The new models boast industry-first features for the 2.7- to 3.5-ton class.

Caterpillar has introduced its new line of Cat 2.7- to 3.5-tonne hydraulic mini excavators built on the Next-Generation platform with several key features such as stick steer, cruise control, operator adjustable settings, and tilt-up canopy or cab as standard equipment.

Boosting operating efficiency, servicing ease and operator comfort, the new Cat 302.7 CR, 303 CR and 303.5 CR hydraulic mini excavators introduce industry-first features for the 2.7- to 3.5-ton class machines, in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

Expanded use of common parts throughout the line plus the sturdy exterior design help reduce parts inventory investment and lower repair costs, says Caterpillar.  Daily maintenance checks are quickly made from ground level through side doors, while the tilt-up cab design offers unmatched access to components for servicing, it adds.

Increased service intervals mean these excavators spend more time on the job and less time in the workshop. Combined, these features lower total ownership costs up to five per cent compared to previous models, Caterpillar states.

At the same time, design enhancements for the new 302.7 CR, 303 CR and 303.5 CR deliver up to 10 per cent more performance in travel and trenching. Hydraulic system upgrades improve lifting performance and cycle times, while customisable operator settings improve efficiency, it adds.

The turbocharged Cat C1.1 Turbo engine powers the 302.7 CR and 303 CR models, while the Cat C1.7 anchors the powertrain for the 303.5 CR. These Next Generation hydraulic mini excavators feature a compact radius swing that reduces overhang when working to the side, allowing the machines to optimise performance in confined spaces.