Caterpillar’s new 323f excavator
First publishedin Aggregates Business Europe
Caterpillar says its new Cat 323F LN excavator is specially designed with reinforced structures and massive counterweights to take on the most severe applications. The heavy-duty booms and sticks feature high strength steel and box section construction with internal baffles for added durability, and “the massive upper frame, car body (lower frame), and track roller frames are designed for strength and long-term durability.”
This F Series excavator delivers a 4% improvement in fuel efficiency, compared with the 323E LN, resulting primarily from the efficiency of the 120kW net power Cat C4.4 ACERT engine that meets EU Stage IV emission standards.
“Proven electronic, fuel, air, and after-treatment components (including a maintenance-free diesel particulate filter) provide effective emissions control without interrupting work cycles and with no compromise in productivity, fuel efficiency, reliability, or service life,” says the company.
The 323F LN hydraulic system places major components in close proximity to minimise piping lengths and to reduce frictional losses and pressure drops.
Combined with boom and stick regeneration circuits that reduce load on the main pumps, the Cat hydraulic system is said to contribute significantly to overall fuel savings. The 323F LN is available with two configurations for the front linkage: Reach and Variable Adjustable.
“Cat Connect helps customers get more value from their Cat equipment and improve jobsite efficiency by capitalising on Caterpillar technology and Cat dealer services. Equipment owners need to employ machines to full potential in order to realise maximum return on investment, producing more, in less time, while using less fuel, avoiding unnecessary machine wear, and ensuring the safety of everyone on the job,” says Caterpillar.