. "You see them in vineyards, you see them in the dog park and you see them at 10,000 ft in Colorado. All these models use the same pin size, which becomes very important as you use different sizes of these models, which swap around thumbs, ham- mers, couplers and buckets. There's also four industry first features, which allow 15 percent reduction in ownership cost and 20 percent more performance over the models that we have today." Those four industry-first features include: • Stick Steer: An exclusive feature that allows the operator to switch (with the touch of a button) from conventional lever/foot-pedal steering controls to left-hand joystick control. • Cruise control: Travel from one side of the jobsite to the other with a cruise control of 2.2 mph. • LCD monitor: The same monitor is on the 1-ton as on the 8-ton unit. This LCD monitor provides easy-to-read machine information and features a jog dial for ergonomic interaction. Radio is standard with cabs, as is Bluetooth ca- pability. • Flip-up cab with AC: Cat is noting that it's the first manufacturer to put air conditioning on all mini exca- vators down to 1.8 tons. The cab, optional on the 301.8 and 302 CR, is pressurized and sealed to reduce dust in- trusion. The cab or canopy also tilts up for great access to maintenance points and parts. All of these features also come standard on the six new models in the 7- to 10-ton category. That new lineup includes the: 307.5, 308 CR, 308 CR VAB, 309 CR, 309 CR VAB and the 310. These bigger new models have standard dig depths from 13 ft, 5 in. to 17 ft. Three models — 307.5, 308 CR and 309 CR — are available with a long-stick option that increases dig depth by approximately 22 in. The new Cat App is a mobile equipment management tool, giving customers an easy way to monitor their entire fleet, request parts and service and connect with their Cat dealer from the worksite. The ex- act location of all equipment tracked by the app is displayed on the mobile device, along with the machine's operating hours, health and utilization data. It enables operators to get the most from their equip- ment by moving an under-utilized asset to precisely where it is needed most. Customizable push notifications alert Cat App users of machine operating conditions, even if they don't check into the app every day. DETAILING THE NEW CAT APP The Cat App is available on both iOS and Android operating systems on Apple iTunes or Google Play.

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