Cat says that its new M318F and M320F wheeled excavators have been designed to meet a long list of customer requirements, including quality, reliability, low operating costs, operator comfort and safety, simplicity of operation and maintenance, durability, and environmental friendliness.
They also retain key features of predecessor models, including the Cat Smartboom, ride control, load-sensing hydraulics, dedicated swing pump, hydraulically driven cooling fan, large working envelope, and configuration/work-tool versatility, the manufacturer says.
The new cabin has a larger door with added glass, new windscreen with parallel wipers, a larger skylight, and a standard rear-view camera housed in the redesigned counterweight as well as a right-side camera with a separate in-cab monitor.
Entering and exiting the cabin has been made easier with redesigned three access steps and a new design door handrail. Inside the cabin, the left-hand console tilts to facilitate entering and leaving the seat, and the console includes an integral safety lever. Also new is the steering wheel, which is height adjustable and has a tilting column. The new cabin has an interior sound level of 71 dB(A), and vibration levels have been reduced.
There is a new blade for the M318F and M320F with a redesigned profile that allows it to remain parallel to the ground at any height.
The Cat C7.1 Acert engine provides 126kW of net power. As before, is longitudinally mounted with the cooling package forward of the engine for ease of access for maintenance.